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Ebor Lectures

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The Ebor Lectures are a response to the growing need for theology to interact with public issues in contemporary society. Public theology is about engaging in dialogue with a range of communities on issues wider than narrowly defined religious matters. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.


Lighting the Fire: Foundation, Character and Practice of Education in the Public Life

‘Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire’ - William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

Education is an increasingly contentious subject in contemporary public life. Austerity brings with it the need to control costs in state education, whilst at the same time improving learning and skills to compete in a global market and train a productive workforce to generate business, industry and the future wealth of society. However education is not just about economic outcomes; it forms individuals and shapes their lives in society and it makes contributions to every spectrum of life, by informing philosophical, socio-political and ethical conduct. The 2014-15 series of Ebor lectures, Lighting the Fire, explores the foundation, character and practice of education with a special reference to contemporary Britain. Invited experts in their fields help us to understand and contribute to the debate about learning in the twenty-first century.


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General information

The lectures will be held at York Minster and at York St John University.

Admission is free but by ticket only. Disabled access is available but please mention when booking. To book use our online booking form  or write to: Ebor Lectures, Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York Y031 7EX

If you would like any further information please contact the Ebor Lectures Co-ordinator on 01904 876474 or e-mail eborlectures@yorksj.ac.uk

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Contact Us

Ebor Lectures
Faculty of Education & Theology
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York Y031 7EX

E: eborlectures@yorksj.ac.uk
T: 01904 876474

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