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POSTPONED - BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU? April

Thursday 9th June BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU?

Edwina Currie, Bruno Waterfield and Wendy Olsen will open a discussion on leaving or staying in the EU

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BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU?

BREXIT: is it time to exit the EU?

Thursday 9th June, 6:45pm start

Edwina Currie, Bruno Waterfield and Wendy Olsen will open a discussion on leaving or staying in the EU


The gloves are off as the referendum on the EU has been set for 23rd June 2016. There doesn't seem to be any particular Party divide on the issue with prominent personalities from all parties split over the issue. This referendum on independence has the feel of principled politics more than any recent general election.

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Surviving Abuse

Surviving Abuse: Are we all survivors now?

Wednesday 29 June 2016, 6:45pm start

Ken McLaughlin, Barbara Hewson and others will open a discussion on being a 'survivor' today

 

In the wake of the Jimmy Saville scandal and allegations of establishment cover-ups of cases where similar instances of sexual abuse had been committed, there were calls from the media, campaigners and politicians to find out the extent of the problem. High profile police investigations such as Operation Yewtree and Operation Midland were set up to investigate allegations against both individual celebrities and alleged VIP-paedophile rings respectively, with the former leading to the convictions of several high-profile figures such as Rolf Harris, Stuart Hall and Max Clifford. However, there were also accusations of the police acting on flimsy evidence, often on the word of one complainant, into accusations that dated back years if not decades leading to calls for a more considered view before allegations led to arrests.

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The AcademyUniversity as it should be

The Academy 2016

University as it should be: two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas.

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 July 2016, Wyboston Lakes, Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire MK44 3AL

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Academies vs State Schools

Freeing academies and education from politics

Monday 10th October 2016

Joanna Williams and others will open a discussion on tensions between Academic Freedom and demands in education today

 

 

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Battle of Ideas 2016Battle of Ideas

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October

The Battle of Ideas festival, currently being held at the Barbican in London, was initiated by the Institute of Ideas 12 years ago to encourage free thinking and open-ended public discussion, and is supported by a wide range of partners. The Battle of Ideas festival comprises 400 speakers at 75 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. It affords the opportunity for some clear thinking, rational debate and agenda-setting - above all, it's future-orientated, whilst retaining a healthy regard for the past achievements of humanity.

 

Inspired by the Institute of Ideas, the Manchester Salon will hopefully be organising a couple of satellite events as part of this year's Battle of Ideas.

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