15 March 2011
Reverend Dr Jeremy Law, Dean of Chapel at Canterbury Christ Church University, will give a lecture on 'What's fair? A critical look at the current equality agenda?, at the Medway Campus on Tuesday, 22 March.
Reverend Dr Jeremy Law
The lecture will discuss the question of fairness and equality by trying to find the meaning behind the assumption that all people are of equal worth. Jeremy will also talk about what makes something fair, and about a society that seems to be anything but fairly organised.
Jeremy said: “A key feature of contemporary life, within a public institution in the UK, is the Equality and Diversity Agenda. Currently this is focussed on preventing discrimination and promoting equality on the basis of nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex, and sexual orientation.
“As an Anglican priest and academic, I find myself both fully in support of the overall aims of this agenda while questioning some ‘hidden’ aspects.
“Is the agenda simply about a ‘fair’ distribution of inequality? Or can it be brought to serve a more profound concern for justice in life’s outcomes.
“This public lecture will attempt to explore these questions in an accessible and yet challenging way that invites us to reconsider ‘What’s Fair?’”
Jeremy joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2003. As Dean of the Chapel, he is responsible for the Chaplaincy Team which seeks to support members of the University from a variety of backgrounds, as well as providing opportunities for the exploration and celebration of the Christian Faith.
The lecture starts at 6pm and it is free to attend. It takes place at the University’s Medway Campus, Rowan Williams Court, Chatham Maritime, Kent, ME4 4UF. Reservations are required, to book a place call 01634 894450.
Notes to Editor
Reverend Dr Jeremy Law was born in Wales and brought up in Dorset. After a geology degree at Aberystwyth and postgraduate research in geology at Leeds University, Jeremy trained for the Church of England ministry at Salisbury and Wells Theological College. As part of his training he completed a theology degree via Southampton University.
His research interests and recent publications have included work on the theology of human evolution, the ecological interpretation of theology, and a theology of boundary that seeks to link together the being of God and the origin of life. He has also written on the purpose of Higher Education.
Jeremy has also provided teaching support for the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and is actively engaged in theological research.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.