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What Traditions, Whose Culture, What Curriculum? The Battle for Britain’s Identity

Over the last 18 months, much of Britain’s cultural and academic establishment have fallen in with a new cultural norm. Leading figures in the media, the universities and in public life advocate

  • Removing statues that have stood in streets and squares for decades or centuries
  • Changing the history taught in schools
  • ‘Decolonizing the curriculum’ at university

But should the frenzy of the moment be allowed to eradicate the cultural and historical traditions in schools, universities and public places? At lunchtime on Thursday 9th December, Politeia will hold a special event to discuss the themes in John Marenbon’s new Politeia publication, The Battle for Britain’s Cultural identity – Against the New Normal. In it he responds to the threats posed to three areas of cultural life – public commemoration, history at schools and university curricula.Guest Speakers will include

  • John Marenbon FBA, Trinity College Cambridge, fellow of the British Academy and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at Cambridge, author of The Battle for Britain’s Cultural Identity – Against the New Normal
  • Allison Pearson, columnist and chief interviewer for The Daily Telegraph 
  • David Abulafia FBA, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History, Cambridge
  • Sir Christopher Chope OBE MP, Member of Parliament for Christchurch (Dorset) who chaired sittings for the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill Committee stages.

Chairing the meeting will be Dr Sheila Lawlor, Politeia’s Research Director.

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