After 12pm, Talks & lectures, Politics

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5x15

Hosted by 5x15 Five speakers, 15 minutes, one high-octane evening of enlightening, and inspirational spoken word cabaret. Join 5x15 for their signature event, bringing speakers from diverse backgrounds to reveal their most innovative ideas and abiding passions. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Fri 8 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Artist as Activist: The Relationship between Art and Social Change

Chandragupta Thenuwara and Neil Butler discuss their life and work in context of activism through art.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

Free / 0131 560 1581

An Audience with Peter Hain

A talk by Peter Hain, MP and author.

Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

Wed 19 Nov

£11–£15 (£9–£13) / 028 9034 0202

  • 19:45 – 22:00

BBC: Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme, in Edinburgh for cutting-edge debate, conversation and interviews about the ideas shaping our lives today. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is a…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: Newsnight

BBC Two Join Kirsty Wark for a live broadcast as a panel of leading cultural figures select a winner from our competition to find the best Scottish Referendum themed performance. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Building Peace in Lebanon

Lebanon is home to most refugees fleeing Syria. Refugee families are scattered in makeshift shelters and abandoned buildings. With resources at breaking point, political and cultural tensions high, a young population without a clear future, and tensions among communities exacerbated…what next?

The Nomads Tent, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 662 1612

Part of just Festival.

Chris Mullin

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Chris Mullin – ex government minister, investigative journalist, and best-selling diarist – talks to Chris Carter about the issues of press regulation and ownership in the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Tue 19 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Colin Waugh: Plebs League

Author Colin Waugh discusses independent working class education and the trade unionists in Oxford who went to battle for it 100 years ago.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

  • 13:00

Colombia: Reclaiming the Children of War

Children in Colombia suffer serious violations from recruitment and exploitation by armed forces, including death, sexual violence, kidnapping, and attacks against schools. Despite efforts towards peace, recruitment of children has increased. What hope for them? Come and hear their story.

St John's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh

Sun 17 Aug

Free / 0131 229 7565

Part of just 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 8 Aug

£8 (£6)

  • 19:30 – 22:00
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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.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

0131 242 8100

Today's talks are ‘Plebs: the Ruskin College Strike of 1909' by Colin Waugh and 'Left for the Rising Sun. Right for Swan Hunter. The Plebs League in the North East of England 1908/1926' by Robert Clive Turnbull.

  • 19:00

Fragments and Living Monuments: Spotlight on Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)

Learn more about the life and work of Mary Wollstonecraft at this informal research talk. Dr Anna Birch, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Dr Susan Manly, University of Saint Andrews, present. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Women's Library

Fri 8 Aug

Free / 0141 550 2267

Gavin Esler

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Gavin Esler is an award-winning BBC broadcaster, journalist and author, and Chancellor of the University of Kent. Chris Carter talks to him about the implications of the public's loss of trust in many key institutions. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Sun 17 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 11 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Geoengineering – Human Innovation, or Hubris?' with Colin McInnes, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Strathclyde.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 18 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'Create Your Own Cult, The Scientology Way' with Dr Martin Poulter, who has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995. (You probably won't be creating an actual cult this evening though, just FYI). Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Mon 25 Aug

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'The Decline of Violence', looking at criminologists' cataclysmic warnings in the 80s/90s of a future filled with ‘Superpredators’ – and how wrong they were. Lawyer Helen Dale presents.

  • 19:00 – 21:30
…and 4 more dates until 22 Sep

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.

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema, Inverness

Thu 21 Aug

£7 (£6) / 01463 234234

Interviewed by journalist and novelist Catherine Deveney. Part of Inverness Book Festival.

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Occupy: Heathwood, Critical Theory and Radical Democracy

A series of public talks examining Occupy-style politics, from the mighty minds of the Edinburgh Book Fringe.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

  • 13:00

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

  • 18:00

Thu 14 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

  • 18:00

Fri 15 Aug

Free / 0131 662 9112

Part of Edinburgh Book Fringe.

  • 18:00

Peter Jay

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Peter Jay, once described as ‘Britain’s cleverest young man’ held key positions at The Times, LWT, TVAM, the BBC, and served as British Ambassador to Washington. Renowned as a leading media thinker/strategist, he talks to Chris Carter. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Wed 20 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Polly Toynbee

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Polly Toynbee, a Guardian columnist, is one of the most influential social democratic thinkers in Britain. Chris Carter will talk to Polly about the affirmative role of effective social affairs and political journalism. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Sat 23 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Ray Perman

Business School @ The Fringe: The Media Series Ray Perman is a well-known journalist and author of Hubris, the seminal account of the collapse of the Bank of Scotland. He talks to Chris Carter about the possibilities of financial journalism. Age category: 12+

University of Edinburgh Business School

Mon 18 Aug

Business School Auditorium

Free

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Robert Lewellyn: Electric Cars Are Rubbish. Aren't They?

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms Environmentally friendly? Sustainable? More like greenie hogwash! Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn suggests we take off our Clarkson ear muffs and hear a different take. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Thu 7 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sunday Herald and Bloody Scotland Independence Debate

The referendum will have been and gone by the time Bloody Scotland takes place, so a panel, including William McIlvanney and Tom Devine, discuss the result and what is next for the country.

Albert Halls, Stirling

Sat 20 Sep

£9.50 (£8.50) / 01786 473544

Part of Bloody Scotland.

  • 15:15 – 16:45