Mercers' Lecture Review: Mariella Frostrup

On Tuesday 7 February, Mariella Frostrup visited Dauntsey's to discuss the fascinating title, "What you won't find on Google".

Targetting her talk at the generation emerging from Dauntsey's now, her talk was undoubtedly extremely inspiring, encouraging the teenagers of today to focus on our own success, relationships and ambitions, rather than to focus on how we are seen by the world's media and expectations. She not only explained that she came from humble backgrounds to become a hugely successful journalist and presenter, but was also very modest about the incredible amount of work that she does for her own charitable foundation, 'The Great Initiative', encouraging gender equality across the globe.

In an interesting and, at times, heated discussion with a group of Sixth Formers before the dinner, she shared her opinions on the importance of Feminism, but as a mutual and equalised relationship between men and women, encouraging us to be more open minded in a world where equality is becoming more commonplace, thanks to her work.

In the concluding stages of her talk, she placed importance on the value of education, and her regrets of not attending university, something she fights strongly for for women around the world.

A genuinely inspiring and thought-provoking talk that was enjoyed by all, and it was a pleasure to meet someone so passionate about their work.
India Wild, Upper Sixth

Pupils, parents and the local community are really looking forward to the next Mercers’ Lecture from Sir John Sawers, on Thursday 23 February. As the world debates just who will be the next Bond, Sir John Sawers is the real expert On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Given the complexities of security and foreign policy today, he is uniquely placed to throw some light on what goes on behind the scenes in the on-going fight against terrorism at home and abroad. An unmissable lecture.
All are welcome. Entry is free but please book online.

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