Image of young people protesting or marching, used to promote a Knowledge Cafe held by Cumberland Lodge

Are you a London or Cambridge-based student? Join us at the Woolf Institute in Cambridge on 16 May, for a Knowledge Café discussion on the role and responsibility of students and young people in challenging extremist views and confronting the lure of populism.

We will be exploring current challenges against the backdrop of lessons we can learn from the rise of fascism in 1930s Germany, to help generate ideas for promoting greater community solidarity.

Key themes

This free afternoon seminar will draw on content from Moral and Spiritual Dilemmas in Challenging Times, a study guide we developed with the Council of Christians and Jews, to accompany the recently republished 1943 book Darkness over Germany.

Published during World War II, Amy Buller's Darkness over Germany offers a fascinating insight into Nazi leaders and the radicalisation of young Germans in the late 1930s, with real resonance in the 21st century.

It recounts candid conversations that Buller had with people in Germany in the run-up to the World War, on National Socialism and the rise of what Buller came to regard as a false extremist religion.

Challenging Times: Lessons from History Poster


We will use the Knowledge Café method of rotating, small group discussions, led by Cumberland Lodge facilitators.

  • How can we protect ourselves and others from being swept along by populist movements?

  • How can we address tensions between different generations, within our own families or faith communities?

  • How can we meet the needs of young people searching for meaning and purpose?

  • What are the biggest social pressures facing the student population today?

Participants will be sent short excerpts from Darkness over Germany and Moral and Spiritual Dilemmas in Challenging Times in advance, for reference, but you are welcome to just turn up and join in on the day if you prefer.

The event will close with a full group session that draws together all the major themes and ideas emerging from the small group discussions.


Tea and coffee will also be served after the event, from about 4.30.


Places are free, but please reserve your place in advance here.

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Dates and times

From: 16 May 2019 - 3:00pm
To: 16 May 2019 - 5:00pm