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Your chance to hear expert speakers from all walks of life debating, informing and extending their passion for their subject. Our public lectures cover subjects as diverse as health, the arts, faith and education. Speakers range from leading academics, to public figures and entertainers.
 
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Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner with a UK-wide remit to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences and the identification of victims. Prior to holding this public appointment she was a chief constable for 12 years leading Thames Valley…
 
Darren Henley OBE is Chief Executive of the Arts Council England. He has led two independent reviews into music and cultural education which resulted in England’s first National Plan for Music Education, new networks of Music Education Hubs, Cultural Education Partnerships and Heritage Schools, the Museums and Schools programme, the BFI Film Academ…
 
Hosted by the University’s Politics and International Relations programme and in partnership with the Canterbury and District Inter-Faith Action (CANDIFA) and The Canterbury Society, the prospective parliamentary candidates from the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and an independent candidate attended Meet the Candidates…
 
Polling expert Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University in Scotland and Senior Research Fellow at NatCen Social Research will discuss the public’s reaction to the Brexit process in this thought-provoking lecture.بقلم Professor Sir John Curtice
 
The Climate Change Act (2008) enshrines our emissions reduction targets in UK legislation; however, the majority of our environmental regulation – critical to our progress in addressing risks such as flooding, drought, heatwaves – is from the EU, which also provides the critical enforcement function.…
 
At this pivotal time in our nation’s history, Archbishop Justin Welby sets out to identify the values that can help us to reimagine, and to enact, a more hopeful future for our country. Drawing on the Bible, Britain’s history and its Christian tradition, Archbishop Justin explores how we can build on our past to offer hope for the future, suggestin…
 
In 2009, John Bercow was elected 157th Speaker of the House of Commons, and subsequently re-elected in 2010, 2015 and 2017. He has served as MP for Buckingham since 1997.Since his election as Speaker, John has sought to champion the rights of backbenchers and has ensured Parliamentary Business is dealt with in a timely manner to enable as many MPs …
 
As Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies acts as the UK Government’s medical adviser and is the professional head of all directors of public health. She has been widely commended for her leadership of worldwide efforts to address the ‘ticking time bomb’ of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – also known as drug-resistant infections. In thi…
 
Lord Peter Hennessy is a journalist, professor and researcher. He is widely recognised as one of the country’s leading historians of British politics and an acclaimed expert on the inner workings of government machinery, from the complexities of constitutional arrangements to the role of the secret state. In this thought-provoking lecture, he draws…
 
David Lough reveals how prime ministers from Robert Walpole to Tony Blair have built fortunes from their post. He discusses how they dealt with the ethical issues of their day, with particular reference to the usually chaotic finances of Winston Churchill.بقلم David Lough
 
The lecture draws on research in a post-industrial city where racism has found purchase. Archbishop Justin Welby challenges the neglect of post-industrial cities like this: locations of economic decline, the collapse of self-help institutions and hollowed out democracy. Yet if there are examples of Islamism and racist gangs there are resources of h…
 
In his lecture, The Best of All Possible Worlds, Michael will explore the subject of writing about the environment for children. It is a subject that he has continued to return to through his books and believes that connecting children with the environment is of critical importance if we are to turn the tide of environmental literacy.…
 
Baroness Onora O’Neill spoke together with Mark Hammond on the right to freedom of expression. Their lecture surveyed the history and philosophy of freedom of expression. It introduced a new publication by the EHRC on the legal framework that protects – and restricts – this freedom, with particular reference to hate speech and offence relating to c…
 
Building on the analysis in his The Question of Conscience: higher education and personal responsibility, David Watson will examine the case for and against universities as sites for moral leadership and what Amartya Sen calls ‘public reasoning’.بقلم Professor Sir David Watson
 
Nigel Biggar, author of the controversial book, In Defence of War (2013), uses the criteria of Christian 'just war' thinking to argue that Britain was right to fight in defence of Belgium and France against unprovoked German invasion in August 1914. He also contends that she was right to carry on fighting until November 1918 and that the costs, alt…
 
Multiculturalism no longer enjoys political nor popular support. Far Right and other forms of extremism are growing and identity politics are threatening national solidarity. We need a new way of thinking about how we live together in an increasingly globalised world in which complex and multi-faceted identities are fast becoming the norm. Professo…
 
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe argues that the significant investments in IT already made by the Police have not brought the benefits it deserves and that by having a more consistent and central strategy, the people of this country would get a far better service. He also believes that investing in appropriate technology will enhance the effect of those off…
 
"The NHS has become a three-tier health service because successive governments have refused to admit that it cannot meet, and never will be able to meet, every last demand that is made upon it. We therefore have to find a different way of delivering health if we are not to end up with rationing on a large scale". In 1998 Ann Widdecombe delivered a …
 
The lecture was followed by a round table discussion with Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Kent and lecturer on Canterbury Christ Church University’s Community Arts Education programme, and The Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester.بقلم Mark Hammond
 
No country embodied the turbulence of twentieth century Europe more than East Prussia, once Germany's most eastern redoubt and now divided between Poland and Russia. A land of apparent contradictions, it produced astonishing intellectual achievement, raw militarism and anxiety, cruelty and suffering, tolerance and extremism, domineering red brick c…
 
David Crystal is currently patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL), President of the UK National Literacy Association, and an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Institute of Linguists, and the Societ…
 
Hugh Robertson MP, was promoted to the Conservative front bench in November 2002 as a Conservative Whip before becoming Shadow Sports Spokesman in September 2004. He became Shadow Minister for Sport in February 2005 and was re-elected to Parliament. He was reappointed Shadow Sports Minister. Following the successful bid for the London Olympics, Hug…
 
The Dreamland Margate project is being led by Jonathan Bryant, who has a wealth of experience in the heritage and leisure sectors and business leadership. Jonathan will be giving an insight into the project to restore Dreamland in Margate to one of the country’s leading amusement parks. He will describe the history behind the site and the work whic…
 
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