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The rights & responsibilities of the university sector in the EU referendum debate

In this commentary, Lucy Shacketon outlines why UK universities have both the right and the responsibility to inform and influence the referendum debate. 
3 August 2015 
Lucy Shackleton More...

Starts: Aug 3, 2015 12:00:00 AM

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Trajectories of Dissent: The Arab Spring and Europe 1989

Publication date: Jan 18, 2012 07:25 PM

Start: Feb 29, 2012 06:00 PM
End: Feb 29, 2012 10:00 PM

Location: UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

29 February, 6pm

When:
Wednesday, 29 February
6pm

Where:
UCL, JZ Young Lecture Theatre
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT


No registration required
arabspring

With each nation of the Arab and Muslim world undergoing popular unrest and political transformation on a massive scale, the number of those who compare the current events in the region with the tectonic political transformation of the European continent in 1989-91 is steadily growing. This panel discussion investigates the consequences of the so-called Arab Spring by contrasting its features in political and intellectual leadership with the end of communism in Europe some twenty years ago. It seeks to identify both the existing similarities and the many significant differences, and will address the role of religious attitudes in the population as one mobilizing factor in both regions. The panel also looks into the role of authors and public intellectuals, the role of the media, media censorship, and the impact of social networks.

 Panel
Speakers Dr Tim Beasley-Murray 
Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture, UCL-School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies
  Dr Carool Kersten 
Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London
Chair Dr Uta Staiger Deputy Director, UCL European Institute



Convener:
Dr François Guesnet

Sidney and Elizabeth Corob Reader in Modern Jewish History, Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, UCL