Thursday 27 April 12.30 – 2.00 Winton Higgins and the Politics of Decency
The tide of xenophobia, misogyny, prejudice and callousness towards ‘the Other’ is rising. This is the politics of indecency, so how do we create a sea wall that will turn it back? Winton is a secular Buddhist, academic and novelist based in Australia. His lecture will be a the first outing for a lecture topic he is developing for delivery in Australia.
Friday evening and Saturday May 5/6 – Human flourishing Seminar
Speakers include Dr. Heidi Thomson, Associate Professor School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies on the importance of the humanities in education, Dr. Carwyn Jones, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law on his new book New treaty, new tradition. John Pennington from Public Engagement Projects and others to be confirmed.
Friday night has no cost but the Saturday seminar has a fee and tickets can be ordered at the St Andrews office or through Eventbrite.
Thursday June 8 12.30- 14.00 – Seminar follow up.
Speakers to be confirmed.
The Courage to Act: July to November 2017
This theme was inspired by the 50 anniversary of Lloyd Geering’s Heresy Trial in 1967 and his courage and the consequences for him in speaking about faith in a new and different way.
We seem to be moving rapidly into a world that is darker and more threatening than any time since the Second World War and believe the time is ripe for a new discussion about the meaning of the courage to act in 2017. (Incidentally October 31 is the 500 anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther posted 95 “theses” on Wittenberg church which precipitated the Protestant Reformation another time of courage and change.)
The lunchtime dates & topics are still to be confirmed but the spring seminar on Courage to Act is provisionally booked to be held on 3 & 4 November