The Next Leeds Salon:

Does a 'Culture of Conformity' Threaten Academic Freedom?

Tuesday 11 October, 7pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room

Speaker: Joanna Williams

Respondents: t.b.c.

For our annual satellite event for the Battle of Ideas we have invited Joanna Williams, journalist and author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity:Confronting the Fear of Knowledge, to discuss the issue of academic freedom, and where the biggest threats to that freedom come from today. Read more...



Tetley Talks: From Being Cultured to Pop Culture

The TetleyThe Leeds Salon is hosting it's third series of talks in partnership with The Tetley, to take place on consecutive Saturday afternoons, 4pm to 5:30pm.

This year's 'Tetley Talks' look at high art and pop culture. On Saturday 19 November Angus Kennedy, author of Being Cultured: In Defence of Discrimintion, will ask: 'Is art good for us?' While on Saturday 26 November Andrew Calcutt, author of Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood, will question how liberating the counter-culture really was. Full details to follow.



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Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition

Allerton High SchoolAllerton High School
are the winners of the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2016, which is run by The Leeds Salon.

The Final took place on 23rd March at the HEART Centre. And in this, its third year, the three qualifying round winners - Cardinal Heenan Catholic High, Allerton High and Abbey Grange Academy - were joined by Mount St Mary’s Catholic High - the winners of the new Tetley Years 10 & 11 Competition – making it an all-Leeds final for the first time.

Allerton High and Cardinal Heenan won their knock-out debates, on the 'Green Belt' and 'Sugar Levy' against Mount St Mary's and Abbey Grange respectively, to compete in a very close, high quality final debate on 'Genome Editing', in which Allerton High were declared winners for the second year in a row.

The judges also nominated Darragh Kennedy of Cardinal Heenan as 'Best Individual', for being both a great panellist and for asking good questions from the floor. The winning school and Best Individual won copies of Oxford Very Short Introductions from The Leeds Salon, and also tickets from our Prize Sponsors: Hyde Park Picture House and Thackray Medical Museum.

Finally, well done to all the schools that took part in this year's competition - both pupils and teachers. Thank you also to all our judges, who give up their time freely to engage seriously with our debaters on important, contemporary issues. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

See the Final details here.



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