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Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality to speak at LSE

Equality and respect for human rights are two of the biggest ideas of modern times. At a time of great tension, here are two ideals that seem to represent the best of our core values. But what do they mean? And what is the relationship between the two?

Trevor Phillips, chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, will explore the issues of equality and human rights in a public lecture at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Thursday 10 March.

He will ask does a commitment to one necessarily undermine the other commitment to one necessarily undermine the other, or do the two working together add more value than either on its own? With the government's proposal for a new Commission for Equality and Human Rights now before Parliament, how will such a body affect the flourishing of both of these ideas in British society?

Trevor Phillips became chair of the Commission for Racial Equality in March 2003. After leaving university he started his career in TV, initially as a researcher with London Weekend Television before being promoted to the head of Current Affairs. Trevor Phillips has campaigned on equality issues throughout his adult life, and has combined his successful career in the media with voluntary work. He is currently trustee of several leading charities working to serve ethnic minority communities.

Professor Francesca Klug, LSE, will chair this event.

Equality and Human Rights: sibling companions or false friends? is on Thursday 10 March at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat for this event, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

29 February 2005

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