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Empire Panel

  • Exeter College Oxford, OX1 3DP United Kingdom (map)

Dr Shashi Tharoor revived debate about the legacy of the British Empire in early 2017, arguing in his book Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India that the British suffer from 'amnesia' with respect to their colonial exploits. Voices emerged in the wake of the book's released arguing for a more generous view of our long and complex imperial history. Following the debate at the Oxford Union in Hillary Term, we hope to continue the discussion about the true nature of British Empire and what, if anything, we should do about it now.

The Oxford Forum has invited a panel of experts to discuss the proposition: 'The Empire wronged the world and Britain should make amends'.

The Panel:

Prof. Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Christ Church and author of Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation

Lawrence James, historian and author of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

Prof. Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Professor of International Relations at St Anthony's College and author of Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies

James Heartfield, former member of the Revolutionary Communist Party and author of The Aborigines' Protection Society

The event will be held in the Saskatchewan Lecture Theatre at Exeter College

Earlier Event: May 29
Larry Sanders
Later Event: October 21
The Future of British Universities

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