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Danny Dorling at North Staffs GA
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:51:18 PM »
THE NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE  BRANCH of the Geographical Association presents a talk       
“What Brexit tells us about the British” given by Professor Danny Dorling , Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford; on Wednesday September 26th 2018 at 7.30pm.
The lecture will be held in Room R001 at the Science Centre, STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY (Leek Rd site next to Sixth Form College) Stoke-on-Trent (near Stoke Station) SATNAV  ST4 2DF.
All are welcome.
£2 for a single lecture or open to personal or school members of North Staffs GA Branch and Shropshire Branch.

Contact Bob Jones for further details or 01785 815521

Whatever kind of Brexit occurs – hard, soft, or even a cancellation and staying in the European Union – the public and especially school children (who had no vote) are going to be asking questions about why this has happened and what it means. Just under a year before this talk was given, extra money had to be found to pay for Brexit in the November 2017 budget than could be found for the NHS. In early 2018 there was an unprecedented rise in deaths among elderly people in The UK.  On the same day as that budget, we also learnt that Britain would lose a place in the International Court of Justice for the first time since the court’s inception in 1946. But what can Geographers tell us about Brexit and what does Brexit tell us about the British?
The arguing and making of claims and counter-claims about Britain’s geographical status that is currently underway will not improve the image of Britain in the eyes of much of the rest of the world’s people.  But there is an upside. The British may well learn a great deal about themselves as a result. Not least that Britain, and even Brexit, has its roots in the British Empire. Traditionally British Geography, a subject that was partly born in this country due to Empire has not been very good at explaining what the Empire was and why it mattered. Brexit may well be the point at which we finally learn about the importance of geography: from the Irish border through to the modern day priorities of India.