DEMOCRACY, DATA & ELECTION SCANDALS: HOW DO WE RESPOND?
Apr
24
6:30 PM18:30

DEMOCRACY, DATA & ELECTION SCANDALS: HOW DO WE RESPOND?

FREE - Please book

In association with The Crick Centre & The University of Sheffield

Digital campaigning is now normal, but recent elections have resulted in scandal. This event brings together Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni, the author of the recent Electoral Reform Society report Reining in the Political ‘Wild West’: Campaign Rules for the 21st Century and Dr Kate Dommett (University of Sheffield) to explore the implications of online campaigning trends for democracy.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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THE LIFE, WORK & LEGACY OF HARRY LESLIE SMITH: IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LESLIE SMITH
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

THE LIFE, WORK & LEGACY OF HARRY LESLIE SMITH: IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN LESLIE SMITH

Tickets - £2

Barnsley-born Harry Leslie Smith had a tremendous impact through his writing and media appearances. His last book before his death Harry’s Last Stand achieved critical acclaim. His son John Leslie Smith joins Festival of Debate in conversation with LEP Board Member and Doctoral Researcher Laura IH Bennett to discuss the life, works and legacy of his father.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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GUY STANDING: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
Apr
30
6:30 PM18:30

GUY STANDING: UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

Tickets -£5

In association with UBI Lab Sheffield

Guy Standing is co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network and economic advisor to John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, who has been leading a working group exploring the feasibility of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the UK on behalf of the Labour Party. Standing presents his ndings, along with details from his 2017 book, Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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RICHARD WILKINSON: THE INNER LEVEL
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

RICHARD WILKINSON: THE INNER LEVEL

  • The Diamond LT2, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Cohesion Sheffield & The Research Institute for Healthy Lifespan

The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett has had a huge effect on how we look at inequality since it was published in 2009, showing how more equal societies ‘almost always do better’. 2018’s follow up, The Inner Level, looks at how inequality affects individuals. A talk from Wilkinson, chaired by Prof. Alan Walker (University of Sheffield).

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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TEFLON TRUMP’S TOXIC TACTICS: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

TEFLON TRUMP’S TOXIC TACTICS: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP

  • Council Room, Firth Court, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Cohesion Sheffield & The University of Sheffield

How can we understand the appeal of authoritarian populist leaders? How do the likes of Orbán, Erdogan and Trump survive gaffes and revelations? Professor of Psychology at St. Andrews University, Stephen Reicher outlines a new approach to the psychology of leadership and its links with democracy. Introduced by Dr Kristin Hildenbrand, lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Sheffield.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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AFUA HIRSCH: BRIT(ISH) - ON RACE, IDENTITY AND BELONGING
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

AFUA HIRSCH: BRIT(ISH) - ON RACE, IDENTITY AND BELONGING

  • SU Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £5/£3

In association with Our Mel, The University of Sheffield BAME Staff Network & BME Students Committee

Join Afua Hirsch for a discussion of her Sunday Times bestseller. Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It’s about the everyday racism that plagues British society and our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. Chaired by Desiree Reynolds, journalist, author and trustee of Racial Justice Network.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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GEORGE MONBIOT & GEORGE MARSHALL: HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

GEORGE MONBIOT & GEORGE MARSHALL: HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE

  • SU Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £13/£10

In association with Sheffield Climate Alliance

A discussion between two passionate and knowledgeable climate communicators, with a chance for the audience to join the conversation.

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. His latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for An Age of Crisis. George co-wrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan. His TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed over 40m times.

George Marshall has 30 years’ experience at all levels of communications and advocacy – from community level protest movements, to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation, to advisory roles for governments, businesses and international agencies. He is an award-winning documentary maker and writes regularly on climate change issues, including articles for The Guardian, The New Statesman, New Scientist and The Ecologist. George has written two books: Carbon Detox, which addresses personal behaviour, and Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, written for a general public audience on the psychology of climate change.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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JAMES O’BRIEN: HOW TO BE RIGHT
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

JAMES O’BRIEN: HOW TO BE RIGHT

  • Pennine Lecture Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £12/£10

The age of politely agreeing to disagree is over. In How To Be Right, James O’Brien, the star broadcaster – with a million weekly listeners to his LBC show – viral YouTube debater, national columnist and podcast sensation, shows how to be right in a world gone wrong. James won the 2017 Broadcaster of the Year award at the British Press Guild Awards.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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ROGER McGOUGH & STAN SKINNY
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

ROGER McGOUGH & STAN SKINNY

Tickets - £15

Part of Sheaf Poetry Festival

Roger McGough is the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry’ (Carol Ann Duffy). Exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life, to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark, but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE

Tickets - £16.80-£30.80

In association with Sheffield City Hall

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a phenomenon, with over 50 million downloads since its launch in 2015. Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st-century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals. Deborah will be joined by a range of guests from the podcast for a celebration of how far we’ve come and a conversation about what remains to be done.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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STEVE SILBERMAN: NEUROTRIBES
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

STEVE SILBERMAN: NEUROTRIBES

  • Charles St Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £5

In association with MisTÂûght & Healthwatch Sheffield

Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism & Future of Neurodiversity, discusses his work with MisTÂûght founder Melissa Simmonds. Silberman’s book won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2015 and is considered essential reading for those interested in the topic.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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PAUL MASON - CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE: A RADICAL DEFENCE OF THE HUMAN BEING
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

PAUL MASON - CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE: A RADICAL DEFENCE OF THE HUMAN BEING

Tickets - £10/£8

In partnership with Off The Shelf Festival of Words

A call for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control. ‘A radical defence of the human being’ means fighting for universal rights, for human- centric institutions, and for the right to resist control of our lives by algorithms. Paul Mason is a journalist, broadcaster and author, whose books include PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future and Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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JULIA UNWIN: POWER IN OUR HANDS?
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

JULIA UNWIN: POWER IN OUR HANDS?

Pay As You Feel - Please book

In association with Voluntary Action Sheffield

'Neither the market nor the state alone can re-thread our social fabric, rebuild our democracy and respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing age. We must be at the heart of it. We must lead the way.’ Julia Unwin CBE, Chair of Civil Society Futures and former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, continues a collaborative series of much-needed conversations around civic action and civil society.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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