THE SMITH
LECTURE

On 30 November 2021 Neil Oliver delivered the New Culture Forum's 2021 Smith Lecture to a sold-out audience in central London. The title to his talk was "The Attack on Our History & Culture". The event was filmed, and was subsequently viewed by over 200,000 people. Click below to view Neil's speech, as well as other past lectures. 

The inaugural Smith Lecture in June 2017 was delivered by the bestselling author and broadcaster Douglas Murray, on the themes of his critically acclaimed book The Strange Death of Europe.

Speakers at the New Culture Forum have also included:​

  • Robin Aitken, Author and journalist

  • Dr David Starkey, Historian

  • Martin Amis, Novelist

  • Richard Bean, Playwirght

  • Katharine Birbalsingh, Education campaigner

  • Chris Campbell, The National Theatre

  • Hugh Canning, Opera critic, Sunday Times

  • Natalie Clein, Cellist

  • James Delingpole, Author and journalist

  • Matthew Elliott, Founder, Taxpayers Alliance

  • Michael Gove MP

  • Jonah Goldberg, Author

  • Stephen Hough, Pianist

  • Jeremy Hunt MP

  • Owen Jones, Author and columnist

  • Roger Kimball, Founder, The New Criterion

  • Ruth Mackenzie, Director, 2012 Cultural Olympiad

  • Minette Marrin, Columnist, Sunday Times

  • Douglas Murray, Author and broadcatster

  • Richard D. North, Author and broadcaster

  • Melanie Phillips, Author and journalist

  • Shelly Silas, Playwright

  • Stephan Shakespeare, Founder, YouGov

  • Anthony Seldon, Educationalist and author

  • Nick Starr, Execuitve Director, National Theatre

  • Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3

  • Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive, Arts & Business

  • Ed Vaizey MP

  • Roger Wright, Director, BBC Promenade Concerts

  • Dame Vivienne Westwood DBE, RDI

  • Justin Webb, BBC North American Editor

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