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Events run in conjunction with the University of Southampton. All welcome.

James Parkes

The Parkes Institute Seminar Series

The Parkes Seminar Series consists of lectures by academics on both a national and international level who are invited to give talks about their latest work. 

Everyone is welcome to attend our lectures which are held on a Tuesday evening, starting at 6pm, approximately every two weeks throughout the year.

For more details and the timetable of the lecture programme for the coming year please see the Parkes Seminar Programme

Interfaith Week

Interfaith Week 2013: 17 - 23 November

Together with the University Chaplaincy, this year we are involved in running a series of talks and events for interfaith week 2013, including an evening examining the legacy of Revd Dr James Parkes for interfaith relations. James Parkes (1896-1981) was one of the most remarkable figures in British Christianity in the twentieth century. He became a priest in 1926 and was affiliated to the Student Christian Movement and the International Student Service, Geneva, through which he began to confront the growth of nationalist and racialist organisations in Europe during the late 1920s. Thereafter, he devoted his career to fighting antisemitism and seeking out its origins. Parkes believed that in order to establish future dialogue between Christians and Jews it was essential to understand what Christians had thought about Jews and the Jewish religion throughout the ages.

Interfaith week events include discussion of an interview with James Parkes, conversations for the soul, an exhibition focusing on questions in interfaith dialogue and Space for Peace – a musical vigil for peace with a variety of religious and secular musical and choral groups. Please do get in touch for more details.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. 

For January 2014, the Parkes Institute in partnership with Solent University is organising a full programme with schools and community groups for the commemoration of Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day. The commemoration will be held on Monday 27 January at 6.00pm in the Sir James Matthews building, Above Bar Street, Southampton. The evening is open to all.

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