In the historic EU Referendum on 23 June, many Britons - particularly voters in England - responded overwhelmingly to the call to 'take our country back'. They appeared to choose national identity over economic arguments, raising big questions about what sort of nation we want England to be.
The University of Winchester welcomes guest speaker Trevor Phillips OBE on Tuesday 18 October to present An English Future?
In this public lecture, Phillips asks: what should our country of the future look like and how should we manage the many competing identities vying for prominence within our national boundaries - geographic, cultural, racial, and political?
The big question is whether England can get to the second half of the century as an integrated nation that illustrates the motto 'Out of many, one' or whether it is heading for a splintered future whose slogan might be 'Out of one, many'. (Or in the Latin E Pluribus Unum or Ex Uno Multa).
Trevor Phillips is a writer, broadcaster and former politician. In March 2015, he was appointed President of the Partnership Council of the John Lewis Partnership for a three-year term, the first external appointment since 1928. He is former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
The event is organised by the University's Centre for English Identity and Politics as part of a seminar series focusing on the themes of Diversity and the Governance of England.
The Centre - which is headed by John Denham, former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and now Professor of English Identity and Politics at the University - explores the relationship between a growing sense of English identity and the development of local and national politics in England.
John Denham said: "The Centre exists to explore the big questions about England's future. None is bigger than whether an increasingly diverse nation can still share a powerful sense of national identity."
"Trevor's lecture is the first of a series of 'diverse England?' events. Future speakers will include journliast and commentator Yasmin Ailibi-Brown, academic Prof Tariq Modood and author David Goodhart."
An English Future: E Pluribus Unum or Ex Uno Multa? takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 18 October at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR.
It is free to attend but registration is essential. Register online at:
A cash bar will be open before and after the event.
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