Autumn Public Lecture Series 2014

Where: Thomas Paine Study Centre Lecture Theatre

Time: 6.30pm (doors open at 6.20pm)

Entry: All are welcome. Free to attend.

For more information: politicsevents@uea.ac.uk


23rd October - Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Visiting Professor University of East Anglia:
‘It's time to get Europe moving again'

30th October - Jess Asato, Labour Party Candidate Norwich North:
‘Authenticity and independence: are they compatible with British party politics?'

20th November - Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal, co-editor of a new book 'Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity':
‘Not religion, not the state, women will decide their fate: reflections on women fighting fundamentalism'

27th November - Professor Lee Marsden, University of East Anglia:
  ‘Barack Obama and US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Essence of Indecision'

11th December - Chloe Smith MP Norwich North:
 ‘Why bother with politics and Parliament?'


About Jess Asato
Jess Asato is the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich North and works part time for Dame Tessa Jowell MP, former Olympics Minister. She is the Chair of the Fabian Society, Britain's oldest left wing think tank, and a Council Member of the Electoral Reform Society. Jess is a Trustee of the St Edmund's Society, a charity which provides training opportunities to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is a Patron of Sweet Arts, a not-for-profit organisation which supports vulnerable women back into employment. Jess is married to Rob and is expecting her first child in December.

About Dr Sukhwant Dhaliwal
Sukhwant moved over to academia after ten years of working on violence against women, including for Southall Black Sisters. She joined Women Against Fundamentalism in 1995. Her experience of the voluntary sector and social activism has been complemented by an academic career that encompasses research projects on five out of six of the equality strands – 'race', gender, disability, age, religion and belief. She completed her PhD at Goldsmiths Sociology, University of London entitled 'Religion, Moral Hegemony, and Local Cartographies of Power: Feminist Reflections on Religion and Local Politics' and is currently working on articles drawn from her thesis.  And with Nira Yuval-Davis, she is co-editor of a new book 'Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity'.

About Chloe Smith
Chloe Smith is proud to be MP for Norwich North. She has served as a Minister in Her Majesty's Treasury and at the Cabinet Office, as well as Government Whip, making her one of the youngest Ministers in British history. Chloe passionately leads the Norwich for Jobs campaign which aims to halve youth unemployment in Norwich in two years. She is currently working closely with local and national partners to promote youth engagement in politics. She is a member of the Commons Transport Select Committee and also campaigns hard for improved rail services in East Anglia. Chloe grew up in Norfolk and lives in Norwich. She went to comprehensive schools in West Norfolk, followed by York University, and she formerly worked for Deloitte. Chloe enjoys sports and the arts, and is married to Sandy.  She is an active charity volunteer and a patron and supporter of many Norwich and Norfolk organisations.