Editor of Prospect Magazine and former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger is announced as the next speaker in the DARE Liberty Lecture series, where he’ll consider how to stay informed, tell truth from fiction and hold those in power accountable in the modern age.

Part of the ground-breaking partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds, the DARE Liberty Lectures connect the curious and the experienced through a programme that has become an established part of Leeds’ cultural offering.

Alan’s acclaimed recent book, News and How to Use It: What to Believe in a Fake News World, offers a glossary for our bewildering age. In his Liberty Lecture, he’ll expand on its themes in conversation with Kate Nash, Professor of Media and Communication and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds.

During his time at The Guardian, both Alan and the paper won numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service Journalism. The Guardian grew from a printed paper with a circulation of 400,000 to a leading digital news organisation with 150m browsers a month around the world. He launched now-profitable editions in Australia and the US as well as a membership scheme which now has 1m Guardian readers paying for content.

Born in Zambia and educated in Cambridge, Alan now lives in London. His memoir of journalism and its future, Breaking News, was published in 2018, and his latest book, News and How to Use It, was published in 2020.

You are warmly invited to attend Alan’s Liberty Lecture on Wednesday 23 November 2022 at 7.30pm in the Howard Assembly Room.

Tickets cost £8 (£5 for Under 30 members). More info can be found on the Opera North website, and tickets can be booked here.


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