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Welcome Party


‘The Special Relationship’

George Seay


Monday 1 November, 5pm to 7pm

Benson Hall, Magdalene College




‘Christianity and the Crisis of the West’

Jordan Peterson


Monday 22 November, 5pm to 7pm





Advent Party


Friday 3 December, 6:30pm onwards







Welcome Party


‘The Special Relationship’

George Seay


Tuesday 2 November, 5pm to 7pm

McKenna Room, Christ Church




‘Christianity and the Crisis of the West’

Jordan Peterson


Monday 22 November, 5pm to 7pm





Advent Party


Friday 3 December, 6:30pm onwards




George Seay is co-founder and Chairman of Annandale Capital and an influential political leader in both the State of Texas and on the national political scene.  Seay was Finance Chairman of Rick Perry’s campaign for the U.S. Presidency in 2012 and a Senior Adviser to Marco Rubio during his presidential bid in 2016.  Seay serves on a wide array of boards and philanthropic groups, including The University of Texas McCombs School of Business Advisory Board, The Clements Centre for National Security, The Texas-Israel Alliance, Hope Through Healing Hands, and the Southwestern Medical Foundation.


Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology, clinical psychologist, speaker, and bestselling author. His first book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (Routledge, 1999), became the basis for many of his subsequent lectures. Peterson's lectures and conversations—propagated especially through podcasts and YouTube—have garnered many millions of views. He put his clinical practice and teaching duties on hold after the publication of his second book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (Penguin, 2018), which was followed by Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life (Penguin, 2021).





Philippa Stroud


Friday 15 October, 5:00pm to 6:30pm


Baroness Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was the first Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice, a think-tank that she co-founded in 2004. Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser to the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2015 and to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2012 to 2015.  She played a pivotal role in redesigning Britain’s social security system, which led to the introduction of Universal Credit, a new payment that replaced and combined six benefits for working-age people on low household incomes.  




Tim Stanley


Friday 29 October, 5pm to 6:30pm


Tim Stanley is a historian, columnist, leader writer for The Daily Telegraph, as well as a regular contributor to CNN.  Stanley is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day and a regular guest on The Moral Maze.  He is the author of Whatever Happened to Tradition? History, Belonging and the Future of the West (Bloomsbury, 2021), which argues that although the West feels lost there are certain universal traditional principles—authority, nostalgia, rejection of self, the hunt for spiritual transcendence—that hold the key to overcoming our malaise.  Tim lives in Kent with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bertie.



Charles Murray (with Rob Henderson)


Friday 12 November, 5pm to 6:30pm


Charles Murray is one of the most accomplished social scientists alive today.  The W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., he is the author of numerous important and penetrating diagnoses of contemporary America, including Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 (Crown, 2012) and Facing Reality: Two Truths About Race in America (Encounter, 2021). He is also well-known for his historical and scientific work on human nature, including (with Richard J. Herrnstein) The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (Free Press, 1994) and Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 (HarperCollins, 2009).

PAST TFE Events 2021 EVERY FRIDAY 5pm - 6.30pm


Term Card

Summer Term 2021



Friday 30 April, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Christianity and Critical Race Theory: Consonance or Conflict? – Neil Shenvi


Dr Neil Shenvi is an active online apologist, tackling broad ranging issues across science and culture, including critical race theory and social justice from the perspective of Evangelical Christianity. From 2005-2010 he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Yale in the natural sciences and continued this research at Duke University. In 2015, he left his job at Duke to home-school his four children.  In March 2021 an event he was due to participate in was cancelled by the Veritas Forum in response to online criticism that he did not have the academic credentials necessary to engage in debate with Dr Willie Jennings on the compatibility of Christianity and Critical Race Theory. 

Friday 7 May, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

A New Social Covenant – Danny Kruger

Dr Danny Kruger MP worked in Number Ten as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Government's Expert Adviser on Civil Society.  He was elected as Conservative MP for Devizes in December 2019.  Between 2008 and 2016 he founded and led two charities, the criminal justice project Only Connect and the West London Zone for Children and Young People. He was Chief Speechwriter to David Cameron MP when he was Leader of the Opposition; chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph; and Director of Studies at the Centre for Policy Studies. He is the author of On Fraternity: Politics Beyond Liberty and Equality and recently launched the New Social Covenant Unit with Miriam Cates MP. 


Friday 14 May, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

From Ecological Paganism to Eastern Orthodoxy – Paul Kingsnorth

Paul Kingsnorth is an English essayist, novelist, and environmentalist. He lives in the west of Ireland and is a former deputy-editor of The Ecologist and a co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project.  He has written a number of novels and collections of essays on environmental themes and modern humanity on the severing of the link between people and place, between the humans and the wild, and between the sacred and the profane. Kingsnorth’s writings explore the results of that severance and how we might begin to correct it.  He was recently received into the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Friday 21 May, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Freedom of Religion and the Politics of Identity – Mary Eberstadt

Mary Eberstadt is an influential American author and commentator whose writings traverse anthropology, intellectual history, philosophy, popular culture, sociology, and theology. Central to her interests are questions concerning the philosophy and culture of Western civilization and the fate and aspirations of post-modern man. She is the author of several influential books, among them How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization; It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies; Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution; and Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics.

Friday 28 May, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

European Fraternity: A Christian Vision – Imre von Habsburg-Lothringen

His Royal Imperial Highness Imre von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria, is the great-grandson of the last emperor and king of Austria-Hungary, Blessed Karl, and his wife, Servant of God Empress Zita.  Among his many other roles and responsibilities, he serves as President of the European Fraternity, a Christian friendship-based network promoting a united and fraternal Europe.  He describes himself as a passionate and engaged European who works to see Europe rediscover her philosophical, cultural, and spiritual identity.


Friday 4 June, 5pm to 6.30pm

In Defence of Reactionary Feminism – Mary Harrington

Mary Harrington is a writer and journalist. After graduating from Oxford she spent her twenties experimenting with gig economy work, intentional communities, gender nonconformity and unconventional relationship forms. She co-founded the digital learning marketplace ‘School of Everything’; worked as a researcher digital culture think tank ‘The Institute for the Future of the Book’; and curated cult art events. She then trained as a psychotherapist, before discovering marriage, motherhood and small town life - along with an audience as a writer via her political blog. She is published by the New Statesman, The Spectator and Mail on Sunday, and  is a contributing editor at the influential online magazine UnHerd.



Friday 11 June, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The Rational Mystery: On the Credibility of Christianity – Thomas Joseph White

Fr Thomas Joseph White OP is Director of the Thomistic Institute at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (the ‘Angelicum’) in Rome. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford, and has research interests in metaphysics, Christology, Trinitarian theology, and the theology of grace. His books include The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology and The Light of Christ: An Introduction to Catholicism. He is co-editor of the academic journal Nova et Vetera and in 2011 was appointed an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.



 Friday 18 June, 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos – Sohrab Ahmari

Sohrab Ahmari is an Iranian-American convert, columnist, editor, and author who describes himself as a ‘radically assimilated immigrant.’  He is currently an op-ed editor for the New York Post, a contributing editor at The Catholic Herald, and a columnist for First Things. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor for The Wall Street Journal in New York and London and as a senior writer at Commentary.  Ahmari is the author of The New Philistines, a polemic on how identity politics is corrupting the arts, and From Fire, By Water, a spiritual memoir about his upbringing in Iran, his exile in the United States, and his conversion to Christianity five years ago. 




22 Jan 5pm-6.30pm

Whither the West

Douglas Murray

29 Jan 5pm-6.30pm

From Sussex to Rome via Canterbury

Gavin Ashenden

5 Feb 5pm-6.30pm

Sustainability and Diversity: Holy Grails or Sacred Cows

Peter W Wood

12 Feb 5pm-6.30pm

The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols

Ryszard Legutko

19 Feb 5pm-6.30pm

The Sense of the Sacred

Iain McGilchrist & Rowan Williams

26 Feb 5pm-6.30pm

Christianity and Canon: Antidotes to Wokeness

Spencer Klavan

5 March 5pm-6.30pm

In Defence of Bourgeois Values

Amy Wax

12 March 5pm-6.30pm

Faith and the Future of Europe

Gloria von Thurn-und-Taxis

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