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Politics: Focus On Liberalism – The Many Critics of Liberalism With Dr Maria Serban From University of East Anglia

October 5 @ 13:00 - 13:45

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In this Politics session, Dr Maria Serban, a leading academic from the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at University of East Anglia will run an interactive talk for students on The Many Critics of Liberalism.

This session will try to answer why we read so often today that liberalism is in crisis, failing or already dead.  Modern democratic governments are founded on liberal principles meant to create the basis of a fair and just society. Liberalism emerged as a reaction against absolute power, in favour of individual autonomy protected by freedom of conscience and the rule of law. Liberal societies have not always lived up to these principles, which in some respects are always aspirational. But it cannot be denied that political societies based on liberal principles have been more successful, on almost any measure, than regimes that are more authoritarian, communitarian or sectarian. So why the criticism?

The session will develop thinking, skills and approaches to support students in their Politics studies and future aspirations.


Speaker Profile: Dr Maria Serban


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Politics, Political Philosophy and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying Politics, Political Philosophy and related disciplines at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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October 5
13:00 - 13:45
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