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8th Annual J.H, Whitley Lecture

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Riding the Storm: the political legacy of John Ruskin

Although John Ruskin eschewed direct engagement in politics, his influence on the character of late 19th and early 20th century political discourse was immense. Taking this as his starting point, Howard Hull explores the universal reach of Ruskin’s ideas and their continuing relevance to the nature of politics today.

Howard Hull is Director of the Ruskin Foundation and Brantwood Trust.

J H Whitley was the Liberal MP for Halifax 1900-28 and Speaker of the House of Commons 1921-28, he named his own house Brantwood in admiration of Ruskin

This Whitley Lecture is the University of Huddersfield’s contribution to Ruskin 200, a worldwide programme of events marking the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth.

In the face of its own shortcomings mankind has always had to assert its faith in the possibility of a better tomorrow. John Ruskin read the signs of his own times and attacked the darkness of humanity’s values. Prophetically, much that he predicted came – or is coming – to pass. But Ruskin also gave the world tools of hope. He asserted values that were universal, that defined our essential humanity, and which underpinned so many of the life-enhancing social innovations of the twentieth century. Ruskin’s social critique provided both the inspiration and the language for politicians of all parties, and helped to form a focus on values which influenced individuals such as J.H.Whitley.

Although Ruskin’s motto was ‘to-day’, its meaning was all about faith in tomorrow. This talk concludes by exploring the need we have today for a greater faith in tomorrow and, with Ruskin, examines ways in which we can build forces for change that will be at once more humane, generous and inclusive.


The lecture will take place at the University of Huddersfield (Heritage Quay). The talk is free to attand however please register your attendace via the green 'Register' button above. Refreshments will be available at the venur from 5.30pm.

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