It can feel overwhelming to try to make sense of what is going on in the world today.  Politics has become dramatically more polarised; climate change is an ever-increasing threat and terrorism seems to be spreading – and that’s just what we see on the news – what else might be going on that we’re yet to hear about?

Our event features three speakers who have their finger on the international pulse and will bring you up to date with both national and worldwide events. Join journalist and business executive, Richard Lambert; Professor Paul Rogers, journalist and social commentator Mona Eltahawy and Saeed Khan, Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University-Detroit, Michigan, for a truly global update on current affairs, as they discuss how what’s happening today might affect us all tomorrow.


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About The Chair

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. He trained originally as a biologist, lectured at Imperial College and worked in East Africa on tropical crop research before working on environmental conflicts and joining Peace Studies in 1979. His research is on the changing causes of international conflict, especially in relation to political violence, socio-economic divisions and environmental limits to growth.

About The Speakers

Sir Richard Lambert

Sir Richard Lambert is Chairman of Bloomsbury Publishing. Richard was the editor of the Financial Times from 1991 to 2001; a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006, and Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011. He served as Chancellor of Warwick University from 2008 to 2016 and the Chairman of the British Museum from 2014 to 2021.

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues and global feminism. She is the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. Her commentaries have appeared in several publications and she is a regular guest analyst on various television and radio shows.

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan is Senior Lecturer of Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies of Wayne State University in Detroit, as well the Research Fellow of its Center for the Study of Citizenship. His latest publications include Global Studies: A Reader on Issues and Institutions and What’s Going on Here: US Experiences of Islamophobia between Obama and Trump, co-authored with Saied R. Ameli.

Carlos Andrés Gómez

Carlos Andrés Gómez is a Colombian American poet and the author of Hijito (Platypus Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Broken River Prize. Winner of the Atlanta Review International Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, Gómez’s writing has been published in the New England ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalCHORUS: A Literary Mixtape (Simon & Schuster, 2012), and elsewhere. Carlos appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.