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Speak Your Mind – Young People’s Mental Health

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 11:00 to 12:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

In Partnership with The Scottish Youth Parliament Did you know that an estimated one in ten children and young people between the age of five and sixteen have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem?  Join our panel including members of the Scottish Youth Parliament; Greg McHugh (pictured), aka Gary Tank Commander; and Dr Trevor Lakey, NHS […]

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The Drugs Don’t Work – Reducing Drugs Damage in Scotland 10 Years On

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with Scotland’s Futures Forum A decade after the Scottish Parliament’s think-tank, Scotland’s Futures Forum published its recommendations to reduce the damage of drugs on our population with plans to tax cannabis, prescribe heroin and provide consumption rooms, how much has changed?  Join Chair Neil Findlay MSP, Convener of the Health and Sport Committee […]

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Harriet Harman MP – A Woman’s Work

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

As one of Britain’s most prominent campaigning politicians, twice deputising as leader of the Labour Party and the country’s longest-serving female MP, Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, has had a distinguished career whilst also bringing women’s issues to the heart of the Labour Party and fighting for equality and respect for all women.  Join […]

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The People’s Voice

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 15:00 to 16:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

A collaborative project from the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde sponsored by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Revolutionary verses, pub songs and marching chants of all political persuasions are frequently the soundtrack to change.   Join our lively debate between Professor Kirstie Blair from University of Strathclyde; and Dr Catriona MacDonald, Dr Michael […]

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George Monbiot – Out of the Wreckage

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 15:30 to 17:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

With his new book, Out of the Wreckage, George Monbiot offers hope and a vision to politically re-engage people in a world of environmental collapse, civic breakdown and anti-politics.  Join George and the Presiding Officer as they discuss a world where politics inspire, advancement doesn’t cost the earth and communities thrive.  Sign up and discover […]

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Just Seventeen – Teenage Relationships

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 16:00 to 17:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe.  While rates are comparatively high, great progress has been made in Scotland to support young people around pregnancy and parenthood, with rates of pregnancy in the under-20s having reduced by 40% in a decade.  Join our panel to discuss inequality, education and healthy […]

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 16:30 to 18:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Twenty years ago, with no tweeting, texting, selfies or snapchats, news came from TV programmes like Newsround.  Nowadays, Generation Z has the world at its fingers and fame just a million clicks away.  But what is the real impact of this virtually connected world?  Join Chair Sheryl Garratt, writer and former editor of The Face […]

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A Rotten Establishment?

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 17:15 to 18:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The pillars of the British Establishment are crumbling beneath us.  Or so the media would have us believe if stories of our failing health, prison, justice and political systems are true.  So are these Victorian pillars of our modern society a lost cause, or can and should we rebuild them?  Join our panel including Fraser […]

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Richard Jobson – The Skids

Date: Friday 20 October

Time: 17:30 to 19:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

As the lead singer of Fife’s legendary punk band The Skids, Richard Jobson graduated from gang member to poet, presenter, cutting-edge film maker and Armani model.  As The Skids celebrate 40 years of punk classics with a UK tour, join Richard in conversation as he discusses growing up in punk rock Scotland and a career in the […]

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A failed revolution for Arab youth?

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 16:00 to 17:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with the Royal Society of Edinburgh   In 2011, a politically engaged Arab youth population demanded political, social and civil liberty – with varying responses. Could the ‘Arab Spring’ have taken place without this mass of under 25-year-olds and who will harness their voices in the future?  Join Chair Professor Alison Phipps OBE […]

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We Are The People – Canon Kenyon Wright Lecture Uffe Elbaek

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 16:30 to 18:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

In memory of Canon Kenyon Wright 1932-2017 Canon Kenyon Wright was someone who devoted his life to helping others and to creating a better society, and who in doing so made an extraordinary contribution to modern Scotland. That commitment to a different society – the refusal to accept “how things are” – characterised Kenyon’s career […]

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Death of the Expert

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 17:00 to 18:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

With Brexit, shock elections and financial crisis; what do so-called experts really know? Do we even need experts when social media can directly validate our views?  Join our panel including Professor Jonathan Portes, King’s College, London; Dr Julia Paul, Queen’s University, Belfast and Professor Sally Mapstone, Principal, University of St Andrews, as they debate the […]

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From Pillar to Post: Communicating Religious Change in 500 Years

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 18:00 to 19:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Five hundred years ago, the Reformation paved the way towards our current freedoms, diversities and rights. The new printing press, the ‘internet’ of its day, allowed for the copying and sharing of Luther’s doctrine across Europe and revolution soon followed.  Join our panel of experts including Professor Alec Ryrie, University of Durham; Professor Andrew Pettegree, […]

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Black History Month 2017

Date: Thursday 19 October

Time: 18:00 to 19:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights To mark Black History Month 2017, come and join our panel of academics and experts to discuss Scotland’s role and the legacy of slavery and colonialism in the acknowledgement of an uncomfortable history.

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The Summer of Love’s Legacy

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:00 to 12:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In 1967, free love, free speech and free spirits were the basis of a counter culture of change.  Amidst the protest, the songs and the politics, critics have slated the culture of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll as self-indulgent and corrupted by the capitalistic materialist society it originally opposed.  Join our panel of celebrants […]

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The Romanovs: Rise and Decline of a Dynasty

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:15 to 12:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In 1917, the Bolsheviks came to power and Tsar Nicholas II lost his reign, freedom and ultimately along with his immediate family, his life.  The brutal execution of the Romanovs concluded a 300-year-old imperial dynasty of absolute power.  Join our panel including Professor Robert Service, historian and author of The Last of the Tsars; and […]

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Evan Davis – The Post-Truth Toolkit

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 11:30 to 13:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Sponsored by The Open University in Scotland   As a broadcaster, Evan Davis has seen and heard it all, from Newsnight to Dragons’ Den and Radio 4’s Today programme. Join Evan in conversation with the Presiding Officer as they discuss his new book, Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do […]

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No Pasaran! – Scots and the Spanish Civil War

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The Spanish Civil War was a call to arms for the 549 Scots who volunteered to fight for The International Brigade on the side of the elected Republican government against General Franco and the fascists.  In this anniversary year, join our panel including Daniel Gray, author of Homage to Caledonia; and Professor Willy Maley, University […]

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics – why investigative journalism matters

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 13:30 to 15:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

No one knows if it was Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli who lamented the opaque nature of falsehood, but today even they would be astonished at what passes for ‘the truth’.  Amid fake news websites and social media panics, we are surrounded by erroneous facts.  So where are the traditional gate-keepers of truth in a […]

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Repetitive Beats – The Rave Revolution

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 14:00 to 15:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

From muddy fields to empty warehouses, rave culture broke class boundaries, racial disparities and melded music genres.  However, amid the glo-sticks and smiley-faces lay ecstasy-related deaths and increasing penalties for trespassing and public disturbance.  Two decades later the rave revolution is a multi-billion pound industry but does its success suppress the original counter-culture ideals?  Join […]

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LGBTI Teen Years

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 14:30 to 16:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Today in Britain the LGBTI community has made huge strides towards equality.  Yet, the Time for Inclusive Education campaign recorded that around 90% of LGBTI youth have experienced homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. So is the world really that different? Join Deputy Presiding Officer Christine Grahame MSP and our panel including musician, Horse McDonald; Holby City […]

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Yes Minister

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 15:00 to 16:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Yes Minister and its follow-up series Yes, Prime Minister featuring the inimitable Rt. Hon Jim Hacker and Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, defined ‘politics’ for a generation.  These adored British sitcoms set in the echelons of Whitehall satirized the relationship between the elected official and the steadfast civil service.  But how true to life was […]

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Lenin’s 21st Century Revolution

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 15:45 to 17:15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Do the revolutionary concepts of the Russian communist, revolutionary, politician and political theorist, Vladimir Lenin, have any significance for a 21st century global capitalist world?  Does Lenin’s theory on politics being concentrated economics still resonate today and can imperial wars ever be supported or the seizing of power justified? Join our panel including Professor Robert […]

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How to Get Rich in the Music Business

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 16:30 to 18:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

The days of six figure advances and exotic studio locations are gone, whilst miniscule streaming payments and ‘label services’ are in.  So what does the future look like for the next generation of music stars?  Join our panel including Bruce Craigie, manager of Idlewild and Fatherson; musician Martha Ffion; and Ronnie Gurr, music business expert […]

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Kenneth Clarke MP – Kind of Blue

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 17:00 to 18:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP is one of the genuine heavyweights of the UK political world with almost 50 years of serving as an MP at the heart of government under three Prime Ministers.  Perceived as being on the left of the Conservative Party, his memorable Brexit speech is a reminder why he remains […]

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Heroes to Zeros – Portrayal of People in Public LIfe

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 17:30 to 19:00

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with the John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow The John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow presents a panel of key opinion formers, including politicians and others in public life who are scrutinised in the press and on social media, examining what this means […]

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