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5 speakers 15 minutes each

Wed 5th Dec 2012

Wellcome Collection

7.30pm

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer is Research Director of the think tank, Theos. He worked as a researcher and consultant for Research International, The Henley Centre, the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and the Jubilee Centre before joining Theos. He is the author of several Theos reports and a number of books, including Darwin and God (SPCK, 2009) and Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011). He writes for publications including The Guardian.

Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He was born in India, brought up in Manchester, and now lives in London He is a presenter of Analysis, BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme, and a panelist on The Moral Maze. He has also written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries including Are Muslims Hated? and Islam, Mullahs and the Media. His books include From Fatwa to Jihad, Strange Fruit , Man, Beast and Zombie , and The Meaning of Race (1996). He is a campaigner against imperialism and injustice and for equal rights, freedom of expression, and a secular society. He is a Trustee of Index on Censorship and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor is a broadcaster and sociologist. Laurie’s career began with a stint as a librarian, after which he became a professional actor, then an English teacher before joining the Sociology Department of the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology. He began his broadcasting career as a regular contributor on Robert Robinson’s Stop the Week, and since 1998, Laurie has regularly presented the discussion programme Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4. In addition, he is well known in academic circles for his long-running column in the Times Higher Education Supplement as well as for New Humanist magazine and being a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association.

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor

Matthew Taylor is Chief executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Matthew was appointed to the Labour Party in 1994, before which his activities included being a county councillor, a parliamentary candidate, a university research fellow and the director of a unit monitoring policy in the health service. During the 1997 General Election he was Labour’s Director of Policy and a member of the Party’s central election strategy team. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research between 1999 and 2003, Britain’s leading centre left think tank. Matthew is a frequent media commentator on policy and political issues, and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, New Statesman and Prospect.

Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead is a writer and academic. She was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and her first job was as lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford. After Oxford, she went to Lancaster University where she is now Professor of Sociology of Religion. Her main interest is in documenting and analysing religious change in modern societies, relating it to wider social changes, and thinking through practical and political implications.

She has carried out empirical research in Britain, the USA, India and parts of Europe, and has written about Christianity, spirituality, neo-Hinduism and Islam in Europe. Her work as Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme has involved her in a range of public activities, aimed at bringing the latest research into the public debate and raising the level of conversation about religion. Her books include Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, The Spiritual Revolution and, most recently, Religion and Change in Modern Britain (edited with Rebecca Catto).