Tetley Spring Talks 2018: Culture & Politics

Leeds Salon hosts its first Spring Talks in partnership with The Tetley arts centre, Leeds.

The talks will look at the contemporay issues around use of and politicisation of art and culture - from cultural policy to cultural appropriation.

The talks takes place on the following Saturday afternoon, between 3pm and 4:45pm, in the second floor City Workshop.


Saturday 14 April - Can Culture Save the City? 

Saturday 28 April - Can Art Survive the Culture Wars?

Click here for full details of Spring Tetley Talks...


Future Salons

Women vs Feminism: Do We Need Liberating from the Gender Wars?

Wednesday 16 May we welcome back Joanna Williams to discuss her new book Women vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars.

Jo will face questions and comment from our ‘critical panel’: the University of Leeds' Professor Sally Hines and the University of Huddersfield's Professor Valerie Bryson – before being opened up to the audience. Read more…


China's Urban Revolution: Undertanding Chinese Eco-Cities

Friday 29 June we will welcome for the first time to Leeds Salon Austin Williams to discuss his new book China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-Cities.

Austin will face questions and comments from our 'critical panel' before discussion is opened up to the audience. Read more...



Leeds Salon School Debate News: 

Headingley FoI Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2018 Final 

Wednesday 21 March Leeds Salon hosted the final of the fifth  debating competition for years 10&11 pupils (ages 14-16 years), in partnerhisp with the Headingley Festival of Ideas.

Congratulations to winners Allerton High School. Commiserations, but well done too to runners-up Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, and finalists Lawnswood School and Woodkirk Academy for making it such a high quality and closely fought final. Congratulations too to the 3 top individual prize winners. See Final details here.

Switalskis Solicitors were once again Event Sponsors for the Final. While the Prize Sponsors for the second year running included the Human Factor and Safety Group at the University of Leeds' Institute for Transport Studies, and the EU Horizon 2020 project EMPOWERThackray Medical Museum also again kindly donated a family ticket as one of the Best Individual prizes.


Tetley Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2018

Thursday 25 January Leeds Salon hosted the third school debating competition in partnerhisp with The Tetley for years 10&11 pupils for south and central Leeds Schools. Congratulaiton to Woodkirk Acedamy for being crowned the 2018 Tetley Champions - who'll now go on to compete in the final of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Final (see below). Commiserations to previous Tetley Champs Mount St Mary's, but well done too to all their team, especially Yaniat Menghisha who the judges nominated 'Best Individual' - see details.

A big thank you too to LCF Law, Leeds, for once again sponsoring the competition. LCF Law have been successfully helping businesses and people in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate & Ilkley solve their legal issues for over 25 years. For more information visit: https://lcf.co.uk/


Debating Matters Yorkshire Championship 2018

On 28 March Leeds Salon partnered with the sixth-form Debating Matters competition to help run their new Yorkshire Championship event. This was one of several DM city and regional championships taking place throughout the UK and in Berlin, and which represents a new format for the competition which has been running since 2003.

As well as helping to chair and judge in the Yorkshire Championship, for the thrd year running, we also presented our own Leeds Salon Individual Prize to the student who we felt best represented the spirit of Enlightenment inquiry by asking lots of good, challenging questions. So congratulation to Lauryn Healey from Barnsley College, who won a signed copy of Joanna Williams' Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge kindly donated by Palgrave Macmillan.






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