After 12pm, Talks & lectures, Politics

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Robert Saunders – Laughable Nations: Parodying the Post-Soviet Republics

An open seminar with Robert A. Saunders, Professor in the Department of History and Political Science at State University of New York – Farmingdale.

Princess Dashkova Russian Centre, Edinburgh

Thu 30 Oct


The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow Lectures

Come listen to ideas fly around at these lectures intended to advance knowledge of arts and sciences.

John Anderson Building, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free donations welcome / 0141 548 3444

V&A Dundee on the new V&A Dundee.

Wed 10 Dec

Free donations welcome / 0141 548 3444

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology on Excavations at the Ness of Brodgar.

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

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 14 Nov


Talks inspired by Tim Windle, professional lobbyist and Alexis Webb, American chronobiologist.

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. There will be food provided and everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table to share. All welcome.

Counting House, Edinburgh

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 667 7533

Talks include ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito and 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes.

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Gavin Baddeley: Likely to Deprave and Corrupt – A Celebration of Three Centuries of Wrongness

Gavin Baddely talks about 1980s video nasties, featuring the most lurid examples of tabloid outrage and censorship.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Wed 12 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01970 623 232

Part of Abertoir.

Glasgow Skeptics

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

West End, Glasgow

Mon 10 Nov


Nate Felps: Leaving Hate Behind. The son of the late Fred Phelps talks about the Westboro Baptist Church, the childhood he spent growing up in it, and how he came to leave his family behind on his 18th birthday. Venue to be confirmed.

Johnny Walker & Mark McKenna: From Video Collecting to Contemporary Cinema

Johnny Walker and Mark McKenna explore the legacy of the 1980s' video nasties.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Fri 14 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01970 623 232

Part of Abertoir.

Martin Barker v The World: The Fight for the Video Nasties

Professor Martin Barker relives his experiences from the 1980s, battling the likes of Mary Whitehouse in defence of horror films.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Thu 13 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 01970 623 232

Part of Abertoir.

Paine, Punch-Ups and Poo

Paine, punch-ups and poo. Well, what more is there to be said? Actually, quite a bit. Philip Nelkon (former National Scrabble Champion and qualified guide) talks politics as he leads a walk around Clerkenwell and Islington.

Farringdon Station, London EC1M

Sat 8 Nov

£9 / 07785 737530

Robert Clough: Labour – A Party Fit For Imperialism

Robert Clough discusses his book, Labour – A Party Fit For Imperialism.

CCA, Glasgow

Sun 9 Nov

Free / 0141 352 4900

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

Best known for his work as a battery powered mechanoid (Kryten) in Red Dwarf, or a scruffy presenter of Scrapheap Challenge, Robert Llewellyn will argue that batteries and electric cars are the key to a very different future.

Black Box, Belfast

Fri 7 Nov

£6 (£3)

The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Whitstable

Sat 29 Nov

£14; £12 adv (£10) / 01227 281174

Saturday Evening Lecture Series

A series of key debates in modern medicine, politics and the environment.

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Sat 1 Nov

Free / 01382 385108

Dundee and its Scientific Firsts

Who Rules the World?

A public meeting organised by Uniting for Peace.

House of Lords, London SW1A

Tue 25 Nov

Free / 020 7790 1999

Please arrive 20 minutes early at St Stephens entrance for security clearance.