Recent Leeds Salon Discussions

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Summer 'Tetley Talks' on Time to Tell & Big Data

A series of talks in partnership with The Tetley

15th & 29th June 2019


What is Neoliberalism?

23 May 2019 - The Carriageworks


Should We Fear Populism?

2 May 2019 - The Carriageworks


Women: A Success Story (film)

In partnership with education charity WORLDwrite

29 March 2019 - The Carriageworks


Autumn 'Tetley Talks': Freedom and the Individual

A series of talks in partnership with The Tetley

17th November & 1st December 2018


What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

A Battle of Ideas satellite event in conjunction with the Academy of Ideas

2 October 2018 - The Carriageworks


China's Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-Cities

29 June 2018 - The Carriageworks


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

16 May 2018 - The Carriageworks


Spring 'Tetley Talks': Culture & Politics

A series of talks in partnership with The Tetley

14 & 28 April 2018


Autumn 'Tetley Talks': From Revolution to Reaction

A series of talks in partnerhisp with The Tetley

18 & 25 November & 2 December 2017


What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

A Battle of Ideas satellite event in conjunction with the Academy of Ideas

19 October 2017 - The Carriageworks


What's the Future of Democratic Politics?

31 May 2017 - The Carriageworks


Can we Manufacture an Economic Renaissance?

11 May 2017 - The Carriageworks


Rise of the Busybody State

12 April 2017 - The Carriageworks


Salons 2016

Does a 'Culture of Conformity' Threaten Academic Freedom?

Brexit: What Next For The UK?

Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Who Benefits from the ‘Vulnerability Zeitgeist’?

What Welfare State Do We Want?

Is 'Rape Culture' a Dangerous Myth?

'Tetley Talks' 2016: Being Cultured to Pop Culture

Is Art Good For You?

Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood


Salons 2015

Multiculturalism and its Discontents

Eleanor Marx: A Life

Tequila Night: Is lad culture really a problem?

Radicalisation & Security

Tea & Cake with Oscar Wilde: A Vagabond in Leeds

Big Data: Big Hope or Big Hype?

'Tetley Talks' 2015: Civilization and its Discontents

Freud and the Repressive Society

Herbert Spencer and the Organic Society

Heidegger and the Rejection of Modernity


Salons 2014

Resilience: The Governance of Complexity

Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

What Does Authority Mean in the 21st Century?

World War I: Origins, and Warnings for the 21st Century

Tequila Night: Has Lad Culture Gone Too Far?

The European Union and the End of Politics

'Tetley Talks' 2014: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Have We Still Got Soul?

Are We Just Another Ape?

Should We Be Happy?

What Happened to Agency?


Salons 2013

Fracking and the Future of Energy

Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

The Leeds 'Summer Salon' on Nietzsche

Who's Afraid of Inequality?

What Is Good Art?

Regulating Relationships


Salons 2012

Unpatriotic History of the Second World War

Autism and Human Variation

Putting Exams to the Test

Surviving Identity: Vulnerability and the Psychology of Recognition

Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity

What Does the Leveson Inquiry Mean for Press Freedom?

Can Cameron Fix ‘Troubled Families’?


Salons 2011

Panic on a Plate: How Society Developed an Eating Disorder

Big Society: A Clean-up for the Charity Sector?

The Olympics, Doping and the Meaning of Sport

Sylvia Pankhurst, Everything is Possible

Should Art be Judged or Measured?

QUANTUM: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality

Valuing the Arts in an Age of Austerity

Claire Fox on the Politics of Happiness

Poetry and the Tyranny of Relevance

The Middle East Uprising: Why now? What next?

What is the future of Leeds?


Salons 2010

The 'Two Cultures' Debate — What now?

Is unfettered growth possible or desirable?

Poetry and the Tyranny of Relevance

The Myth of Racist Kids

Freedom of Expression and the University

Immigration: a tool for social engineering?

In Defence of Poetry

Human Genes and Animal Rights


Salons 2009

What's the Morality Behind Drugs Policy?

The Case Against Vetting

Rethinking Global Politics

Rethinking Freedom in the Age of Health and Safety

Energise! A Future for Energy Innovation

From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy

Global Citizenship in the School Curriculum


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