Dr Daniel Butt interviewed on Oxford’s controversial benefactors

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Daniel Butt has been interviewed for an article on the BBC News website (9 November) about how the University of Oxford should treat its legacy of honouring historical figures for their donations even when these historical figures are now considered to be cultural pariahs, such as white supremacist Cecil Rhodes and slave owner Christopher Codrington.

Daniel is quoted as saying “We could think about scholarships in particular areas in the world, we could think about revising our curriculum. But this shouldn't be a decision made by a bunch of mostly white, mostly male academics sitting in an Oxford committee room. This needs to be a process of conversation involving a wide range of different communities - certainly students, but also representatives of the communities with which Oxford has this very complicated past.”

The full article can be read here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41904800

Dr Daniel Butt is Associate Professor of Political Theory, and Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Balliol College, MPhil in Political Theory Course Director.