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Encounters Summer term 2023

We are pleased to announce more diverse, exciting, and thought-provoking talks from a range of inspiring speakers. Pupils from all year groups are welcome to attend what is sure to be another fantastic (if not slightly shorter than usual, given exam timetables!) term of events.

All from 4.15pm - 5.30pm. Unless otherwise stated, events are unticketed and open to all of our Foundation community.

Encounters Summer 2023


An Encounter with the UK’s Vanishing Democracy
Sam Fowles
Friday, 21 April
Warwick School Science Lecture Theatre

Sam Fowles is a barrister and author of Overruled: Confronting our Vanishing Democracy in 8 cases”. In Over-ruled, Sam argues that “We can no longer hold our leaders to account; the state has too much power; and the truth doesn’t matter at all. Those we voted into government have nothing but contempt for the democratic system that got them there”. 

Given the current debate over the future of UK civil liberties and the extent of executive power this is an Encounter not to miss!

Sam will be signing copies of “Overruled” after the event.  

An Encounter with Maths, Modelling and too much Plastic 
Dr Tom Crawford
Friday, 28 April
Warwick School Science Lecture Theatre

Where does river water go when it enters the ocean? And what does this have to do with plastic pollution and climate change? Tom Crawford from Oxford University explains how mathematical models are an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to understanding and saving our planet. Plus, hear the story of how Tom ended up sailing around Antarctica for 6 weeks in the name of maths…

An On-line Encounter with the Quest for the Meaning of Life
Professor AC Grayling
Friday, 5 May
ONLINE - link will be added here nearer the time

AC Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Founder and Principal of New College of the Humanities and its Professor of Philosophy. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, history of ideas, and essays. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual 'Exchanges at the Frontier' series and has often appeared on television. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of Humanists UK, Patron of the Defence Humanists, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.