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Multiculturalism and its Discontents

Date: Monday 5 October, 6:45 (for 7pm start) to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speakers: Adrian Hart, (Prof) Paul Thomas, Yunas Samad

A satellite event for the Battle of Ideas 2015

Multiculturalism has come in for increasing criticism lately. Policies that were first posed as a solution to the racial conflicts of the 1980s have come to be seen by many as the cause of ‘myriad social ills’. Recent comments by Nigel Farage in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre that multiculturalist policies ‘wilfully segregate us’ and David Cameron that they have encourage ‘different cultures to live separate lives’, echo those of the former chair of the EHRC, Trevor Phillips, that such policies legitimise ‘separateness’ between communities.

But are the criticisms of multiculturalist policies fair? Do they threaten to re-create and reinforce a more divided Britain? Or are they still essential to delivering a fairer, more tolerant and egalitarian society? And if multiculturalist policy is a problem, what would we put in its place?



Tetley Talks: Civilization and its Discontents

For this year's series of talks in partnership with The Tetley we're examing the theme of Civilization and its Discontents, through three key and controversial 19th and 20th century thinkers and their reactions to and influences upon the modern world. Over three Saturday afternoons in November and December we've invited writers and academics to introduce discussions on:

Saturday 14 November - Freud and the Repressive Society

Saturday 28 November - Spencer and the Organic Society

Saturday 05 December - Heidegger and the Rejection of Modernity





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