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Online OE Events 2020-21

We can't wait until we can welcome OEs to in-person events when restrictions allow. In the meantime, you can access a series of online events including talks and music recitals. Find out more about the events below and use the booking form at the bottom of the page to register for as many as you like!

Living an Ethical Life

Regarded as the world's most influential living philosopher, Professor Peter Singer delivered an inspiring talk on ‘Living an Ethical Life'. The Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University discussed a wide range of topics, including how to pick an ethical career, non-human animal rights and becoming a vegan, the problem of global poverty and ethics of the lockdown.

US Covid-19 Response Strategy

Live from across the pond, Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics at George Mason University and co-founder of the online Marginal Revolution University, shared a detailed insight into his role in developing the US Covid-19 response strategy.

Justice Towards Enemies

Professor Michel Paradis, Senior Attorney for the US Department of Defense and Lecturer at Columbia Law School, provided a thought-provoking virtual talk on 'Justice Toward Enemies: Practice and Historical Precedents'.


From fake news to the future of space exploration and technology, speakers including David Ault (2000), Richard Benwell (2001), Lokesh Jain (2017) and Alok Kumar (2015) discussed a range of topics at the student-organised TEDxKES event. View the recordings from the event

Political Awareness Week 

Political Awareness Week featured an array of guest speakers including Old Edwardians, West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street (1981), MP Saqib Bhatti (2003) and former Director of Counter-Terrorism at the Home Office, Robert Whalley (1965). Talks were on topics including race, identity, gender and sexuality in politics and a virtual ‘Question Time' like debate. Register to listen to the talks

Plato's Critique of 'Scientific' Politics

Professor Jacob Howland, McFarlin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Tulsa, and distinguished classical scholar and political philosopher, provided an interesting virtual talk on Plato's Critique of 'Scientific' Politics. 

Why The Germans Do It Better

Journalist and broadcaster John Kampfner talks about his recently published bestseller, Why The Germans Do It Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country, which charts the journey that Germany has taken since 1945, focusing on political institutions, the economy, culture, society and identity.

Theories of Punishment and Criminalisation

Professor Brenner Fissell is an expert in the fields of criminal law and military law, and applies insights from political theory to specific issues in criminal law. His scholarship has appeared in numerous law reviews. His work on Guantanamo Detainees' Rights has been cited in the New York Times, and his work on military law has been cited by The Washington Post.

Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital

The Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital is one of the most treasured events in our musical year. The recital celebrates both the legacy of Miss Davis to music in these schools, and the generosity of all who have helped in so many ways to build and support the playing you will hear.

The Dawning of the Asian Century 

Professor Chris Ogden (1995), a leading scholar and expert specialising in China, India and Asia's rise to worldwide importance, and the study of great power politics, gives a talk on the Dawning of the Asian Century.

'Fake News' and US Politics

Professor Scott Lucas, a leading scholar and expert in the fields of American Studies, Politician Science and the New Media talks about Fake News and US Politics.

Behavioural Biases of Investors

Professor H Kent Baker, a leading scholar and expert in the fields of behavioural finance and risk management, discusses Behavioural Biases of Investors. 

The Reacher Guy

Dr Heather Martin, author of Lee Child's (1973) biography The Reacher Guy, gave an insightful talk into Lee's life experiences including how his time at King Edward's, and in Birmingham, shaped his books.

Holocaust Survivor

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the KES community had the opportunity to hear the testimony of Holocaust survivor, Joanna Millan BEM. Joanna told her extraordinary story of survival, being orphaned in Theresienstadt, growing up in England with a new identity given to her by her adoptive parents and her subsequent journey to piece together her own identity and her family's history.

The US Elections

Professor Erik Goldstein, expert on international relations and the history of diplomacy, provided an incisive analysis on the aftermath of the US Presidential Elections.

KES/KEHS Spring Concert

A lot of the pieces for the KES/KEHS Spring Concert were recorded at home, and compiled by staff and students in our Music Departments. Please enjoy the hard work and commitment that has gone into this concert, even during lockdown! 

Anti-System Politics

Professor Jonathan Hopkin, Professor at the London School of Economics, provides an online talk on ‘Anti-System Politics: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Rich'.

Reggae Reggae Sauce! 

Entrepreneur Levi Roots provides an engaging and entertaining virtual talk on his childhood in Jamaica, career as a musician and appearance on BBC's Dragons' Den when two dragons invested in his Reggae Reggae Sauce. 

'Line of Duty' stars

To celebrate KEHS ArtsFest week, OEs Alastair Natkiel (1999) and Maya Sondhi (OE KEHS), stars of BBC One's Line of Duty, spoke to KEHS Head of Careers Laura Quigley.

Climate and Development in the Age of Adaptation

Professor Adil Najam is a leading public policy scholar whose teaching, research and public engagement focuses on international environment and development policy, global governance, diplomacy and negotiation, South Asia, and higher education in developing countries. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and a Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment at Boston University. An author of over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, Professor Najam shares his expertise with us on the topic of climate and development in the age of adaptation.

Historical knowledge among other knowledges: a few comparitive thoughts

Professor Michael Bentley is Emeritus Professor of Modern History in the University of St Andrews and Senior Research Fellow in Historiography at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where he is also an Admissions selector for History. He is best known for books relating to modern British history, and the history of historical thought and writing. He is currently writing a comparative study of Western historiography since the Enlightenment for Princeton University Press.