Sixth Form Lecture Programme Sept 2014

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Inaugural Sixth Form Lecture


The Sixth Form Lecture Programme launched on 18th September with a thought-provoking lecture exploring  themes of immigration and identity. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Susie Symes, Chair of Europe's oldest museum of immigration and diversity, 19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields. 

Described by The Financial Times as 'one of the most terrifyingly effective bureaucrats of her day', Susie Symes is a graduate of City University London, St Anthony's College Oxford and the London School of Economics. She is an economist and campaigner who has held senior posts in HM Treasury, the European Commission in Brussels and at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. A firm believer in lifelong learning, she recently qualified in Conflict Resolution, at Birkbeck, University of London. Susie has published or broadcast on topics ranging through social exclusion, world agricultural policy and military might in the Mediterranean. Under her leadership, 19 Princelet Street is a pioneering international historic site of conscience and civic engagement.

The rich 300 year history of 19 Princelet Street, from its very first Huguenot residents, formed the central focus of the lecture from which the history of immigration and the questions of identity, sanctuary and economics raised by immigration today were examined and challenged.

This fascinating lecture on our response to one of the most profound issues facing our society today set a very high standard for this new Sixth Form initiative.

The next Sixth Form lecture will take place on Thursday October 16th.