Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Law

Event 32

Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Kill the Black One First

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Fuller was born to Windrush-generation Jamaican immigrants in 1959 and experienced a meteoric career in policing, from the beat to the Brixton inferno, through cutting-edge detective work and the frontline of drug-related crime and violence on London’s most volatile estates. He took a pivotal role in the formation of Operation Trident, which tackled gun crime and gang warfare in the London community, and was later appointed Chief Constable of Kent. His memoir Kill the Black One First is a raw and unflinching account of a life in policing during a tumultuous period of race relations throughout the UK, from Britain’s first black Chief Constable.

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Michael Fuller talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 51

Naomi Wolf

Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalisation of Love

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Wolf illuminates a dramatic history – how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting to our day. That law was the Obscene Publications Act. Dissent and morality became legal concepts: if writers, editors, printers and booksellers did not uphold the law and the morals of society they faced serious criminal penalties. This was most dramatic regarding anything to do with love between men; homosexuality was linked to deviancy in the eyes of the law. Wolf portrays the dramatic ways this censorship played out among a bohemian group of sexual dissidents, including Walt Whitman in America and the English critic John Addington Symonds. Both a fascinating story and, crucially, an important way of understanding how the Act created homophobia and our ideas of ‘normalcy’ and ‘deviancy’, Outrages also shows the way it helped usher in the state’s purported need and right to police speech. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

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Event 55

Carole Cadwalladr

Byline Platform: Damned Lies and Big Data

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Cadwalladr has won the Orwell Prize and the Reporters Without Borders Award for her investigative journalism in The Observer into the subversion of the democratic process and the impact of big data analytics and interventions on the EU Referendum and the American Presidential Election. She discusses her work with Oliver Bullough.

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Carole Cadwalladr

Event 66

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

Brexit Britain: The State of the Union

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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What happens now? What’s the deal with Europe, America, Ireland, Scotland? The Shadow Brexit Secretary is on the spot. And he’s listening.

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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

Event 69

Sander van der Linden

Cambridge Series 3: Vaccinating Against Fake News

Venue: Starlight Stage
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How do we counter fake news and can we inoculate public opinion against misinformation? Dr Van der Linden is Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab and is investigating the psychological mechanisms behind the spread of misinformation.

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Sander van der Linden

Event 110

Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left, in America, across Europe and in Britain. She addresses what can be done about it.

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Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 168

Henriette van der Blom

The Art of Political Rhetoric: Antiquity and Today

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Focusing on republican politics in ancient Rome, the speeches of Cicero and parallels between ancient and modern political speech, Van der Blom explores what the study of ancient rhetoric contributes to current debates about political communication. Van der Blom is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, founding director of the Network for Oratory and Politics and the leader of a research project into the crisis of speech in modern British politics.

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Henriette van der Blom

Event 224

John Thomas

The West, the East and the Rule of Law

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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The West has traditionally seen the rule of law as one of the cornerstones of liberty and freedom, of prosperity and an accountable democracy. It has had worldwide influence. But there are other approaches to the rule of law. One is the rule of law with Chinese characteristics; another is in effect rule by law. The former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examines the impacts that economic success and the technological revolution are having on the different approaches, and how the Western approach can be promoted.

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John Thomas

Event 274

Mike Kenny, Eluned Morgan and Adam Price

Cambridge Series 11: Brexit and the Politics of National Identity in Wales and the UK

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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What are the Brexit implications for Wales and for the coherence of the United Kingdom? Kenny is Co-director of the British Academy’s ‘Governing England’ programme, and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit. Morgan is Welsh Government Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language. Price is leader of Plaid Cymru.

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Event 304

Albert Woodfox talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Solitary

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement, in a 6 x 9-foot cell, twenty-three hours a day, in the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana – all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit. 

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Event 329

Jamie Susskind talks to Katya Adler

Future Politics

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Susskind confronts one of the most important questions of our time: how will digital technology transform politics and society? The great political debate of the last century was about how much of our collective life should be determined by the state and what should be left to the market and civil society. In the future, the question will be how far our lives should be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems - and on what terms? Those who control these technologies - usually big tech firms and the state - will increasingly control us. Their algorithms will resolve vital questions of social justice, allocating social goods and sorting us into hierarchies of status and esteem. They will decide the future of democracy, causing it to flourish or decay. 

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Event 385

Thomas Grant and Geoffrey Robertson

The Rule of Law

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A conversation with two leading QCs and authors about the often sensational legal cases that have shaped contemporary society. Thomas Grant is author of Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials That Defined Modern Britain and Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories. Geoffrey Robertson led students in the sixties to demand an end to racism and censorship. He went on to become a top human rights advocate, saving the lives of many death-row inmates, freeing dissidents and taking on tyrants in a career marked by courage, determination and a fierce independence. He is founder of the redoubtable Doughty Street Chambers and author of the memoir Rather His Own Man: In Court with Tyrants, Tarts and Troublemakers.

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