London Group: Peter Bazalgette

22nd March 2018, the Oxford & Cambridge Club

The Empathy Instinct: How to Create a More Civil Society
‘This is what it is to be human’

The London Group is delighted to host Peter Bazalgette. In his recently published book, The Empathy Instinct, Peter Bazalgette draws on the latest scientific research, as well as an astonishing range of literary and historic sources. He will talk about this fundamental human quality and how it can be a force for good in every aspect of our lives, from the domestic to the geopolitical.

Now the Chair of ITV, Peter Bazalgette was Chair of Arts Council England from 2013 to 2017. He also chaired the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He devised some of the biggest entertainment shows in recent TV history such as Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms and brought Big Brother to the UK. In 2011 he was knighted for services to broadcasting.

The evening begins at 6.30pm with a drinks reception. The talk itself will begin at 7.00pm, followed by questions, and there will be drinks served again after the talk. Copies of The Empathy Instinct will be available for sale.

Tickets are £25 (£10 for alumni who matriculated in 2012 and later) with all Somervillians and guests welcome. Please note that the Oxford and Cambridge Club has a dress code.

For availability enquiries please contact Isabel on 01865 280626 or

Dates for the Diary at the Oxford & Cambridge Club:
– On Wednesday 2 May, Claudia Sturt (1985), Director, Security, Order and Counter Terrorism HM Prison Service: What are the chief challenges to prison security, and what can we do about these?
– On Thursday 28 June, Luke Harding: How Trump Walked Into Putin’s Net
– On a date to be confirmed, Dr Frank Prochaska : The Feminisation of the Monarchy

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