The Next Leeds Salon:

Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Date: Wednesday 15 June, 7pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speakers: Jim Butcher, Davina Stanford, Simon Woodward

Tourism used to be seen as an innocent pleasure. However, since the 1990’s there’s been growing criticism of the tourist industry. Mass tourism is deemed to have wrought damage to the environment and host societies. To remedy this, new forms of tourism have developed that proclaim themselves to be ‘ethical’ or ‘responsible; that can help make a positive difference to the world, or at least minimise our negative impact. However, in recent years responsible tourism has also face criticism: as naïve, patronising or about salving guilty Western consciences. So should holidays be solely about enjoyment, or do we have a responsibility to the places we visit to ‘tread lightly’ or even ‘put something back’? Read more...


Battle of Ideas Satellite Event on Academic Freedom

Date: Tuesday 11 October, 7pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speaker: Joanna Williams

Respondents: t.b.c.

The Battle of Ideas is a two day festival of debate organised by the Institute of Ideas, and held at the Barbican, London. This years festival takes place over the weekend of Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 October. For more information and early-bird tickets, visit:

For our annual satellite event for the Battle of Ideas we have invited Joanna Williams, journalist and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity:Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, to discuss the issue of academic freedom, and where the biggest threats to that freedom come from today. More information to follow...



Other Leeds Salon News:

Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

Allerton High SchoolAllerton High School
are the winners of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2016, which is run by The Leeds Salon.

The Final took place on 23rd March at the HEART Centre. And in this, its third year, the three qualifying round winners - Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, Allerton High and Abbey Grange Academy - were joined by Mount St Mary’s Catholic High - the winners of the new Tetley Years 10 & 11 Competition – making it an all-Leeds final for the first time.

Allerton High and Cardinal Heenan won their knock-out debates, on the 'Green Belt' and 'Sugar Levy' against Mount St Mary's and Abbey Grange respectively, to compete in a very close, high quality final debate on 'Genome Editing', in which Allerton High were declared winners for the second year in a row.

The judges also nominated Darragh Kennedy of Cardinal Heenan as 'Best Individual', for being both a great panellist and for asking good questions from the floor. The winning school and Best Individual won copies of Oxford Very Short Introductions from The Leeds Salon, and also tickets from our Prize Sponsors: Hyde Park Picture House and Thackray Medical Museum.

Finally, well done to all the schools that took part in this year's competition - both pupils and teachers. Thank you also to all our judges, who give up their time freely to engage seriously with our debaters on important, contemporary issues. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

See the Final details here.



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