Evening events, Talks & lectures, Politics

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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

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 FRee but ticketed / 0131 244 9066

  • 19:30 – 21:00

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

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

Gregory Elliott: An Enduring Passion – Eric Hobsbawm and Karl Marx

The Marx Memorial Lecture is given by Gregory Elliot, analysing the scholarly record Eric Hobsbawm created, which chronicled history from the French Revolution to the fall of Soviet Communism. Both Hobsbawm and Karl Marx are buried at Highgate.

Highgate Cemetery, London N6

Tue 13 May

Chapel

£7 / 020 8340 1834

  • 19:30 – 21:00
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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

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.

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

British Academy Big Debate: The Best Years of our Lives? Body, Brain and Well-Being

Debate on the true effects of ageing on the brain and body, and whether we should rethink what older people are capable of. The panel includes Professor Ian Deary (University of Edinburgh), Professor Catharine Ward Thompson (University of Edinburgh), Sally Magnusson (BBC Scotland) and Professor James Goodwin (Age UK).

The Mound, Edinburgh

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 020 7969 5200

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

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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

Gerry Hassan: Caledonian Dreaming

Dundee-born writer, commentator and thinker Hassan gears up for the referendum with his examination of the state of contemporary Scotland, Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland.

Blackwell's, Edinburgh

Wed 7 May

Free / 0131 622 8222

Part of TradFest.

Word Power Bookshop, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

Free / 0131 662 9112

  • 18:30

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 Martin: Making It Happen

The author discusses the RBS disaster, as detailed in his book Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£2 / 0131 226 2666

  • 18:00

Independence Is the Greatest Threat to Edinburgh

The Spectator hosts a debate on what an independent Scotland would mean for Edinburgh.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 24 Jun

£19 (Spectator subscribers £17) / 020 7961 0044

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

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

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