Events

Friday 20 October

  • 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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  • Film Screening – End of the Century – The Story of the Ramones (15)

    Date: Friday 20 October

    Time: 19:30 to 21:30

    Cost: £5.00

    There will be a special screening of this 2003 documentary about the highly influential New York punks with a classic po-go pop soundtrack. It is followed by a short panel discussion.

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Saturday 21 October

  • Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister (PG)

    Date: Saturday 21 October

    Time: 19:30 to 20:30

    Cost: Free

    There will be a special screening of one episode each of Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Thursday 19 October

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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