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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 1 May 7:00pm start

Tuesday 5th June: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news.

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The AcademyThe Academy 2018, 21-22 July

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

The Institute of Ideas Academy has been running since 2011. Bringing together a wide range of people of all ages and educational backgrounds, The Academy is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship in itself in today’s climate of instrumental approaches to knowledge, the use of universities as social-engineering battering rams and the incessant demands to show value for money.

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Battle of Ideas 2018Battle of Ideas

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October

The Battle of Ideas festival, currently being held at the Barbican in London, was initiated by the Institute of Ideas 13 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.

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Swearing in public

Are we failing the elderly

May 2018

Dave Clements will introduce this issue along with..

Managerial bureaucracy has no place in elderly care. The Conservative Party might want to forget the ‘dementia tax’ debacle that haunted its General Election campaign, and marked the beginning of the end of its parliamentary majority. But the social-care crisis is not going away. An ageing population, rising costs (as providers are forced to pay care workers the National Living Wage), and cuts to local authority funding (estimated at £824million in England in 2017/18), are putting 12 per cent of the UK’s care homes at serious risk of going bankrupt, according to the latest research.

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