Partition Voices

Derek Penslar , Kavita Puri

Chair: Gavin Esler

07/03/2020 8:45 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

The partitions of India and Pakistan and Israel and Palestine are two of the most tumultuous events of the 20th Century. Remarkable parallels exist between the two experiences. Journalist and broadcaster Kavita Puri, in conversation with Harvard Professor Derek Penslar, explore the similarities in nationalism, relations with the international and diaspora communities, the acceptance or rejection of difference, the role of religion, and the role of memory and its legacy.

Sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation

In Association with Oxford Literary Festival

Derek Penslar 


Derek Penslar is the William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University, and was previously the Samuel Zacks Professor of European Jewish history at the University of Toronto since 1998. He is a historian of modern European Jewry, Zionism, and the State of Israel.

Kavita Puri


Kavita Puri is an award-winning journalist and radio broadcaster. Her landmark three-part series Partition Voices for BBC Radio 4 won the Royal Historical Society's Radio and Podcast Award and its overall Public History Prize. Her critically-acclaimed Radio 4 series, Three Pounds in My Pocket, charted the migration of South Asians to post-war Britain. Kavita works in BBC Current Affairs as an executive producer, and radio presenter. Prior to this, she worked at Newsnight. She studied Law at Cambridge University. @kavpuri

Gavin Esler


Gavin Esler is an award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and three non-fiction books, The United States of Anger, Lessons from the Top, a study of how leaders tell stories to make other people follow them. It is based on personal encounters with a wide variety of leaders, from Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel to Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, and even cultural leaders such as Dolly Parton. His most recent book is Brexit without the Bullshit.

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In Association with Oxford Literary Festival Sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation