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Contextual Lecture: The European Idea: History, Culture and Place

Where is Europe now? What does the idea of a Brexit mean to the European Union, to European ideals, and European civilisation? Where will the United Kingdom be in 5 years time, in relation to its European neighbours? Europe has gone through many upheavals in its tumultuous and world-changing past: what does the logic of history tell us about the coming phase of European culture and history? In this talk Professor A. C. Grayling discusses the immediate and longer-term future history of Europe and all its peninsulas and islands.

A. C. Grayling is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy, and the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He is a columnist for Prospect magazine, and was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian and Times. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3, 2 and the World Service, for which he did the annual 'Exchanges at the Frontier' series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2015 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature