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Department of Sociology

Jo Cox Memorial Lecture 2018

The Department of Sociology and Murray Edwards College sponsor an annual memorial lecture to commemorate and celebrate the inspiring life and work of Jo Cox MP, former student of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Jo Cox MP, a former student of Social Political Sciences and Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, was murdered whilst working in her constituency, Batley and Spen, in June 2016. Jo dedicated her life to helping others: campaigning tirelessly for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant world. To celebrate Jo’s life and all of the inspiring work she was involved with, the Department of Sociology and Murray Edwards College at the University of Cambridge sponsor a memorial lecture on an annual basis in Jo’s honour.

Each year the memorial lecture is delivered by a prominent speaker from one of the causes that Jo supported. This year, the lecture was delivered by Kathryn Perera (NHS Horizons), who worked with Jo Cox on her loneliness initiative, and was titled "All the Lonely People? The Gender Politics of Social Isolation". The event was introduced by the Head of the Department of Sociology, Professor Sarah Franklin, and chaired by the President of the Cambridge University Students' Union (CUSU), Evie Aspinall.

You can watch a recording of the lecture below:

The Department of Sociology and Murray Edwards College would like to extend their thanks to Kathryn Perera, the Jo Cox Foundation and Jo's family for their kind involvement this year's lecture.