The four speakers who will deliver this year’s BBC Reith Radio 4 Lectures have been announced.
himamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lord Rowan Williams, Darren McGarvey and Dr Fiona Hill will give lectures inspired by Franklin D Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech.
The famous 1941 speech addressed freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom to not want and fearlessness – with one speaker per topic.
Award-winning author Ngozi Adichie will explore freedom of expression in his lecture.
She is best known for novels such as Americanah and Half Of A Yellow Sun, which were voted in 2020 by the public as the best book to have won the Women’s Award for Fiction in its 25-year history.
Former Archbishop Williams will explore freedom of worship in his homily, discussing how religious freedom is the basis of political freedom, as well as the current state of religious freedom around the world. world.
He is a bishop, theologian and poet and the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, a position he held from December 2002 to December 2012.
In his lecture on the freedom to not want, Orwell Prize-winning author McGarvey will explore themes of inequality and poverty, individual responsibility, and systemic change.
Dr. Fiona Hill will explore freedom from fear in her lecture.
In it, she’ll look back to the early 20th century to discuss how knowledge can help us allay our fears and better understand the world.
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Dr. Hill is a foreign affairs expert from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, who has advised Presidents George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.
In 2017, she joined the National Security Council at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia.
She left the administration in 2019 and later that year testified before the US Congress as a witness in the hearings leading up to Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial in 2020.
The lecture series will be filmed in London, Glasgow, Wales and Washington DC in late October and November, as part of the BBC’s centenary.
The Reith Lectures were inaugurated by the BBC in 1948 to mark the historic contribution to public service broadcasting by Sir John Reith, the corporation’s first general manager.
Their purpose is to advance public understanding and debate on important issues of current concern.
Mohit Bakaya, Controller of Radio 4, said: “Freedom is one of the defining values of our time.
“It is the fault line drawn in so many of our contemporary debates about the nature of society and the kind of world we want to live in.
“However, there are different kinds of freedom and, in this BBC 100th anniversary, I wanted to find four perspectives on this complex idea based on the FDRs famous Four Freedomoms speech – a speech. was made in 1941 at a very precarious time for the world.
“I am delighted that these four brilliant thinkers have agreed to explore freedom as it relates to their field of passion and knowledge.”
Lectures will be chaired by presenter, journalist and author, Anita Anand.
They will be broadcast on Radio 4 and World Service later this year and they will be available on BBC Sounds.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/four-speakers-for-the-2022-bbc-radio-4-reith-lectures-announced-42028495.html Four speakers for BBC Reith Lectures 2022 announced