Mansfield College Lecture Series
5 pm on Fridays
The Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Hands Building, Mansfield College
Convener | Helen Mountfield QC, Principal
Week 1: 12 October
Speaker: Allida Black
Title: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle to Define Human Rights
Biog: Allida Black is Research Professor of History at the George Washington University, editor emeritus of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, and Managing Director of the Allenswood Group, LLC, a consortium she founded to promote human rights education and to advise women leaders on how best to put their archives to use in the political, policy, and educational arenas.
Week 2: 19 October
Speaker: Corey Stoughton
Title: “Free Speech and Censorship on Campus”
Biog: Corey Stoughton is the Acting Director at Liberty. Before joining Liberty, she was senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and a senior lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York. She graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan and remains an active member of the New York State Bar.
Week 3: 26 October
Speaker: Naomi Climer, CBE
Title: “Shaping the Future: considering emerging technology impacts on life and work”
Biog: Naomi Climer CBE: Naomi is Co-Chair of the Institute for the Future of Work and non executive director on a number of boards. She is an engineer and leader, her career has been spent in the Broadcast and Communications technology industry including leadership roles at the BBC, ITV and Sony both in Europe and the US. Now Naomi focuses on the role that technology will play in the future and advocates for technology as a force for positive change.
Week 5: 9 November
Speaker: Agnes Fletcher
Title: “Reflections on Identity, Belonging and the Meaning of `Disability’”
Biog: Agnes Fletcher was centrally involved in the lobbying and direct action that led to the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. At the Disability Rights Commission until 2007 and for the past 11 years as an independent advisor, consultant and trainer, she has worked with more than 100 organisations to implement equality legislation and increase confidence about harnessing the benefits of diversity.
Week 6: 16 November
Adam von Trott Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Mr Thomas Oppermann
Title: “Germany, Britain and Europe: What Prospects?”
Biog: Thomas Oppermann was elected as Vice-President of the German Bundestag in 2017. Since 2005 he has held several positions within the Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary group, most recently as chairman. Before entering the Bundestag he was a member of the Lower Saxony State Parliament (Landtag), from 1998 to 2003 he served as state minister for science and culture.
Week 7: 23 November
Speaker: Caleb Femi
Title: “Because of the Times: British Writing in Resistance”
Biog: Poet Caleb Femi is the former Young Poet Laurette and English Literature teacher. He is featured in the Dazed 100 list of the next generation shaping youth culture and uses film, photography and music to push the boundaries of poetry both on the page, in performance and on digital mediums. He has written and directed short films commissioned by the BBC and Channel 4 and poems by the Tate Morden, The Royal Society for Literature, St Paul's Cathedral, the BBC, the Guardian and many more.
Week 8: 30 November
Speaker: Kamal Ahmed
Title: The Life and Times of a Very British Man
Biog: Kamal Ahmed was born in 1967 in London. He is part of the first generation of mixed-race children born in Britain during the 60s and 70s. Today he is one of Britain’s most respected journalists, working at the BBC as Editorial Director.
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