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Open Society Under Threat? A Warning from History

Tuesday 16th May 2017
6:30pm - 8:00pm (doors open at 6pm)

Open Society Under Threat? A Warning from History

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What are the implications of our shifting political landscape for an open society?

What lessons can we learn from the past to help build more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies for the future?

These are important and urgent questions, with the UK in the process of leaving the EU after a controversial referendum, and with a resurgence of populism, nationalism and extremism in countries around the world.

Organised in partnership with Cumberland Lodge, this event brings a distinguished panel to St. Paul's Cathedral to explore the challenges facing nations and societies today, through the lens of history and the remarkable book Darkness over Germany.

Inspired by her Christian faith, the book's pioneering author, Amy Buller, explored the hopes and fears of people engulfed in the rise of fascism in Germany during the 1930s. She sought to understand how ordinary people were so vulnerable to an ideology with divisive and ultimately catastrophic consequences.

Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History delivers a timely reminder of how a message of hate once fuelled a nation to unite. It is being republished in the UK for the first time since 1945 and launched at this event.


Dr Rowan Williams - Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury

Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss GBE - Retired judge and first female Lord Justice of Appeal, Member of the House of Lords

Professor Kurt Barling - Professor of Journalism, Middlesex University London

Professor Maiken Umbach - Professor of Modern History and Faculty Research Director, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham

with a response from Professor Lord Stern and extracts read from Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History

Moderated by the Revd Canon Dr Edmund Newell - Principal of Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity tackling social divisions by promoting creative thinking and inclusive dialogue.

Darkness over Germany: A Warning from History by E. Amy Buller is published by Arcadia Books and signed copies will be available on the night.

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This event is open to all who wish to attend and is free of charge.  However, we would welcome a donation (we suggest £5) to help cover the running costs from anyone who wishes to make it.