Date: 2 March 2011
>The former Home Secretary Charles Clarke is to make a three day visit to Lancaster University in his role as Visiting Professor of Politics and Faith in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR).>
The former Cabinet Minister, who played a central role in Tony Blair's Government and its response to terrorism, will give a lecture on "The global war on terror and challenges to democracy" on March 22 to first year politics undergraduates. He will give an insider's view of the trade-off between security and democracy focussing on his experiences of parliamentary debates and government policy.
His second lecture of the day will be to second year politics students and will be entitled "Policy making in Britain", drawing on his experiences in government.
He will also hold several meetings on March 23, including attending an UCAS Open Day with two hundred prospective students and their parents, following by an inaugural lecture at the Storey Institute in Lancaster entitled "Politics and Faith: why they are increasingly intertwined?"
The final day of his visit will see Charles Clarke give a postgraduate seminar followed by a talk to undergraduates on politics and human rights.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be a Visiting Professor of Politics and Faith at Lancaster and grateful for the opportunity. Faith plays an increasingly important role in national and international political life and its impact is insufficiently understood and discussed. Lancaster University is playing a leading role in addressing this problem and I hope that through this appointment I can contribute to better understanding of the issues at stake." Charles Clarke.
Associated departments and research centres: Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR