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3rd May 2018

Students at York College attended a lecture by The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, as part of a series of lectures addressing the themes of ‘Power’.

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The Archbishop’s lecture titled: ‘“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” Lord Acton, Letters – 3 April 1887 of Bishop Mandle Creighton’, explored religious and spiritual dimensions. Previous speakers in the series have discussed themes from a philosophical standpoint, a scientific and engineering angle, as well as a political and legal stance.

Open to all students, the ‘Power Lectures’ series has been of particular interest to the College’s Sirius Group - which caters for ambitious and intellectually curious students. As a direct response to the Lectures students have the opportunity to participate in spin-off activities to further develop their own ideas and thinking.

Student Joseph Millbank, studying AS Levels in Politics, Modern History, Law and Geography said: “I am not religious but that's no reason not to learn about other people’s viewpoints. It was good to hear what the Archbishop had to say about Power, it was an opportunity to learn and appreciate his thoughts and beliefs.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to speak to students at York College about the dangers power can bring to those who wield it. As anyone who knows the warning given to Peter Parker as Spiderman will know that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. My hope is that any who find themselves in positions of power or authority in the future will remain focussed on using that power for the good of those they serve.”

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Glyn Jones, Assistant Principal for A Levels explains: “The aims of the lectures are quite broad. We hope to widen students’ views and opinions on where power lies in the world, how it is implemented or exercised and how it may affect them, now or in the future. Above all, we want to inspire our students to think widely and consider a picture bigger than that directly dictated by their studies, and to encourage them to think of their potential roles within the world - in their choice of career and as citizens, consumers, activists or voters.”

Other contributors to the College’s Power Lecture series have included: Professor Roddy Van, physicist from York Plasma Institute, University of York, Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Transport Minister and MP for York Central, Professor Sue Mendus Morrell Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy at The University of York and Professor John Bell, Faculty of Law, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.