Tuesday, 31 October 2006, 6:00PM

The plumage of the naked ape

Professor Rodney Barker

Tom Paine criticised Edmund Burke’s account of the French Revolution by saying that he pitied the plumage but forgot the dying bird. But it is often the plumage which defines the bird. The rituals and theatre of public life are a valuable indicator of the character of a political system.''

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Professor Rodney Barker is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, having held the chair between 2006 and 2009.

Professor Barker is Emeritus Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has been since 1971. He has an MA from Downing College, Cambridge, and a PhD from LSE. Professor Barker has been published widely and is regularly invited to address international conference. He writes and broadcasts on a range of topics, some directly related to scholarship, others not, and contributes to The Guardian, Tribune, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman, New Statesman and other journals.

Professor Barker's programme for his lectures as Gresham Professor of Rhetoric drew on history, political science and political theory. The lectures presented a perspective on the contemporary world and its government which drew on a broad range of modern scholarship in an informed and intelligently provocative manner, setting out the historical context of current events and the significance of general patterns of human activity.

All of Professor Barker's past lectures can be accessed here.

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31 October 2006

The plumage of the naked ape
Professor Rodney Barker

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