Evening events, Talks & lectures, Current affairs

25 events

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Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach: Arts of Independence

The pair talk about an important – but neglected – aspect of Scotland's bid for independence.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest.

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Art vs Politics: Who's Lying and Who's Telling the Truth?

An exploration of political art and the art of politics in 2014 Scotland.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Fri 23 May

Changing House

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 552 4267

Part of Mayfesto.

  • 19:00

Café Histoire

Talks, in French, about various aspects of French culture, hosted by the Institut Français.

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La tour Eiffel – Learn more about the most visited monument in the world, built in 1889 in celebration of the Exposition Universelle.

  • 17:30

Mon 2 Jun

£8 (£5) / 0131 225 5366

La libération de la France – Delve into the history of 6 June 1944 – D-day – and the two sides of a divided France: Général De Gaulle calling for resistance and Maréchal Pétain collaborating with Hitler.

  • 17:30

Cafe Controversial: GM Crops – Raking up the Facts

Get the science behind the headlines with this look at genetically modified foods from the experts.

Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen

Tue 22 Apr

Free / 01224 640340

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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Can Radical Compassion Win the War Against Violent Extremism?

Sharing their own experiences of moving away from extremism, Tony McAleer – a former white supremacist and former organiser of the White Aryan Resistance in Canada – speaks alongside Hadiya Masieh, a former female Islamic extremist who was recruited by Hizb ut-Tahrir radicals, until the 7/7 bombings changed her perspective.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 28 Apr

£11 / 020 7496 1610

Christina Schmid: Overcoming Adversity

Schmid, whose husband was killed in action attempting to defuse a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, talks about her campaign for servicemen and women to be recognised for their work, as well as her book, Always by My Side.

Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

Wed 25 Jun

£10 / 02392 828282

  • 18:00

Conversation with Samuel Pisar

A discussion about the narration of Bernstein's Kaddish symphony.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Do Not Adjust Your Stage Presents: The Wunderkammer

Improv group Do Not Adjust Your Stage and guests present an monthly evening that's half comedy show, half Ted talk, with a different theme each time. BYOB!

The Nursery Theatre, London SE1

Fri 9 May

Fri 13 Jun

Fri 11 Jul

Do You Need God to Forgive?

Exploring what forgiveness means to different faiths with Usama Hasan, a London-based Imam, Catherine Pepinster who edits the weekly Catholic Newspaper The Tablet and Jonathan Wittenberg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 19 May

£11 / 020 7496 1610

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Edinburgh Ragged University Talks

Talks on a variety of themes organised by the Ragged University, promoting the message that learning is much more palatable when served up with a nice cold pint. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 8 May

Free / 0131 667 7533

Tonight's talks are 'Urban Fox: Memoirs of an Edinburgh Poacher' by Bob Redwater and 'The Placebo Effect' by Derek Howden.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Thu 12 Jun

Free / 0131 667 7533

Today, it's 'The Psychology of Relationships' by Ray Miller and 'On a New Understanding of the Nature of Human Beings' by Ciaran Healy.

  • 19:00 – 22:00

Flying the Flag for the Union? Scotland 2014: Yes or No, What Happens Next?

Murray Pittock examines the gaps in Britain's cultural memory and the competing national memories within the UK.

University of Glasgow

Tue 10 Jun

Fred Pearce: The Landgrabbers – The Fight Over Who Controls the Earth

A discussion about the issue of land acquisition.

Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries

Wed 23 Apr

£8 (Free) / 01387 702020

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Generation Whine – You've Got It Good!

Panel debate on whether young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history or are they simply 'generation whine'.

British Museum, London WC1B

Tue 17 Jun

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7961 0044

The Gifford Lecture Series

Lectures that look at the study of Natural Theology in broad terms, with the goal to advance modern theological thought. This year's theme is 'Givenness and Revelation'. Booking is essential.

University of Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'The aporia of revelation: The epistemological interpretation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 21 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Understanding revelation: A phenomenological reappropriation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Christ as saturated phenomenon: The Icon of the invisible'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Trinity as a logic of manifestation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30
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How British Is Scotland? Lecture Series

A series of lectures, from different perspectives, that examine Scotland's political, cultural and social landscape in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland' with Ewan Campbell and Stephen Driscoll.

Tue 20 May

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland: Celtic Perspectives on Multiculturalism' with Thomas Owen Clancy.

Iain Macwhirter: The Road to Referendum

The political columnist presents his new book, a companion to the three-part television series of the same name.

The Glad Café, Glasgow

Fri 2 May

Over-18s only

£10 / 0141 636 6119

  • 19:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

£10 (£8) / 0845 874 3001

  • 19:00

Just Say Naw! An Evening with George Galloway

George Galloway, MP for Bradford West and previous housemate in Celebrity Big Brother, puts forward his case for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Mon 19 May

£11 / 01224 641122

  • 19:30

Look How Far We've Come: Getting Racism Back on the Agenda? Conference

A conference on the current state of racism in Britain, which follows a book and DVD under the Look How Far We've Come programme.

Abbey Centre, London SW1P

Thu 8 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7222 0303

Nerd Nite London

Several speakers give fun yet informative talks lasting 18–20 minutes each.

Paper Dress Vintage, London EC2A

Wed 21 May

£5–£6 Early nerd tickets available before the event

Wed 16 Jul

£5–£6 Early nerd tickets available before the event

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PechaKucha Nights

Nights of discussion in the PechaKucha format – speakers get to show 20 slides for 20 seconds each – on any topic in the world.

Whynot?, North Berwick

Fri 2 May

£3 / 07701 097817

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Scotland in the Soft Power Era

Discussion featuring Professor Chris Breward, Vice Principal Creative Industries and Performing Arts, Professor Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics and Professor John Holden, cultural relations expert.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 28 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Scottish Independence Referendum Q&A with Alistair Carmichael

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael hosts this Q&A focusing on issues surrounding Scotland's constitutional future and the September referendum.

Murrayfield Parish Church, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 244 9066

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Stop the Traffic: Is Prevention Possible?

As the trafficking of people makes headlines, Stop the Traffik and JustShare discuss what prevention is happening and whether a real-world difference is in fact being made for those who suffer trafficking.

St Mary-Le-Bow Church, London EC2V

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 020 7248 5139

  • 18:00 – 19:00

What Happens When Unresolved Trauma is Allowed to Fester Between Generations?

Panel discussion with Alexandra Asseily, founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Oxford, Dr Duncan Morrow, Director of Community Engagement and political lecturer at the University of Ulster and Jean Paul Samputu, a musician and peace activist whose family were killed in the Rwandan genocide.

St Ethelburga's, London EC2N

Mon 16 Jun

£11 / 020 7496 1610