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#WoolfWatch Week One

Published March 23, 2020 by Tara Zammit

As most of us are now working or staying at home during this time of isolation and social distancing, we thought it would be nice to share a list of some of our home entertainment recommendations. We are calling this new series #WoolfWatch. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks!

We send our best wishes to you all at this time and hope you enjoy our series.


The Woolf Institute Lecture Series offers us the opportunity to listen to talks by senior British academics, politicians and activists. On February 13, we welcomed Anthony Julius, Deputy Chairman of Mishcon de Reya and Chair of Law and the Arts at UCL, for his talk 'On Censorship'. Julius is famous for his defence of Deborah Lipstadt in the David Irving v Penguin Books trial and you can watch his lecture below.


From the series Naked Reflections, this week we recommend 'Forgiving'. Chaired by Dr Ed Kessler MBE and featuring Dr Sr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Dr Kitty O'Lone and Rabbi Elazar Symon, this episode explores the concepts of forgiveness and forgiving from Christian, Jewish, psychological and evolutionary perspectives. For example, what is the psychological difference between an apology and an excuse and which political speeches might be good examples of this? Listen here to find out! Make sure to subscribe to Naked Reflections for more weekly episodes.


In these trying times, people often seek ways to come together and faith is one of the ways that individuals and communities can connect with one another. Amy Rhys-Davies, our Director of Services and Administration, wrote about her experience with faith and her own religious identity in her blog post, 'Faith and Connection'. You can read Amy's reflections here and our other blogs here. Have an idea for a blog of your own? Email with your thoughts - we'd love to hear from you.


The media abounds with fake news, scary stories and tales full of misinformation. This week, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Yasmin Qureshi MP wrote in The Independent about the need for increased religious literacy in the world of media in order to address some of these issues. In 2013, we convened the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB). Chaired by Baroness Butler-Sloss, CORAB's report Living with Difference: community, diversity and the common good is available to download here.

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