The Annual Debate

What's the Point of Diversity?
Thursday 21 November 2019

Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London


Start: 6:30pm (Doors: 6pm)

Finish: 8:00pm 


This event is free, but you must register for a ticket here.

Diversity has become a divisive issue. In this debate philosophers at the front line will be picking at its complexities and difficulties. What are the different forms of diversity? Why do they matter? Should we be promoting or managing diversity? Should we even be reducing it in the name of greater cohesion? And why are we riding it so hard to have these debates, with opposing sides refusing to engage with each other? 


This year we have abandoned the antagonistic for/against format and have invited our speakers to model a more collaborative discussion in which increased mutual understanding matters more than winning. In our increasingly polarised society, we need to bring people together more than ever.


Confirmed speakers include Prof Tommy Curry (University of Edinburgh) and Prof Kathleen Stock (University of Sussex), with the BBC's Ritula Shah in the chair.


Past Debates