Education & Racism Debate at the Oxford Union

  • Event Start: 2nd March 2017, 8:30pm
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* To ballot for a place at the debate dinner and receptions with the speakers, click here: The ballot will close at 23:59 on Monday 27 February 2017. * "This House Believes British Education Perpetuates Racism" From history to literature, our education – whether at school or at university - is profoundly intertwined with narratives of race. Britain’s education system has been accused of failing to draw attention to the Empire’s atrocities, neglecting BME perspectives, and discounting non-Western contributions to culture and science – issues which Rhodes Must Fall has recently drawn attention to across Oxford. Is it failing in these ways, and thus perpetuating racism? SPEAKERS Proposition Dr Kehinde Andrews: Associate professor in sociology at Birmingham City University. His research specialism is race and racism, and he is the author of ‘Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement’ Prof. Elleke Boehmer: Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Reserach Centre in the Humanities. She is a founding figure in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies, and internationally known for her research in anglophone literatures of empire and anti-empire. Opposition Neil Carmichael MP: Chair of the Education Select Committee. Carmichael, an MP since 2010, has scrutinised and influenced the UK's education policy, and is recognised as one of Westminster's most active debaters. Dr Tony Sewell CBE: Founder and CEO of Generating Genius, a charity helping underprivileged students to learn about STEM degrees and careers. Sewell trained as a teacher, and is a published author.