New Generation Thinkers, Riccardo Annandale, unsplash

New Generation Thinkers

on Leadership and Authority

The Great Reset/
Sat 21 November 2020

Crowdcast

New Generation Thinkers

on Leadership and Authority

New Generation Thinkers, Riccardo Annandale, unsplash
Sat 21 November 2020,

Crowdcast

This is a Festival of Ideas Online event and will take place on our Crowdcast platform. You can find out more about how this works in our blog.

This event marks the start of a new partnership between Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), BBC and Festival of Ideas. Thanks to support from AHRC, this event has free admission. You can download it as a BBC Arts & Ideas podcast or tune into BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking at 10pm Thursday 26 November as part of Radio 3’s programming to mark 100 New Generation Thinkers. 

2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the Arts and Humanities Research Council / BBC New Generation Thinkers. The scheme brings the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through media and public engagement. Over 100 new thinkers have taken part.

In this special event, past and present New Generation Thinkers talk about the importance of ideas and where ideas come from, choose ideas they have championed, and debate how ideas become solutions.

Jeffrey Howard (Associate Professor of Political Theory at University College London) talks about the moral obligations of democratic citizens and political leaders, focusing on the topics of counter-extremism, crime and punishment, and free speech. Joanne Paul (Renaissance historian, University of Sussex) looks at political advice given to Tudor Kings and the role of courtiers/advisors; Dina Rezk (Associate Professor, University of Reading) speaks about the relationship between intelligence, popular culture and reform and revolt in the Middle East; and Christienna Fryar (lecturer in Black British History at Goldsmiths, University of London and a historian of modern Britain, the British Empire, and the Modern Caribbean) looks at politics and the way disasters were dealt with in post emancipation Jamaica. Broadcaster and presenter Shahidha Bari chairs.

This is part of The Great Reset programme, in which we look at the challenges facing us and the solutions to these. The programme starts in November 2020 and runs to November 2021. Future themes include: freedom of speech and democracy (Spring-October 2021); the Bristol Constitutional Convention (Spring 2021) and a new future for cities in Festival of the Future City (October 2021). Ongoing events in our Festival of Ideas throughout 2021 will also focus on challenges and solutions.

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