May 04, 2012
In these turbulent days of ‘the Arab Spring', there is not a better time to reflect on the life and ideals of an earlier brave and inspired leader for social justice. Rosa Luxemburg was one of the towering figures of the twentieth century, a revolutionary for social democracy, who challenged every rule and convention of her time, and who lived and died for her beliefs. ‘Freedom,' she wrote, ‘is always, and exclusively, freedom for the one who thinks differently.' She also wrote, ‘Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of the press and assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies in every public institution, become a mere semblance of life, in which only bureaucracy remains as an active element.'
The evening is planned as a conversation between the well-known academic, writer and broadcaster, Professor Jacqueline Rose, who last year assessed the life of Rosa Luxemburg on the centenary of International Women's Day for the BBC World Service, and who recently reviewed the The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg for the London Review of Books; Rory Castle, a PhD researcher on Rosa at the University of Swansea; and Marie-Louise Luxemburg, BRLSI director and great niece of Rosa.
The evening will be a special occasion - a unique gathering of Rosa's closest relatives, some of whom are travelling from distant parts of Europe for this event.
Tickets: £6 (£4 for BRLSI members)
Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square