Evening events, Talks & lectures, Current affairs

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The Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP Public Lecture

A keynote lecture from former First Minister, Alex Salmond, in which he talks about his time as First Minister, the Independence Referendum and the upcoming General Election.

University of Glasgow

Tue 21 Apr

Free (booking required) / 0141 330 5511

Spectator Debate: Politicians should leave the wealthy alone

Join The Spectator for a debate on wealth and politics, chaired by Andrew Neil. While the rich get even richer, low and middle income households are feeling the pinch. Are wealth taxes – such as the 'mansion tax' or the 50p tax – the answer? Or is it economically counterproductive to squeeze the rich? In a globalised…

Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London EC2Y

Wed 22 Apr

£22 (Spectator subscribers £19) / 020 7638 8891

Charlie Klendjian: Do humanists need to be more outspoken on Islam and sharia?

Charlie Klendjian, Secretary of the Lawyers’ Secular Society, discusses the work of the LSS.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Wed 22 Apr

Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub

An informal event held on the third Thursday every month where a guest speaker gives a talk, with Q&A. Everyone welcome.

The Vines, Liverpool

Thu 21 May

Free Donations welcome

Thu 18 Jun

Free Donations welcome

Thu 16 Jul

Free Donations welcome

…and 4 more dates until 19 Nov

Beshara Lecture: Reflections on the Impact of an Integral Perspective

Lecture exploring recent ideas proposed by thinkers including Ken Wilber, Michael Murphy, Sri Aurobindo, and others.

Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 10 May

Donations welcome / 0131 667 5438

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Café Histoire

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

Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 20 Apr

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

La "Révolution" Industrielle: The term “Révolution Industrielle” is attributed to the economist Adolph Blanqui (1798-1854) who describes it as a '19th century historical process that makes an agrarian hand-crafted society evolves towards an industrial and commercial society'. It marks a major turning point in history, including in France, but can we truly speak about a new 'révolution'? Talk in French by Patrick Landri.

  • 17:30 – 19:00 Café Histoire Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 11 May

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

Proclaimed by Alphonse de Lamartine on February 24th 1848, the French Second Republic starts officially after its Constitution is voted on November 4th 1848. This regime has 3 characteristics: It is short. It is the first to institute the universal manhood suffrage. And it definitely abolishes slavery. From December 1848, there a newPresident at the head of state: Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. Talk in French by Patrick Landri

  • 17:30 – 19:00 Café Histoire Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Mon 8 Jun

£8 (Members £5) / 0131 225 5366

The “épuration” (French legal purge) is probably one of the most polemical subjects in French History. It affected every single class of French society. The French historian Jacques Marseille used to say: “To all those still condemning the so-called “résistancialisme” and screaming against the lack of justice during the purge, let me remind you that equity and reason didn’t have their place in these circumstances”. Patrick Landri revisits this very dark episode of French History. Talk in French by Patrick Landri

  • 17:30 – 19:00 Café Histoire Institut Français d'Ecosse, Edinburgh

Carole Hillenbrand: Islam – A New Historical Introduction

An introduction to Islam and its history.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Tue 21 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Caroline Criado-Perez: Do It Like a Woman

The woman who took on the Bank of England, Twitter and the criminal justice system reads from her book Do it Like a Woman.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mon 20 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Criminal Justice Policy Review: The Coalition Years & The Scottish Dimension

A conference on the Lib-Con coalition's criminal justice policy and the extent to which it has impacted on Scotland.

The Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Apr

Free

Denzil Meyrick, Mari Hannah & RJ Mitchell: Inside Job – Police and Probation Officers Turn to Crime

Discussion featuring a selection of crime writers who have all worked within the British justice system. Chaired by Mason Cross.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Wed 22 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

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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!

Natural History Museum, London SW7

Fri 24 Apr

£12 (Members £10.80) / 020 7942 5000/5011

£12 (members £10.80) / 020 7942 5000/5011

Does Aid Work?

A lecture from the Rt Hon Clare Short on aid.

All Hallows By The Tower Church, London EC3R

Mon 27 Apr

Free / 020 7481 2928

  • 18:00 – 19:00 Does Aid Work? All Hallows By The Tower Church, London

InnovationNation Lectures

A series of events showcasing some of Scotland’s leading innovators in science, technology, business and the arts.

EICC, Edinburgh

Thu 21 May

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationBody. Professor Margaret Frame and Professor Catherine Geissler deliver the intriguing keynote addresses.

Mon 22 Jun

Free / 0131 300 3000

InnovationTechnology. Chris Forrest and Professor Harald Haas deliver the keynote addresses.

Manchester Ragged University Talks

The Ragged University serves up a slice of academia with the opportunity to wash down all that new knowledge with a icy cold pint. Different speakers each time; all welcome.

Gullivers, Manchester

Mon 20 Apr

'The British Experimental Novelists of the 1960s; A Forgotten Avant Garde' by Joseph Darlington, plus 'The Countercultural Imperative; From Lebensreform to the Kibbo Kift (1890-1930)' by Anne Fernie

Oggy Boytchev: Simpson and I

The TV producer spills the beans on what it's really like to set off into a war zone with distinguished BBC news correspondent John Simpson.

Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Mon 20 Apr

£9 / 0141 287 2999

Part of Aye Write!.

Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham

Sun 3 May

£7 ( £5) / 01434 652477

Powering the Future – Let's Talk About It

A discussion on the challenges facing us in the field of energy production.

Glasgow Science Centre

Tue 5 May

Free / 0141 420 5000

Turning the Tide: Coastal Communities and Conservation

Earthwatch scientists talk about the conversation of tropical coastlines.

Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), London SW7

Thu 14 May

Free / 020 7591 3000

Why All That's Happening in the World Today is Happening

A talk and mediation is happening, in order to try to find out why everything that is happening in the world is happening.

Inner Space Glasgow Meditation Centre

Thu 14 May

Free / 0141 552 7446