Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture 2020 | Recordings and Transcripts now available to Watch, Listen and Read


Thank you to everyone who was present and attended the 2020 Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture (CBML) last week. This lecture series put on by the SEA annually since the inaugural CBML in 2001 is done in memory of the educationalist, campaigner, author and tireless advocate of a genuinely comprehensive system: Caroline Benn. Poignantly the date of this year’s Lecture fell within a few days of the 20th anniversary of Caroline’s death.

Over the years, we have welcomed many leading figures from the world of education and politics to the lectern: Geoff Whitty, Richard Pring, Fiona Millar, Danny Dorling, David Blunkett, Diane Reay, Selina Todd and Becky Allen. This year’s speaker and topic was no exception as we invited Ken Jones, Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. The title of Ken’s timely and inspiring talk was The Possibility of Change: Reflections on the Curriculum in a Moment of Crisis. After a moving and powerful introduction by Melissa Benn, daughter of Caroline Benn, the talk got underway and a stimulating debate followed.

Inevitably due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis this year’s lecture was held online via Zoom which did nothing to detract from an absorbing evening.

All the better to enjoy again, the video that we captured from the lecture is now available to watch. Furthermore the original Zoom Cloud Recording version can be accessed via the details below. The Cloud version comes complete with the comments, question and discussion from the night posted by the audience to the Zoom dialog chat box.

Topic: Caroline Benn Memorial Lecture
Start Time : Nov 19, 2020 06:00 PM

Meeting Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/2V3k1q3c4iBRwxpiIDDf3p7Ce0xmbsnCxd_6JSdS-6QjhI_tob3dWovm1jsllfrf.Xd_M8Te9IQjNnLgj

An audio recording of the lecture in podcast form as well as a transcript have been added to our archive of past lectures.

On behalf of the whole SEA we would like to give a special thanks to James Whiting and Melissa Benn for organising and chairing the talk and to Ken Jones for giving such an inspiring lecture – without whom this event would not have been possible.

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