Welcome to the Leeds Salon

The Leeds Salon is a public discussion forum founded in February 2009. The Salon organises discussions around political, cultural and scientific issues, with the aim of challenging any orthodoxies along the way, defending and developing the legacy of the Enlightenment and, above all, providing a space where free speech can take place. Find out more.

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Thursday 17 October 2019

China: New Global Power?

A satellite event for the Battle of Ideas 2019* October marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. Then, Mao Zedong freed China from colonial rule, aiming to develop the country as a modern and independent nation. However, it’s only since Mao’s death in 1976 that China has moved from backward peasant economy to modern capitalist power – the world’s largest trading nation, and a major […]

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Sunday 17 November 2019

Friedrich Nietzsche: The Death of God and its Consequences

The first of two autumn 2019 ‘Tetley Talks’ examining the ideas of two controversial thinkers – one past, one present Friedrich Nietzsche is one of most influential post-Enlightenment Western philosophers, whose writings have had a lasting and controversial legacy. Among those who have found inspiration in his works include: fascists, anarchists, nihilists, socialists, feminists, artists, devotees of physical culture, and arch-conservatives. Yet his philosophy has […]

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Saturday 30 November 2019

The Jordan Peterson Phenomenon

The second of two autumn 2019 ‘Tetley Talks’ examining the ideas of two controversial thinkers – one past, one present Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at Toronto University and author of the best seller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, seems to be loved and loathed in equal measure. Seen by some as a defender of free speech, science and reason, Peterson first […]

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salon & school debating news

Debate Outwood

Debate Outwood 2019

Thursday 4th July, Leeds Salon ran the second ever “Debate Outwood” Competition at Outwood Grange Academy, Wakefield, for Years 10&11 pupils (ages 14 to 16 years) from six schools in the Outwood Grange Academy Trust chain.

Congratulation Outwood Academy Freeston who were declared champions, and to all the other school which took part. Congratulation also to Thomas Smith, of Outwood Academy Shafton, nominated ‘Best Individual’ by the judges.

Prize Sponsors included Wakefield-based public sector procurement company YPO, leading law-firm Womble Bond Dickinson, and the Outwood Grange Academies Trust.

Bolton SFC Debating Competition

Thursday 25th April, Leeds Salon ran the first ever Bolton Sixth-Form College Sixth Form Debating Competition. Congratulation to the winners Ashton Sixth-Form College. Congratulation too to Rebecca Parkin of Bolton Sixth-Form College nominated ‘Best Individual’ by the judges.

And a big thank you to ‘Prize Sponsors’ leading financial advisers First Actuarial.

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Headingley FoI Years 10&11 Debating Competition 2019

The Final of the sixth, annual Years 10&11 Debating Competition took place on Wednesday 20th March at the HEART Centre, Headingley, as part of the Headingley Festival of Ideas.

The two north Leeds qualifying round winners, Allerton High and Carr Manor, and the  winners of The Tetley competition for south and central Leeds schools, Woodkirk Academy, competed to be crowned HFoI Champions for 2019..

Big congratulations to winners Allerton High School. Congratulations too to Lizzie Snow of Allerton High who won the ‘Best Individual’ prize, Anandita Ghosh of Woodkirk Academy who won the ‘Highly Commended’ prize, and Amtul Azeem of Carr Manor who won the ‘Commended’ prize. Well done too to all who took part in three tough well argued debates, and for all the contributions from the floor.

And a big thank you to Event Sponsors leading Yorskhire law firm Switalskis Solicitorsand Prize Sponsors Thackray Medical Museum and The University of Law

The Tetley Years 10&11 Competition 2019

Wednesday 30th January Leeds Salon hosted the fourth debating competition in partnerhisp with The Tetley for years 10&11 pupils for south and central Leeds Schools. This year, regulars Mount St Mary’s and Woodkirk Academy were joined by newcomers Outwood Grange Academy – see details

Congratulations to winners Woodkirk Academy, who will go on to compete in the Headingley Festival of Ideas Years 10&11 Final on 20th March against the north Leeds qualifying round winners. Congratulation too Anandita Ghosh of Woodkirk who won the ‘Best Individual’ prize nominated by the judges. And well done to Mount St Mary’s and Outwood Grange for making it such a close, competitive competition. And a big thank you to Sponsors LCF Law