The academic enrichment speaker programme at Sevenoaks School seeks to connect students and the wider Sevenoaks School community with eminent thinkers to debate key issues and big ideas. 

We have a season of external speakers lined up for the Lent term:

Hans Christian Steen-Larsen 
Friday 19 January 2018, 4.30pm

News from 800,000 years ago
Climate scientist, Dr Hans Christian Steen-Larsen of the University of Bergen, on what ice cores from Greenland and Antartica tell us about our world and climate. 

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Paul Freemont
Thursday 25 January 2018, 7pm

Redesigning Life 
Professor Paul Freemont, Co-director of the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation at Imperial College, London, on the frontiers of genetic research. 

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David Olusuga
Friday 2 February 2018, 6pm 

Black History
Presenter of the BBC's A House Through Time and author of The World's War and Black and British, David Olusoga on historical amnesia. 

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Simon Stephens
Friday 2 March, 7pm

Why Theatre? 
Playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, Birdland and adaptations of A Doll's House, The Seagull and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) on writing for the stage.

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Recent speakers have included: 

Evan Davis (BBC broadcaster) on Post Truth and Populism: the World in 2017

Baroness Patience Wheatcroft (journalist and life peer) on The House of Lords: Undemocratic Anachronism or Fearless Check on Power?  

John Lanchester (novelist and literary journalist) on the Decade since the 2008 Crash

Dr Tim Rogan (Philosopher and author of The Moral Economists) on Self, Society and the End of History.

Alastair Macaulay (Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times) on Ballet and the Male Gaze

Chris Giles (Economics Editor of the Financial Times), Gerard Lyons (Chief Economics Adviser to Boris Johnson) and Adam Boulton (Sky broadcaster) on the case for and against Brexit

Francis Hardinge (novelist) on the power of fantasy