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What is Neoliberalism?

Thursday 23rd May 2019
Carriageworks Theatre, Room 1
Doors Open 6:45pm for 7pm start

This is the second of two panel debates on connected, contemporary issues to mark our 10th anniversary.

What is Neoliberalism? How has it changed from the 1930's to today? And to what extent is it a break from earlier forms of liberalism? In fact, does Neoliberalism even exist as a distinct phase of global capitalism, or is it just a vague term of abuse? 

To discuss neoliberalism we welcome back to Leeds Salon author Phil Mullan, Leeds Bauman Institute's Mark Davis, and York St John's Nikos SotirakopoulosRead more...


Forthcoming Salons  

Summer 'Tetley Talks' on Time & Data

In June, we host our first summer Saturday afternoon talks in partnership with The Tetley on the themes of 'Time & Data':

Saturday 15th June - We welcome author Ronald Green to discuss his new book Time to Tell: a look at how we tick. 

Saturday 29th June - We welcome back broadcaster Timandra Harkness to discuss her book Big Data: does size matter? 

Read full details here.

Copies of Ronald Green's book Time to Tell are availavle to buy at Blackwell's University Bookshop on Woodhouse Lane opposite the University of Leeds' Parkinson Building.




Other News:

Brendan O'Neill has reproduced his opening remarks from the Leeds Salon of 2nd May, 'Should We Fear Populism?' as a Spiked article: The Dangers of Anti-Populism.




Leeds Salon School Debate News:  

Debate Outwood 2019

Thursday 4th July, Leeds Salon will be running the second 'Debate Outwood' Competition at Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield. The competition is an all-day event between years 10&11 pupils (ages 14 to 16 years), and involving six schools from the Outwood Grange Academy Trust chain.

Prize Sponsors include Wakefield-based public sector procurement company YPO, leading law-firm Womble Bond Dickinson, and the Outwood Grange Academies Trust.


Bolton SFC Debating Competition

Thursday 25th April, Leeds Salon ran the first ever Bolton Sixth-Form College Sixth Form Debating Competition. Congratulation to the winners Ashton Sixth-Form College. Congratulation too to Rebecca Parkin of Bolton Sixth-Form College nominated 'Best Individual' by the judges.

And a big thank you to 'Prize Sponsors' leading financial advisers First Actuarial.


Headingley FoI Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2019

The Final of the sixth, annual Years 10&11 Debating Competition took place on Wednesday 20th March at the HEART Centre, Headingley, as part of the Headingley Festival of Ideas - see details.

The Final was between the two north Leeds qualifying round winners Allerton High and Carr Manor, and the  winners of The Tetley competition for south and central Leeds schools, Woodkirk Academy.

Big congratulations to the HFoI Years 10&11 2019 Champions Allerton High School. Congratulations too to Lizzie Snow of Allerton High who won the 'Best Individual' prize, Anandita Ghosh of Woodkirk Academy who won the 'Highly Commended' prize, and Amtul Azeem of Carr Manor who won the 'Commended' prize. Well done too to all who took part in three tough well argued debates, and for all the contributions from the floor.

Thank you to our panel judges: Lindsey Rhodes of Switalskis Solicitors; Nat Edwards of Thackray Medical Museum; Teresa Aksamit-Hollingworth of The University of Law; Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos of York St John University; Paul Butterworth of NHS Digital; and Dan Clayton of Leeds Salon. And thank you to our individual judges: Liz Westmorland of the HFoI and Feona Carmichael of The University of Law. 

And a very big thank you to Event Sponsors leading Yorskhire law firm Switalskis Solicitorsand Prize Sponsors Thackray Medical Museum and The University of Law.


Tetley Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2019

Wednesday 30th January Leeds Salon hosted the fourth debating competition in partnerhisp with The Tetley for years 10&11 pupils for south and central Leeds Schools. This year, regulars Mount St Mary's and Woodkirk Academy were joined by newcomers Outwood Grange Academy - see details

Congratulations winners, Woodkirk Academy, who will go on to compete in the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Final on 20th March against the north Leeds qualifying round winners. Congratulation too Anandita Ghosh of Woodkirk who won the 'Best Individual' prize nominatd by the judges. And well done to Mount St Mary's and Outwood Grange for maknig it such a close, competitive competition. And a big thank you to Sponsors LCF Law




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