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Open Lecture Series launches with Raymond Williams exploration



Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University have launched their Open Lecture Series with a lecture by Prof Linden West: Border Country: Community, democracy, and lifelong education. A dialogue with Raymond Williams.


Lecture Synopsis: We live in distressing times: of pandemic, ecological crisis, authoritarianism and fractiousness. I explore how Raymond Williams might speak to us in our present distress and discontent. Born in 1921, on the border between Wales and England, he was a prolific writer, crossing literal and imaginative borders: rural and urban, literary and historical, fiction and social analysis, political and academic. He sought to understand capitalism and authoritarianism, in various guises, and how communities, democracy and education might flourish. He offers us vibrant resources of hope in a perplexed world.


The lecture is available to watch below.