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Free Speech, Social Justice and the PC Culture
17/05/2017
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What is taking place on certain university campuses in the West? A lecture by Ruth Dudley Edwards on June 8 at the Danube Institute.
 
 
 
Free Speech, Social Justice and the PC Culture
 
A lecture by Ruth Dudley Edwards
 
 
 
Location: Danube Institute, Great Hall, 24 Eötvös u., Budapest 1067
 
Date: June 08, 2017, 17:00-19:00
 
 
 
What is taking place on certain university campuses in the West, where speakers opposed by the “Social Justice” Left are shouted down and in some cases physically attacked? Universities should be about the discussion of ideas, not the trampling of them. As first U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Jean Kirkpatrick once said, universities are supposed to be ‘islands of tolerance’ in society; instead they are becoming ‘islands of totalitarianism’ in a sea of tolerance.
 
On June 08, Ruth Dudley Edwards was our guest regarding this phenomenon in a program entitled,
 
“Free Speech, Social Justice, and the ‘PC’ Culture”.
 
Academic, author, teacher, marketing executive and civil servant, Ruth Dudley Edwards has been a freelance writer since 1979Ruth was born and brought up in Dublin, was a student at University College Dublin, a postgraduateat Cambridge University and now lives in London. A historian and prize-winning biographer (the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Victor Gollancz: a biography), her recent non-fiction books include True Brits: inside the Foreign Office, The Pursuit of Reason: The Economist 1843-1993, The Faithful Tribe: an intimate portrait of the loyal institutions (shortlisted for the Channel 4 political book prize) and Newspapermen: Hugh Cudlipp, Cecil Harmsworth King and the glory days of Fleet Street and Aftermath: the Omagh bombings and the families pursuit of justice (longlisted for the Orwell Prize, shortlisted for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize and winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction).
 
In the 1970s Ruth wrote her first book, An Atlas of Irish History, the third edition of which was published in 2005. Patrick Pearse: the triumph of failure, which won the National University of Ireland Prize for Historical Research in 1978, was reissued in 2006 with a new foreword.
 
Since 1993 Ruth has written seriously and/or frivolously for almost every national newspaper in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom and appears frequently on radio and television in the Republic of Ireland, the UK and on the BBC World Service.
 
Ruth describes herself as British-Irish and is comfortable with being culturally both Irish and English. See her essay The Outsider published in Britain and Ireland: Lives Entwined II (British Council, September 2006). Her crime novels satirise establishments. The Anglo-Irish Murders, her ninth crime novel, is a satire on the peace process, her tenth, Carnage on the Committee, is set in literary London, Murdering Americans, set in the academic world of Indiana, was next and her latest is Killing the Emperors, an assault on the madhouse that is the world of modern art. Ruth was shortlisted by the Crime Writers' Association for the John Creasey Award for the best first novel and twice for the Last Laugh award for the funniest crime novel of the year. Murdering Americans won the Last Laugh award at CrimeFest Bristol, 2008.
 
Location: Danube Institute, Great Hall, 24 Eötvös u., Budapest 1067
 
Date: June 08, 2017, 17:00-19:00
 
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