Speaker: Prof. AC Grayling, New College of Humanities, London
Title: “The Meaning of Brexit for the ‘Westminster Model’ and the Future of Democracy”
Date: 10 October 2018
Time: 6:15 PM
Venue: Iontas Theatre

The Meaning of Brexit for the ‘Westminster Model’ and the Future of Democracy

Maynooth University is delighted to announce that Professor AC Grayling will deliver this year’s Dean’s Lecture at Maynooth University on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 6.15pm. The title of Anthony Grayling’s talk is “The Meaning of Brexit for the ‘Westminster Model’ and the Future of Democracy”. 

Professor Grayling ‘s Lecture outlines how Brexit exposes the ways in which the ‘Westminster model’ of democracy is failing. It shows how Brexit represents not the interests of the nation, but of partisan entities within the state who have their hands on the constitutional levers. A raft of facts about the conduct of the 2016 EU referendum and Parliamentary and party political responses to its outcome have laid bare the dysfunctional character of the Westminster constitutional order – with serious implications for UK governance and the former British Empire countries where the model is in operation. 

Professor AC Graylingis a renowned philosopher and cultural commentator, who has published extensively. His  most recent works include War: An Inquiry (Yale UP, 2017) and Democracy and its Crisis (Oneword, 2017). Professor Grayling is also a highly regarded commentator on Brexit and European futures, with articles appearing in The Guardian. Further information is available at http://www.acgrayling.com/and follow him on Twitter @acgrayling


About the Dean’s Lecture: this is the fourth annual Dean’s Lecture, an event organised by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Philosophy and the Faculty’s Research Committee. It aims to showcase the contribution humanities scholarship can make to society and culture, and to bring together colleagues and students from across the University. Former speakers include Professor Jacqueline Rose (2015), Professor Sidonie Smith (2016), and Dr Catriona Crowe (2017).

We very much hope that Faculty members, University colleagues, alumni, and postgraduate and undergraduate students will join us for this event.

The event is free and open to the public.


For further information, contact deans.office@mu.ieor Stephen.oneill@mu.ie