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Tony Harcup

When?
Monday, October 22 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Tony Harcup

What's the talk about?

Tony Harcup will draw on his experience as a journalist and as a journalism academic to explore the good, the bad and the ugly of news reporting. At a time when the traditional journalism industries are under existential threat, yet stories whiz around us all the time, his talk will focus on the enduring value of properly researched news.

Tony currently teaches journalism studies at the University of Sheffield and is the author of the Oxford Dictionary of Journalism. Before moving into higher education he worked as a staff and freelance journalist in both alternative and mainstream media, mostly in Yorkshire. His research interests include news values, alternative journalism and ethics, and his book Journalism: Principles and Practice has been translated into several languages including Chinese, Polish and Korean.

Kate Davison

When?
Monday, September 24 2018 at 7:30PM

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Kate Davison

What's the talk about?

What can historians learn from old jokes? They might not be the most obvious subject of academic inquiry, but in recent years the history of humour has become a vibrant field of research. If you take Aristotle’s word for it, laughter is fundamental to human experience - people have always laughed; yet, the things we think it acceptable to laugh at, and how that laughter is thought about, tolerated or suppressed, have varied considerably with time, place and culture. This has compelling possibilities for historians. The talk will use the example of eighteenth-century Britain - a period brimming with bawdy jest books and a surfeit of satirical texts and images - to consider what the laughter of the past can tell us about the sensibilities, values and interests of those who lived through it.

Kate Davison has been a lecturer in the History Department at the University of Sheffield since 2017; before that she taught at the University of Oxford, and carried out her own research and study at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter and Sheffield. Her work focuses in particular on Britain c.1650-1800 and this talk will draw on material from the book she is currently working on.

Juliet Wakefield

When?
Monday, August 20 2018 at 7:30PM

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Juliet Wakefield

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK IS ON THE 3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH INSTEAD OF THE 4TH

We are constantly told by the media and health professionals that we should stop smoking, drink less, get our '5 a day' and exercise regularly. But how often are we told about the importance of our social life? Lacking important social groups can be as bad for us as smoking, yet it is an aspect of our heath that we so rarely consider. In this talk Dr. Juliet Wakefield will discuss the idea of the 'Social Cure', present some of her own research on the topic, and consider how we can unlock its positive effects in our own lives .

Juliet Wakefield is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on the impact of group memberships on people's everyday lives. In addition to exploring the impact of groups on health and wellbeing, she investigates intergroup / intragroup helping and help-seeking, gender identity, national identity, and online identities.

George Thomas

When?
Monday, July 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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George Thomas

What's the talk about?

George will talk about the identification, prevalence and presentation of autism illustrated by stories from his own experience. We can consider the controversies: deficient or different? Nature or nurture? We will look at successful people with autism and consider what life is like for many.

George worked in autism education between the years of 1996 and 2016. He has worked in schools and with Local Authorities in an advisory capacity within Leicester City and Leicestershire, representing the interests of parent and children with autism in many different forums and in schools around the country. Towards the close of his work with Leicestershire LA, George became interested in developing provision for children who were either excluded from school or unable to attend by virtue of their anxiety. He set up an ‘education otherwise than at school’ programme to help the authority meet its responsibilities to this vulnerable group. Since 2001, George has been a Regional Tutor on the autism courses provided by the University of Birmingham. In 2013 he retired from his post as Service manager of Leicestershire’s Autism Outreach Service to develop his own consultancy providing training in Autism throughout the country.

Anthony Warner

When?
Monday, June 25 2018 at 7:30PM

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Anthony Warner

What's the talk about?

Anthony Warner somehow managed to complete a Biochemistry Degree at Manchester University before deeply disappointing his parents by deciding that the heat of the professional kitchen was the career for him. After ten years in restaurants, hotels and events-catering he became a development chef in the food manufacturing industry and has spent the last 11 years working on some of the UK’s best-known brands and products.

In 2016, driven by frustration at the clearly unscientific messages being spewed out by a new breed of healthy eating celebrities, he started the Angry Chef blog, intended to appeal to a few similarly frustrated food industry professionals. Despite frequent attempts to alienate his readers, the blog has grown in popularity, forcing a middle-aged man to reluctantly engage with social media. Terrified at the prospect of being described as a ‘food-blogger’, Anthony has tried in vain to keep Angry Chef anonymous, but has sadly failed to do so as newspapers and magazines continue to approach him in the hope he might say something controversial about Jamie Oliver.

He now writes regularly for New Scientist, The Pool and the Sunday Times, and his first book, The Angry Chef - Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating was published by Oneworld in July. He has appeared on Inside Science, The Food Programme and was once asked if he would be happy to eat his own dog on The Moral Maze.

Anthony does not have a food philosophy. He is a pretty decent cook, but is not an expert in anything. He is merely curious and determined to get to the truth. He loves food, loves science and is ambivalent about Marmite. He lives in the Nottinghamshire countryside with his wife, daughter and a slightly unbalanced Springer Spaniel.

Michael Granville

When?
Monday, May 21 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Michael Granville

What's the talk about?

Mike Granville was educated and brought up entirely in the Catholic tradition. He attended a primary school run by nuns and a secondary school run by De la Salle brothers. At that time, the church paid most (about 85%) of the cost of running the schools. That has changed and faith schools are now fully funded by the state.

Now a Secular-Humanist Mike Granville campaigns for an end to state funding of Faith Schools.

The government has channelled increasing funds to faith schools over the last twenty years. This continues despite the continued decline in church attendance. Mike will look at figures and see how the law has been set up to support an openly discriminatory system in school admissions.

Philip Moriarty

When?
Monday, April 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Philip Moriarty

What's the talk about?

There is no doubt that quantum physics embodies mind-blowing concepts that force us the question the very nature of reality. And if there’s a contender for our current best “theory of everything” then quantum mechanics wins hands down.

But, far too often, the word “quantum” signals the worst type of vacuous pseudoscientific gobbledegook. It’s exploited by those who are entirely clueless about the underlying physics — or, worse, should know better — to evoke a misplaced mysticism about the ‘holistic’ nature of the universe. Moreover, when consciousness and quantum collide, the nonsense factor goes through the roof…

Philip Moriarty will aim to tease out the science from the mysticism and show that while quantum physics certainly has its weird and wacky aspects, it’s at heart a theory of waves. That means we can very often easily interpret what’s happening at the quantum level in terms of the everyday world around us – he’ll take a look at what coffee cups, drums, and a SlinkyTM can tell us about the broader nature of the universe (and Deepak Chopra’s place in it).

Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham.

Barry Gibson

When?
Monday, March 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Barry Gibson

What's the talk about?

The talk will focus on whether or not we can conceive of oral health as a life course project. The talk will look at data taken from qualitative interviews with older people exploring the significance of the mouth and oral health in older age. We will also explore when it became possible to conceive of being able to keep one's teeth into older age and what the consequences might be for society. If this project were to be recognised what might the implications be for health and social policy?

Professor Barry Gibson is a sociologist who has spent the last twenty years working in dentistry. He teaches sociology to dental students and writes about oral health, dentistry and society. He spends most of his time outside of work walking his dog, going to the cinema and listening to podcasts. He would like to be better at photography but well you know.

Katie Steckles

When?
Monday, February 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Katie Steckles

What's the talk about?

We all know that people with maths, science and technology skills are experienced at problem-solving. But how useful are those skills in the real world? Mathematician and speaker Katie Steckles will show you some mathematical, logical and geometrical tricks to solve some of everyday life’s minor challenges – from tying your shoelace to changing a duvet cover, and plenty of others. You’ll never fold a t-shirt the same way again!

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik’s cube and baking things shaped like maths. In 2016, Katie was awarded the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement.

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Karen Douglas

When?
Monday, December 18 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Karen Douglas

What's the talk about?

NOTE: This event is on the 3rd Monday in December because there's apparently something happening on the 25th...

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’. In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Prof. Karen Douglas will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.

Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. In addition to conducting work on the psychology of conspiracy theories, she is involved in projects examining sexism in language, the influence of sexist ideology on attitudes toward pregnant women, and the psychology of internet behaviour.

Martin Graff

When?
Monday, November 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

There is much evidence that being in a good relationship can be beneficial to our health, happiness and general well-being. However, should we resort to online dating in the pursuit of a happy relationship? Psychological research would seem to suggest that online dating may not be the easy answer.

This talk focuses on the reasons why we should be cautious in our online dating pursuits. For example, people make bad decisions in online dating. Furthermore, those we contact are often not what they appear to be. Additionally, there is no evidence that the algorithms employed by dating sites and which purport to match us with a desirable partner actually work in reality. Finally, this talk will conclude with some information on how to maximize our chances in an online dating environment.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales, UK, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. He has researched cognitive processes in web-based learning, the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline, online persuasion and disinhibition. He has written over 50  scientific  articles,  published  widely  in  the  field  of  Internet  behaviour,  and presented his work at numerous International Conferences. He writes for Psychology Today magazine and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Internationally.

John Cossham

When?
Monday, October 23 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
John Cossham

What's the talk about?

John Cossham FRSA is a campaigner, sustainability activist and entertainer who co-founded Frack-Free York in 2011.

He won the Oxfam Carbon Footprint competition in 2008 with the lowest in the UK, and is passionate about compost, polyamory, bicycles and Near Term Human Extinction.

His talk covers unconventional gas extraction and climate change, and promises to be both interesting and entertaining.

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