Together with Kenan Malik, delve for the roots of Christian Europe and the Islamic world. British-Indian Kenan Malik (born 1960) is a British neurobiologist and writer. In his scientific publications, he explores the failure of multiculturalism, pluralism, the notion of ‘race’, and the philosophical side of biology. Apart from his books, he has written articles for magazines and newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times and Nature.

Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a columnist for the New York Times. His main areas of academic interest are the history of ideas, the history and philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of religion, political philosophy, ethics, and the history and sociology of race and immigration. He has been central to the public debate about free speech, Islam, multiculturalism and religious freedom. His latest book The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics (Atlantic) was described by Britain’s former chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as ‘intellectual history in the grand manner, in the tradition of Bertrand Russell’. Previous books include From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy (2009), shortlisted for the George Orwell Prize, and Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate (2008), nominated for the Royal Society Science Book Prize. He blogs at Pandaemonium: www.kenanmalik.wordress.com

Speech of 45 minutes followed by a discussion (participants to be announced shortly)