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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Mon 19th Jan 2015

The Tabernacle

7pm

SoldOut

Germain Greer

Germain Greer

Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books including Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); and The Whole Woman (1999).

Johann Hari

Johann Hari

Johann Hari is a British journalist who has written for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and The Nation amongst others. He was a columnist on the Independent for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has also been named Cultural Commentator of the Year by the Editorial Intelligence awards and Gay Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. He spent three years researching and writing the book, Chasing the Scream: the first and last days of the War on Drugs, travelling to 9 countries and interviewing countless people whose lives have been transformed by the war on drugs. The Guardian called it a ‘powerful contribution to an urgent debate’ and The Times said it is ‘Thoughtful, thorough and questing, and full of fresh and genuine reportage about aspects of the drug economy.’

Theodore Zeldin

Theodore Zeldin

Theodore Zeldin is President of the Oxford Muse Foundation. After graduating from London University (Birkbeck College) at the age of 17, and then from Christ Church, Oxford (with Firsts from both), he helped to build up St Antony's College, Oxford as the university's postgraduate centre for international studies, and was its Dean for thirteen years.

His books have focused on the role of the emotions in every aspect of life. His History of French Passions won Britain's top historical award, the Wolfson Prize, and was followed by the best-seller The French, dealing with contemporary society. He has been called "the most popular Englishman in France" (Le Point) and is frequently invited to speak on French radio and television, and to French business and public authorities. He has been made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France and chosen as "the world's foremost authority on Frenchness" by Time Magazine.

His book on Happiness, his Intimate History of Humanity and his BBC lectures on Conversation marked the expansion of his research to all civilisations. His writings have been translated into 24 languages. He became a member of the BBC Brains Trust and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 2001 the Oxford Muse Foundation was established to develop his ideas, promoting innovative ways of improving personal, professional and intercultural relations. His recent publications have proposed a new approach to social exclusion and to higher education.