Being Human in Conversation with David Lammy: My Education

Being Human in Conversation with David Lammy: My Education

Being Human in Conversation with David Lammy: My Education

Wednesday 24 June

For our second ‘Being Human in Conversation’ online event we were thrilled to be joined by David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, and Nicholas Harrison, Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies at King’s College London.

Professor Nicholas Harrison will be in conversation with the Rt Hon David Lammy MP about his transformative and sometimes uncomfortable experiences of education and how these have shaped his political work. The conversation will launch off from David’s recent publication, Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society (2020), where he shares personal stories and memories from his time at a boarding school in Peterborough. Together they will discuss the role of schools and of humanities education in creating ‘shared cultural experiences’ and ‘shared values’ (Tribes), and the relationship, and possible disconnect, between social mobility and social equality.

The event will be introduced by Being Human festival director, Professor Sarah Churchwell, and the conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

Speakers:

  • David Lammy is the Labour MP for Tottenham and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice. He recently published Tribes: How Our Need to Belong Can Make or Break Society (2020). Both memoir and call-to-arms, Tribes explores both the benign and malign effects of our need to belong.
  • Nicholas Harrison is Professor of French and Postcolonial Studies at King’s College London. His recent book, Our Civilizing Mission: The Lessons of Colonial Education (2019), is a response to current anxieties about the historical and conceptual foundations of the ‘humanities’.
  • Sarah Churchwell is Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she directs the Being Human festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities. Her most recent book is Behold, America: The Entangled History of America First and the American Dream (2018).