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Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures: Nigel Biggar, Kemi Badenoch & Ali Ansari

Wednesday, 26 October 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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Nigel Biggar on Deconstructing Decolonisation, in conversation with Kemi Badenoch and Ali Ansari

Doors open at 4:30pm. Tickets are free, registration is essential.

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About the Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures

Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was one of the most distinguished polymaths of modern times. His work ranged over philosophy, music and aesthetics to politics, religion and law. This annual series of free public lectures will honour his legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics of civilisational importance. Each lecture and conversation will take place in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford between 5pm-6.30pm.


Professor Nigel Biggar, CBE, is Regius Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at the University of Oxford. Described as “one of the leading living Western ethicists” (John Gray, New Statesman, 25 November 2020), he is the author of In Defence of War (Oxford, 2013) and What’s Wrong with Rights? (Oxford, 2020). Harper Collins will publish his next book, Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning, in February 2023.

The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch is the MP for Saffron Walden and Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. She was formerly Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister of State for Equalities.

Professor Ali Ansari FRSE is Professor in Modern and Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, President of the British Institute of Persian Studies and Director of the Westphalia for the Middle East project at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge. He is the author of eight books including Iran: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2014) and Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change (3rd Edition, Gingko/Chatham House, 2019).