Saturday 21 October

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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Das Kapital: Karl Marx Lecture with Professor Gareth Stedman Jones

Date: Saturday 21 October

Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with The British Academy In 1867, Karl Marx published his world-changing magnum opus, Das Kapital.  Join our lecture by revered British historian and Professor of the History of Ideas, Queen Mary, University of London, Professor Gareth Stedman Jones, author of Karl Marx: Greatness and Illusion, a book hailed as “the definitive biography of […]

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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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