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January, 2017:

Free speech debate to be held on campus with help of CCCU UCU

UCU members have helped organise a free speech debate on the North Holmes Road campus on Thursday January 26.

The event is free and open to the public.

See below for more details:

The Free Speech Debate Panel debate and discussion on the issue of free speech.

Old Sessions House, OG46, Longport, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1NX Thursday 26 January 2017 (18:00-20:00)

For more information email Jim Butcher: jim.butcher@canterbury.ac.uk

Free speech has become an issue of significant controversy. This debate will assess a number of key questions, including:

  • To what extent should freedom of speech be regarded as an absolute value?
  • Is it possible to draw a clear distinction between speech and action?
  • What constitutes hate speech and should it be banned?

Panelists:

  • Melantha Chittenden – National Union of Students LGBT+ officer.
  • Claire Fox – Director of the Institute of Ideas, BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze panellist, author of ‘I Find that Offensive’.
  • Professor Mark Hammond – former CEO of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
  • Professor James Soderholm – Head of Humanities, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys.

Supported by: Christ Church students’ Union / Engaging Sociology / Politics Matters / CCCU UCU.

This event is open to the public.

NUS president Malia Bouttia set to speak at Student Union’s discrimination discussion

National Union of Students president Malia Bouttia is due to appear at a Christ Church Students’ Union (CCSU) panel discussion.

The event – January 23 6pm t0 8pm in the Michael Berry Lecture Theatre (Old Sessions House Og46) – is part of CCSU’s One World Week.

Ms Bouttia will be joined by a range of speakers including Kent Refugee Action Network chief executive Razia Shariff and Christ Church criminology lecturer Fahid Qurashi.

The topic for the discussion “Religious and Racial discrimination in the UK”.

For more information visit the event’s Facebook page

This event is open to all students, staff and members of the public.

Facilitating the panel discussion:

•Krum Tashev – International Officer at Christ Church Students’ Union

Panel members:

•Malia Bouattia – President of NUS

•Hannah Dualeh – Equality, Liberation and Access Officer Bristol SU and NUS NEC Welfare place

•Razia Shariff – CEO Kent Refugee Action Network

•Fahid Qurashi – Lecturer in Criminology at Canterbury Christ Church University

Topics of discussion on “Religious and Racial discrimination in the UK”:

The panel members will look at topics such as:

•The rise of religious discrimination in the UK

•What the student movement is doing to oppose Prevent

•Racial discrimination faced by students

•Problems faced by refugees in Kent

•What is the effect of the Prevent agenda in society and in particular how it affects international students, students of colour and Muslim students