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GRAND CHALLENGES LECTURE SERIES Dr Rowan Williams ETHICS, LAW AND THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY 16 OCTOBER 2018 1.00PM-2.00PM KEELE HALL, THE BALLROOM We are living in the aftermath of a referendum. And whatever the rights and wrongs of the particular result, it’s worth asking why we aren’t usually governed by referendum. Democracy in the full meaning has an ethical component, which is in danger if we just go by majority votes: it assumes something about the liberty or dignity of every citizen, and so mandates a certain approach to minorities or dissidents. In this lecture, Dr Williams will consider how this has evolved and how it works - and why and where it may be at risk today. Dr Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge University and former Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr Williams has a distinguished reputation as an academic and theologian and has written on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1990, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2003, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010. In 2013 he was made a Life Peer becoming Lord Williams of Oystermouth in the City and County of Swansea. Dr Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and as well as Welsh he speaks or reads nine other languages. 4