Perhaps the most well-known face in the RSA Green Room this week was former BBC man in Baghdad, Rageh Omaar.
Rageh became a Fellow six months or so ago and revealed to us that the RSA is now like a second home for him in London. Rageh's favourite spot in the House is the Fellows library. One of our best-kept secrets (er, oops - maybe not now!) the library has a fantastic contemporary collection and is an oasis of calm for RSA staff and visitors alike.
In the lively Q&A session following his talk, Rageh was upbeat about current state of multiethnic relations in the UK. Religious tolerance was the theme of Asma Jahangir's RSA Amnesty lecture in Oxford the previous evening. Asma had "started the week" on Radio 4 debating the difficult politics of the West and the Muslim world, post-9/11, with Martin Amis.
Next challenge for the events team - to get Martin Amis into the RSA Green Room... we'll keep you posted on that one!
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