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Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lectures
The Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture is a public lecture series which aims to highlight an important theme in peace and conflict studies to a wide audience within and beyond the university, and is usually held at the beginning of each academic year.
Linda Briskman, 2010
Award-winning Australian academic and international human rights campaigner - Professor Linda Briskman - delivered this year's 2010 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture at Lancaster University entitled "Banished at the Border: Retreating from Human Rights". Professor Briskman has had a distinguished career researching asylum seekers, refugees and aboriginal rights and is currently the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2008, she won the prestigious Australian Human Rights Commission award for literature for a book she co-authored entitled "Human rights overboard: Seeking asylum in Australia".
Award winning Australian foreign correspondent Sophie McNeill delivered the Lancaster University 2009 Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture to a packed audience. In her lecture - "Reporting from conflict zones: telling the stories of the victims" - Sophie discussed how she became a journalist and her experiences as a foreign correspondent. Drawing on her experiences in locations such as East Timor, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Sophie discussed some of the critical challenges facing journalists working in conflict zones, such as issues around 'embedded' journalism, how new media forms have impacted journalism, and the need for greater empathy for the victims of conflict.
Former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister Tony Benn, gave the Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture entitled 'Peace or War: The Choice for Humanity' on the 20 October 2008.
The Faraday Lecture Theatre in the University was full to capacity with people sitting on the steps of the auditorium for Mr Benn's talk, which was followed by questions from the audience.
The lecture was filmed by Lancaster University Television and can be viewed though the web link below.
Former BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martin Bell, gave the Richardson Institute Annual Peace Lecture entitled 'Reflections on War Peace and Politics' on the 18 October 2007. He received a rapturous reception from an audience of around 400 people. Following the lecture Martin answered questions from the audience and signed copies of his book 'The Truth That Sticks: New Labour's Breach of Trust'.
(From Lto R): 'Prof Christopher May, Dr Feargal Cochrane, Martin Bell and Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Wellings'.
The Inaugural Richardson Institute Peace Studies Lecture was given by the renowned award winning journalist Mr Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent of the Independent on Friday 13 October 2006. It was attended by well over 400 people. Afterwards Mr Fisk responded to the questions and queries of the audience and attended a book signing ceremony organised by Waterstones.
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