Sample of talks and debates, 2019 & 2020

Jewish Book Week

The Cambridge Union

Jewish Book Week

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March 2020. I was in conversation with Mark Lawson for a discussion about my book, Seeking Love in Modern Britain. We ranged widely across topics from Jswipe to gender in the 1970s and dating in a time of pandemic. It was heralded a festival 'highlight'.

Battle of Ideas

The Cambridge Union

Jewish Book Week

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Nov 2019. I gave a talk on a panel entitled From Trump's Wall to Policing Culture: Understanding Borders Today.  I focussed on the collapse in boundaries in sex and sexuality, and the way these merely introduce new ones, some of them psychologically punitive.

The Cambridge Union

The Cambridge Union

The Cambridge Union

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Oct 2019. I opposed the motion 'This House Would Nationalise Eton', debating with Peter Hitchens, Brendan O'Neill and ex-MP Stephen Dorrell. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwjLHGgoICM

National Theatre

National Theatre

The Cambridge Union

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June 2019. I gave the historian's lecture on themes from Rutherford & Son starring Roger Allam, entitled 'Courtship, Romance and Forbidden Love in the 20th century'.

The Oxford Union

National Theatre

The Oxford Union

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Jan 2019. High-profile Metoo-themed debate debating the motion This House Cannot Separate the Art from the Artist. I opposed the motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el0q0qApfDw

Eton College

National Theatre

The Oxford Union

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Sep 2018. I gave a 45-minute talk to the Eton sixth-form about resisting political orthodoxies.