Thursday 2 November, 5 - 6:30pm | Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, OX1 2HB
Free speech at Oxford
The University is committed to freedom of speech – and is working with staff and students across the University to support conversations on difficult issues taking place in a respectful and courteous manner. As part of these efforts, a new series of events this year will introduce a framework of 'tips' to promote free speech, developed by Oxford students and academics.
Should there be more or less migration to the UK?
Chaired by Worcester College Provost David Isaac, this first debate will give space to speakers from both sides of the argument, including current students. Among other guests, they'll be joined by CEO of the Refugee Council Enver Solomon, and University of Kent Professor of Politics Matt Goodwin.
David Isaac said: “I’m looking forward to testing our new free speech “tips”. A group of students, academics and college heads have been working hard to ensure they work to enable all types of discussion and debate to take place. Please do come along.”
This event has been organised in collaboration with Balliol College, Brasenose College, Mansfield College and Somerville College.
Professor Martin Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education said: "Free speech is core to how we teach subjects and expose students to different views. These tips will help all our students navigate challenging topics and engage with others' views in a courteous manner. This first debate is an opportunity to showcase this."
Please note that the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre is located approximately 5 minutes' walk from the main entrance to Worcester College and you should therefore allow adequate time to reach the venue. Entrance is via the main Porters' Lodge on Walton Street (OX1 2HB).