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Ideas Matter: ‘Sin or Freedom: what was the foundation of America?’

Ideas Matter: ‘Sin or Freedom: what was the foundation of America?’

July 23, 2021

Fifth podcast in the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021. 

The founding ideals of the United States of America are increasingly called into question. Rather than an experiment in democratic self-government and throwing off the shackles of British imperialism, America is seen as a racist creation devoted to the institution of slavery. This episode assesses the contrast between the lofty ideals of the American founding fathers and the ‘original sin’ of slavery. Was its foundation marked by a distinctive attempt to take control of history? And what are the consequences of today’s impulse to tar the past as irredeemably corrupt? 

Lecturers: Dr Cheryl Hudson, lecturer in US Political History, University of Liverpool and Professor Francis Buckley, Foundation Professor, George Mason University; political commentator; author, The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021.  
To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3  

 

ASSOCIATED READING 
For this lecture you may wish to read:- 
• ‘American Slavery, American Freedom’ by Edmund S. Morgan (2003) https://tinyurl.com/up4hmf69 
• ‘American Secession: The Looming Threat of a National Breakup’ by F.H. Buckley (2020) https://tinyurl.com/5buevvtm  

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate 

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘Relic or Spectre: what was Fascism?’

Ideas Matter: ‘Relic or Spectre: what was Fascism?’

July 16, 2021

From the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.

The most common historical comparison in contemporary debates is to fascism. From the pro-trump riot at the Capitol to laws requiring the wearing of masks, every political event is compared to the fascism of Nazi Germany. Undoubtedly, and for good reason, the horrors of the early 20th Century loom large over the political imagination of the West. But by comparing every contemporary event to fascism, many are left unable to explain the real causes and consequences of contemporary debates. This episode places fascism in its historical context, and ask what, if anything, can be learnt from it today.

Lecture by Professor Aristotle Kallis, University of Keele

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3  

ASSOCIATED READING

For this lecture you may wish to read:-

 

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘Critique or conspiracy: what was the Frankfurt School?’

Ideas Matter: ‘Critique or conspiracy: what was the Frankfurt School?’

June 18, 2021

From the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.

The term ‘cultural Marxism’ has long proved controversial. Some insist that it helps explain a shift in left-wing thought from a materialist focus on economic transformation to a concern for cultural issues and identity politics. Others dismiss it as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory with its origins in Nazi attacks on ‘cultural Bolshevism’.  Nevertheless, many accept that the Frankfurt School – the term given to the group of mainly German émigré intellectuals including the likes of Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse – did indeed launch a distinctive critique of post-war capitalism that put cultural issues front and centre.  This talk assesses the emergence and the legacy of those critiques. 

Lecture by Dr Tim Black, books and essays editor at Spiked

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3  

ASSOCIATED READING

For this lecture you may wish to read:-

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘A War on the Past?’

Ideas Matter: ‘A War on the Past?’

May 28, 2021

From the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.

From discussions about reparations to the descendants of slaves to the battles over public monuments, the legacy of the past is bitterly contested in today’s culture wars. Many insist that contemporary societies need to do much more to come to terms with, and atone for, the evils committed in the past. If the past actions of a country – such as military victories, the collection of vast treasures or the foundation or independence of a country – were once the source of national pride, today they are widely seen as a source of shame. How did our relationship to the past become so fraught? What are the consequences of this widespread estrangement from the past? If it is no longer possible to see the past as a reservoir of achievements and positive values, by what is the present to be guided? Is there a barely-concealed war on the past, or are societies merely finally facing up to their history?

Lecture by Professor Frank Furedi, sociologist; public intellectual; author, ‘Why Borders Matter’

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3  

ASSOCIATED READING

For this lecture you may wish to read:-

 

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘The use and abuse of history’

Ideas Matter: ‘The use and abuse of history’

May 27, 2021

Introductory podcast to the series ‘The use and abuse of history’, theme of the boi charity’s event The Academy, held online in April 2021.

Our politics is suffused with historical comparisons, and the meaning of key historical events is bitterly contested. How do we relate to history today? How can we learn from the past without reducing it to a series of moral parables? When are historical comparisons useful, and when do they obstruct understanding the present? What stands in the way of us seizing the present and making our own history?

Introduction by Dr James Panton, teacher and lecturer in politics, associate professor of philosophy, Open University; co-convenor, The Academy

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: THE USE AND ABUSE OF HISTORY
A half day online event via zoom that took place in April 2021. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/academyonline3  

ASSOCIATED READING

For this lecture you may wish to read:-

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘The new elite and the institutionalisation of identity’

Ideas Matter: ‘The new elite and the institutionalisation of identity’

April 20, 2021

Seventh and final podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode we feature two talks that reflect on the emergence of a new elite and the institutionalisation of identity.

Lecturers:

Inaya Folarin Iman, founder, Equiano Project and presenter, GB News

Frank Furedi, a sociologist, public intellectual and author including ‘Democracy Under Siege’ and ‘Why Borders Matter’

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: RACE AND RACISM
The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/the-academy-online-ii-race-and-racism

For this lecture you may wish to read:-

  • ‘The Silent War: Imperialism and the Changing Perception of Race’ by Frank Furedi, Pluto Press, 1998 https://amzn.to/3v0REev  
  • ‘We need to abolish race’ by Inaya Folarin Iman; Spiked, 4 August 2020, https://bit.ly/2P4KPt3

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Ideas Matter: ‘The Birth of a Nation’

February 23, 2021

Sixth podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode we feature the talk ‘The Birth of a Nation’.

‘The Birth of a Nation’, the controversial  film by DW Griffith from 1915 is renowned for its racist portrayal of black people and celebration of the Klu Klux Klan. More than a century after its release it continues to excite huge controversy. But how has the interpretation and imputed meaning of the film shifted and changed over that period.  

Lecturer: Kunle Olulode, director, Voice4Change England; former creative director, Rebop Productions; member, African Odyssey programming board, BFI

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: RACE AND RACISM
The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/the-academy-online-ii-race-and-racism

For this lecture on civil rights, we you may wish to read:-

  • ‘No place for the real Hollywood story’ by Kunle Olulode, Index on Censorship, 12 October 2015 https://bit.ly/2NTtORG
  • ‘D.W. Griffith's the Birth of a Nation: A History of the Most Controversial Motion Picture of All Time’ by Melvyn Stokes; Oxford University Press (2008) https://amzn.to/2NwFDxg  

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: The troubled universalism of ‘The Souls of Black Folk’

Ideas Matter: The troubled universalism of ‘The Souls of Black Folk’

February 12, 2021

Fifth podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode we feature the talk: The troubled universalism of ‘The Souls of Black Folk’.

‘The Souls of Black Folk’ was published in 1903 by W.E.B. Du Bois, the American sociologist, historian, author and campaigner. Today, identity politics and campaigns such as decolonising the curriculum emphasise racial difference rather than common humanity. At a time when universalism has fallen distinctly out of fashion, what can we learn from revisiting this seminal work from Du Bois?

Lecturer: Brendan O’Neill; editor, spiked; writer for The Sun, The Spectator and The Australian; broadcast commentator, Sky News and the BBC; host, The Brendan O’Neill Show podcast.

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: RACE AND RACISM
The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/the-academy-online-ii-race-and-racism

For this lecture on civil rights, we you may wish to read:-

  • ‘The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1903). Purchase this book at http://amzn.to/3jQG15y
  • ‘Black privilege:Why white liberals venerate Ta-Nehisi Coates’ by Brendan O’Neill, spiked http://bit.ly/3daTzay

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: The use and abuse of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Ideas Matter: The use and abuse of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

February 5, 2021

Fourth podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode we feature the lecture ‘The use and abuse of the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement’.

The emergence of Black Lives Matter has been accompanied by renewed interest in the American civil rights movement that made such an impact in the 1960s. But what are the key attributes of that movement, and how should we assess today’s interpretation of its history and legacy?

Lecturer: Nicolas Kinloch, history teacher specialising in American history, former deputy president of the Historical Association and a Teacher Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: RACE AND RACISM
The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/the-academy-online-ii-race-and-racism

For this lecture on civil rights, we you may wish to read:-

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

Ideas Matter: Race Riots 1919 – 1992: from the First World War to Culture War

Ideas Matter: Race Riots 1919 – 1992: from the First World War to Culture War

January 29, 2021

Third podcast in the series on Race and Racism, theme of BoI charity’s event The Academy, held online in late 2020.

In this episode, we feature the lecture ‘Race Riots 1919 – 1992: from the First World War to Culture War’.

The summer of 2020 was marked by Black Lives Matters protests and also by an explosion of violence that spread through American cities such as Minneapolis, Atlanta and many more. This talk explores a century of race riots in America and the shifting political and cultural terrain that shaped them.

Lecturer: Dr Cheryl Hudson, lecturer in US Political History, University of Liverpool;  researching histories of race, reform and political culture in the United States; co-editor, ‘Why Academic Freedom Matters’ (Civitas, 2016).

THE ACADEMY ONLINE II: RACE AND RACISM
The Academy II was a half day online event via zoom that took place in November 2020. 

To view the full programme and some suggested background reading to the talks, please visit  https://theboi.co.uk/the-academy-online-ii-race-and-racism

For this lecture on race riots, we you may wish to read:-

  • ‘Race Riot: Chicago and the Red Summer of 1919’ by William M. Tuttle (1996). Purchase this book http://amzn.to/3rgaQmL
  • ‘Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unravelling of American Liberalism’ by Steven M. Gillon (2018). https://amzn.to/2MCxp61
  • ‘2020 is not 1968: To understand today’s protests, you must look further back’ by Thomas J. Sugrue in National Geographic http://on.natgeo.com/2MzmYQw

THE ACADEMY
In the context of today’s instrumental approaches to knowledge, The Academy summer school is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship, and of the worth of the university as a place of free enquiry dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

DONATING TO THE BOI CHARITY
The BOI charity is committed to continuing to host discussion and debates throughout this period when society is restricted by measures to tackle coronavirus. In order to realise events such as the Academy Online, none of our staff are furloughed and instead remain working. If you can, then please consider a donation, small or large. Visit: https://theboi.co.uk/donate

IDEAS MATTER PODCAST
Ideas Matter is a podcast that takes the most important issues of our times and explores the ideas and intellectual trends that have shaped where we are today.

You can subscribe and listen to Ideas Matter on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify or SoundCloud. For full details of all episodes, visit the podcast page on our website

Keep up-to-date with Ideas Matter and all the initiatives organised by the Battle of Ideas charity by following us on Twitter (@theboi_uk) and on Facebook (battleofideas).

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