Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures: Nigel Biggar on Deconstructing Decolonisation

Photograph Nigel Biggar

Sir Roger Scruton (1944-2020) was one of the most distinguished polymaths of modern times. His work ranged over philosophy, music and aesthetics to politics, religion and law. This annual series of free public lectures will honour his legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics of civilisational importance.

Professor Nigel Biggar, CBE, is Regius Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at the University of Oxford. Described as “one of the leading living Western ethicists” (John Gray, New Statesman, 25 November 2020), he is the author of In Defence of War (Oxford, 2013) and What’s Wrong with Rights? (Oxford, 2020). William Collins will publish his next book, Colonialism: A Moral Reckoning, in February 2023.

The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch is MP for Saffron Walden and Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade. She was formerly Minister of State at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister of State for Equalities. 

Professor Ali Ansari FRSE is Professor in Modern and Iranian History and Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, President of the British Institute of Persian Studies and Director of the Westphalia for the Middle East project at the Centre for Geopolitics at Cambridge. He is the author of eight books including Iran: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2014) and Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change (3rd Edition, Gingko/Chatham House, 2019).

Ticket Information

This is a free to attend event, however registration is required.


Doors open at 16:30 ready for a 17:00 start

Duration: 1 Hour 30 Mins, No interval

Suitable for all ages