What Does it Mean to be Human?

We are delighted to be hosting a series of debates in partnership with The Tetley asking ‘What does it mean to be human?’.

We have invited writers and academics to examine questions around philosophy, biology, culture, and human agency.

The series takes place at The Tetley on the following Saturday afternoons, 3:45pm (for 4pm start) to 5:30pm.

 

Saturday 06 September - Have We Still Got Soul?

Saturday 13 September - Are We Just Another Ape?

Saturday 20 September - Should We Be Happy?

Saturday 27 September - What Happened to Agency?

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What Does Authority Mean in the 21st Century?

Date: Tuesday 9 September 2014

Venue: Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Speaker: Frank Furedi

Respondents: Kim Knott and Jane Rickard

Authority: A Sociological HistoryFor our fifth anniversary event, author and social commentator Frank Furedi to discuss his last book Authority: A Sociological History.

In the 21st Century authority appears to have become “an elusive force”. While the issue and contestation of authority has been a central concern throughout human history, today the very idea of authority seems to be viewed in an almost entirely negative light. While every contemporary scandal or crisis creates a demand for authoritative solutions, this aspiration for authoritative answers seems to coincide with a cultural sensibility that is profoundly suspicious of the exercise of authority. In fact, it appears that we have become far more comfortable questioning than with affirming authority.

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Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

Date: Wednesday 8 October 2014

Venue: Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Speakers: Dave Clements, Anne Danks, (more t.b.c.)

Chair: Justine Brian

As part of the Battle of Ideas 2014 festival of debate, we are hosting a satellite event on the issue of food poverty.

As the economic crisis has made itself felt, increasing numbers of people have resorted to food banks; which many argue is a result of a steep rise in food poverty. But what does the increase in food banks really say about the UK’s economy and society today? Has something changed in our communities that makes some people more open today to accepting charity? And while all seem to agree that food banks don’t solve the problem of poverty, are the proposed solutions any better?

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Resilience: The Governance of Complexity

Date: Monday 17 November 2014

Venue: Millennium Room, Carriageworks Theatre, 6:45pm - 8:30pm

Speaker: David Chandler

Respondents: Katy Wright (more t.b.c.)

Over the last few years, resilience appears to have become the policy 'buzzword' of choice, so much so that it is not unusual to find commentators querying whether resilience can be the solution to a diverse range of governance questions and, if so, how this might work. David Chandler will look at both questions of resilience as a governance agenda, and how resilience-thinking impacts on how politics - both domestically and internationally - is understood to work and how problems are perceived and addressed.

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