University of Huddersfield (UK) Leading anti-terrorism experts to explore Government safeguarding programmes
This latest in a series of ‘Changing Perspectives’ events organised by The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre will examine issues such as far-right extremism, racism, radicalisation, discrimination and hate crime, and look at what people can do to accomplish both societal and political change, on an individual level and in education settings
A Yorkshire-based charity dedicated to tackling prejudice and discrimination in society has joined forces with a number of leading public figures in anti-terrorism to host an online event exploring the role of Government programmes and how effective they are at keeping the public safe from extremism.
This is the latest in a series of ‘Changing Perspectives’ events run by The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre in Huddersfield. Joining the charity will be Figen Murray OBE (pictured below far left) who has been campaigning for Martyn’s Law to be implemented, to ensure venues provide adequate security to keep the public safe – following the death of her son, Martyn Hett at the Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017.
Also speaking at the event will be Professor Paul Thomas, a top academic in research of the controversial ‘Prevent Agenda’ and Sean Arbuthnot a Prevent practitioner and Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR).
Figen Murray on why she is taking part in the event said: “To implement real change with such complex issues and make society a safer place, education is key. This is why events like this, that raise awareness of issues, especially amongst people like educators who are key to helping create change is so important”.
The event series has been organised by Hannah Randall, who is the Producer of Learning and Events at The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre and is dedicated to helping educate the public on issues such as extremism and hate crimes. Hannah is also a qualified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Education (Extremism and Cohesion).
“To implement real change with such complex issues and make society a safer place, education is key. This is why events like this, that raise awareness of issues, especially amongst people like educators who are key to helping create change is so important.”
Figen Murray OBE
Sharing more on the latest event ‘Prevent and Protect: Safeguarding Against Extremism’ Hannah Randall said: “We’re really grateful to have Figen, Paul and Sean joining us to share their insights and expertise at this event, which is aimed at both individuals and particularly people working in education.
“We’ll be examining issues such as far-right extremism, racism, radicalisation, discrimination and hate crime and looking at what we on an individual level and in education settings can do to accomplish both societal and political change.
“We’ll also look at how educators can improve the teaching of the build-up to the Holocaust and how to link it to ongoing issues today, as many people can’t comprehend those ongoing parallels remain which still affects today’s society”.
Many experts and campaigners have joined previous events in the ‘Changing Perspectives’ series over the past six months including Sylvia Lancaster OBE, Nazir Afzal OBE and Dr Joe Mulhall, to highlight issues such as hate crime, Holocaust denial and education, and how we as a society can practically, make a positive impact.