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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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)
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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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GEORGE MARSHALL & MINA JAFF (XR): HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

GEORGE MARSHALL & MINA JAFF (XR): HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE

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

**PLEASE NOTE**

We are very sorry to announce that, due to undergoing a major operation in early May, George Monbiot will no longer be able to attend Festival of Debate on 16th May. We are disappointed, but of course we wish George all the best for a quick and full recovery after his surgery.

The event will continue as a conversation between George Marshall and Mina Jaff, climate activist and Northern Co-ordinator for Extinction Rebellion, followed by Q&A and audience discussion. The topic will remain 'How To Break the Silence on Environmental Collapse'.

George Monbiot asked us to pass on the following message to ticketholders:

“George Marshall is one of the most interesting people alive, buzzing with new ideas and perspective on how to address our existential crises. Bringing his thinking together with the thrilling work of Extinction Rebellion promises to make this a great event.

"I'm extremely sorry to have to cancel at such short notice - I'll be recovering from major surgery following post-surgical complications."

We very much hope you will still attend what looks to be a lively and informed discussion about activism and communication in the face of climate collapse.

However, if you would prefer to request a refund then please contact the box office you bought your tickets from as soon as possible - either Tickets For Good (info@ticketsforgood.co.uk) or the SU Box Office (boxoffice@sheffield.ac.uk).

Festival of Debate is not able to issue refunds, so please do not email us to request one.

We hope to see you on 16th May,

Festival of Debate team

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A discussion between two passionate and knowledgeable climate communicators, with a chance for the audience to join the conversation. George Marshall is the founder of Climate Outreach and author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore 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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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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CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN: MUSIC & DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE ACTION
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN: MUSIC & DISCUSSION ON CLIMATE ACTION

Tickets - £6/£5

Music, talk and audience dialogue in response to the climate crisis, featuring specially-composed piano pieces performed by Lola Perrin in collaboration with guest speaker Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want).

The first date on Lola Perrin’s End Climate Chaos Northern tour.

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

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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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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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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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