Democracy Conference 2015

Centre for Ideas, Middlesex University London
C219-C220 Executive Boardroom, The College Building, The Burroughs, Hendon NW4 4BT

Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Date: 28th May 2015

Talented thinkers, researchers and academics from across disciplines at Middlesex University will join keynote speakers including Dr Bettany Hughes and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to debate and discuss the topic of Democracy on the 28th May 2015.

Draft Programme

09.30am – 10.00am  Registration and Refreshments

10.00am – 10.15am

Welcome Professor Waqar Ahmad, DVC Academic, Middlesex University

10.15am – 11.30am

Dr Bettany Hughes discusses the relationship between Democracy and Culture and the different aspects of democracy presented in her television programmes.

11.30am – 12.00pm  Tea & Coffee

12.00pm – 13.00pm

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in conversation with Aaqil Ahmed, Religion and Ethics Editor at the BBC.

13.00pm – 14.00pm  Lunch

14.00pm – 15.30pm

Democracy for Young and Old – A discussion between Harris Bokhari, members of The Patchwork Foundation and Councillor Dr. Devra Kay

15.30pm  Tea and Close

Biographies

Dr. Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past, especially ancient and medieval history and culture. Her many TV programmes include Athens: The Truth about Democracy (Channel 4, 2007). She is currently working on a series Socrates, Confucius and Buddha for the BBC.

http://www.bettanyhughes.co.uk

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world. He is the author of many books and his latest work Not In Gods Name: Confronting Religious Violence will be published in June 2015. Rabbi Sacks’ most recent views on Democracy were broadcast on BBC Radio 4 ‘Thought for Today’ on 23rd April.

http://www.rabbisacks.org/never-take-democracy-for-granted-thought-for-the-day/

Harris Bokhari and members of The Patchwork Foundation –        The Patchwork Foundation aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of under-represented, deprived and minority communities into British political society. The foundation seeks to facilitate a positive interaction for under-represented, deprived and minority communities in British society, empowering citizens to play a role in the social and political arenas. It is not affiliated to any political party and does not promote a particular political view.

http://www.patchworkfoundation.org.uk

Councillor Dr Devra Kay is Labour Councillor for West Hendon and a Member of St Cross College, Oxford. She has held a number of academic posts and is the author of numerous articles on Tkhines and Yiddish women’s literature with particular interest in older people’s issues and she blogs on the subject. She will speak about the relationship between democracy and old age.

Please watch The Democracy Conference Video here