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Professor Anthony Grayling

Staff and Students at Hill House School were very privileged this week to welcome Professor Anthony Grayling for the first in our brand new High-Level Speaker Programme, The Robert Winston Lectures.

Anthony Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of Oxford Universities, St Anne’s College. He has written over thirty books and specialises in both Philosophy and Politics. He regularly contributes to the Guardian, the Times, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the New Statesman and BBC Radio. Anthony is also a keen tweeter with over 40,000 followers. He is a representative to the UN Human Rights Council and is currently the Vice President of the British Humanist Association.

There was a chance for our A Level Politics students to sit down with Professor Grayling before his lecture and discuss topics such as Brexit, Trump and the implications of living in a ‘Post-Truth World’.

During his talk, Grayling examined the origins of the post truth world and considered whether it represents a corruption of intellectual integrity and a potentially damaging influence on the fabric of democracy. He also discussed the impacts of social media in a world where opinion can be worth more than fact.

The audience really engaged with this subject and the question and answer session led to further discussion on a variety of topics such as conspiracy theories and the death of democracy.

Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Jo Chappell, said, “It is a real honour to be able to hold these prestigious events and give pupils in the Doncaster area the opportunity to meet and hear from current leading thinkers. We have named this series after Professor Lord Robert Winston as we are delighted to be hosting him in November. We would encourage people to get in touch if they would like tickets as this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

There will be a total of six lectures throughout the academic year. Next in the series is Tim Marshall, former Diplomatic Editor and Foreign Correspondent for Sky News. Tim’s talk, ‘Prisoners of Geography’, takes place on Tuesday 10th October and will explore how geography shapes the historical and political development of countries and regions around the world.