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Part of the Israel Studies Series of Lectures at the Centre of Jewish Studies within the University of Manchester

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Host: The Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Manchester
Location: Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre, University of Manchester, Lime Grove, Manchester M13 9PP
Speaker: Brian Klug

Brian Klug presents a lecture as part of the Israel Studies Series at the Centre of Jewish Studies within the University of Manchester, entitled 'Words of Fire: Ahad Ha'am and the Jewish Future'.

UNIVERSITY EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: A NOTE ON CONTROVERSIAL VIEWS AND THE ACADEMY

The critical exchange of academic ideas, interpretations, and arguments must flow freely on any topic. University seminar papers are one of several proper settings for the critical scrutiny of all academic arguments. To provide the setting for such academic exchange is one of the core duties of Universities. Speakers are invited because their work has demonstrated significant research quality or achieved research impact, and the scrutiny does not proceed by pre-judging/judging the personal motivations of speakers. It proceeds by exposing the claims of seminar speakers to critical and evidence-based responses, both in the longer term and on the day. The speakers’ positions as well as the scrutiny and responses they receive from others in the field become part of the ongoing review of new claims that characterises all University subjects. This always takes time, but it is the ultimate source of all informed discussion which takes place outside the University as well. Thus a seminar series fulfils a vital function in the exchange and critical scrutiny of ideas, data, interpretations and evidence.  

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