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Baroness Ruth Henig presents to an audience of 100

Anglo European School are pleased to announce the expansion of their “Community Lecture” programme which began in July 2018  with Leslie Kleinman sharing his testimony  of his time in Auschwitz.  The second such event was the showing of the colourised “They Shall Not Grow Old ” last term in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

Last week the school welcomed Baroness Ruth Henig who spoke about peace-making at the end of the Great War.

Catherine Dawton, Head of Humanities said “It was inspiring to see such a large (nearly 100 strong) and diverse audience; a mix of students from Year 9 upwards, staff and members of the local community who all came together to hear Ruth’s lecture.

Ruth spent her academic career at the University of Lancaster where she was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, she was made a life peer in 2004 and became Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in 2015. She has written many books and articles on the topic of international relations. I have always found Ruth’s work both invaluable and refreshing, her insistence that although the League of Nations failed in its political ambitions, it was not ubiquitous in its failings and that much of its work, especially in the social sphere was ground-breaking and used as a model for the subsequent United Nations is a very important message. When studying and teaching both historical and contemporary international organisations it is all too easy to focus on the failures, successes are too often overlooked. I was very excited to learn that through David’s connection to the Saffron Waldon United Nations Association Ruth had agreed to venture out to Ingatestone.

Ruth’s lecture focused on the challenge of reconciling national interests with the ambitions and need for international co-operation in 1918/19 as well as the evolution of the new international scene into the 1920s. The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations have always been important topics in our GCSE history course, the audience listened intently while Ruth challenged perceptions of the economic impact of the Treaty of Versailles on Germany. She raised fascinating questions about the role of the United States, the ongoing conflicts on eastern frontiers and the continued instability that Europe faced in the post war period.  The lecture was followed by an opportunity for questions, our students shone as they quizzed Ruth on a variety of topics from the continued fighting on the eastern front, the borders of Poland, the Russian Civil War and the rise of Hitler. She was very impressed at the range and depth of their knowledge. It was very special to see such enthusiasm and engagement in history on a blustery February afternoon. Thank you to Ruth and all who attended.”

The audience were also able to view one of the original copies of the Treaty of Versailles which is owned by the school, albeit one which was rebound by Mr Barrs’ father.

The lectures are held at 4pm on a weekday and provide an opportunity for local residents, staff, students and their parents to continue their learning together both from the guest speakers and from each other.  The twilight slot at 4pm means that the normal learning timetable in school is not disrupted and is perhaps more convenient for adults to attend as well.  If you would like to be added to our circulation list please email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or ring the school office 01277 354018.

The lectures will cover a wide range of topics and we would welcome recommendations from local people, parents and others about future guest speakers.

The Anglo sits at  the heart of the Ingatestone  community and we hope this will also be a small way of opening up the school and adding value to the village.

The following lectures are planned;

1.  A Conversation with Liam Halligan, an Economics Commentator for the Telegraph Media Group  on “The Future of the Global Economy” on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 4pm

2. A Conversation with Drew Broughton, an ex-footballer/mental health coach on “The Pressure of Pursuing Dreams” on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 4pm