Press Release

20 September 2013

Canterbury Christ Church University has announced this year's Public Lecture Series with another exciting line-up including a government advisor on multicultural cohesion, President of the Historical Association and Co-Director of the Magna Carta Project.

Professor Ted Cantle CBE DL, Head of the Institute for Community Cohesion, will open the series on Thursday, 10 October, 2013, looking at Britain’s multicultural society, the future of social relationships within the UK and the challenges the government faces with growing extremism threatening national solidarity.

In 2001, Professor Cantle was appointed by the Home Secretary to Chair the Community Cohesion Review Team where he lead a review of the causes of the summer riots in Oldham and disturbances in other northern towns and cities in the UK. This resulted in the ground breaking ‘Cantle Report‘, which was adopted by the government; he has continued to advise on community cohesion.

Professor Jackie Eales, President of the Historical Association, is the next high-profile speaker in the line-up this series on Wednesday, 6 November, 2013. Professor Eales will talk about Elizabeth I and how recent scholarship has drawn attention to her apparent failings as an indecisive and difficult woman.

Jackie Eales is a Professor of Early Modern History at Canterbury Christ Church University and has been the President of the Historical Association since 2011.

The third lecture, on Wednesday, 5 February, 2014, will see Dr Louise Wilkinson speak on Canterbury’s connection with King John and the Magna Carta. The lecture will also explore some of the key moments in the civil war of 1215-17 and what happened here in Kent.

Dr Wilkinson is a Reader in Medieval History at Canterbury Christ Church University and Co-Director of the Magna Carta Project. The Magna Carta is considered to be one of the most famous and revolutionary documents published and is known as the corner stone of British constitutional history. The Magna Carta Project is tracking down lost originals of the document and creating an online database of new commentaries to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the charter in 2015.

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Notes to Editor

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 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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