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Jonathan Derbyshire: "Varieties of secularism: Religion and the public sphere"

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On Monday November 14, Jonathan Derbyshire – philosopher, literary journalist and current Culture Editor of the New Statesman – will be giving an exclusive talk about religion in the public sphere. He will discuss, among other things, the French republican model of laïcité and current debates within the UK on the place of religion in public life. He will also comment and analyse recent public pronouncements by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the public role of religion.

Derbyshire – who before joining the New Statesman was a philosophy lecturer at Anglia Ruskin and a contributing editor of Granta – is a rising star of the British magazine scene and has been described as an ‘atheist whom people of all faiths can engage with’.

His writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Guardian, the New York Sun, Prospect, The Times Literary Supplement and Time Out.

The event is free and open to the whole university. There will be wine and cheese at the event.

DIRECTIONS TO THE THIRKILL ROOM : Enter Clare College from the main gate at Trinity Lane. Walk to the end of the quad and turn left so that you enter F staircase. Walk up the stairs until you find the Thirkill Room, which is labelled above the door.

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