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4 March 2010

Oxford, land of dreaming spires . . .

. . . and lost causes.

By James Macintyre

A list of forthcoming speakers at an Oxford college, seen by Newstatesman.com, makes for interesting reading. The last name is of particular note, and is scheduled to discuss “After communism”.

ST ANTONY’S COLLEGE
Visiting Parliamentary Fellows Seminar,
Hilary Term 2010
Tuesdays at 5pm in the Nissan Lecture Theatre
“GOD AND CAESAR”
19 January: THE CHALLENGE OF SECULARISM
The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield
Lord Raymond Plant
Professor A. C. Grayling (Birkbeck College, London)
26 January: RADICAL THEOCRATIC ISLAM IN IRAN, PAKISTAN AND
AFGHANISTAN
Baroness Kishwer Falkner
Dr Ali Allawi (Harvard)
Professor Fawaz Gerges (LSE)
2 February: IRELAND AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
Lord David Trimble
Professor Paul Arthur (University of Ulster)
9 February: JUDAISM IN ISRAEL AND THE DIASPORA
Sir Gerald Kaufman MP
Professor Avi Shlaim (St Antony’s)
16 February: AMERICA AND THE EVANGELICAL RIGHT
Professor Anatol Lieven (King’s College, London)
Dr Andrew Preston (Clare College, Cambridge)
23 February: ISLAM IN EUROPE
Professor Jytte Klausen (Brandeis University, New York)
Professor Tariq Ramadan (St Antony’s)
2 March: INDIA
Dr Faisal Devji (St Antony’s)
Dr Maria Misra (Keble College)
9 March: AFTER COMMUNISM
Revd Canon Dr Michael Bourdeaux (Keston College)
Professor Vivienne Shue (St Antony’s College)
Mr Michal Kaminski, MEP (Poland)

I wonder if the British Conservative Party’s “minders” and spin doctors will be in Oxford on the day.

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