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John Issit

When?
Thursday, May 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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Who?
John Issit

What's the talk about?

Jeremiah was a London radical and freethinker. He and his many associates gave themselves to the cause - a cause that was always dangerous and compromised.

Whilst his efforts received no dividend in his lifetime today we are in his debt - we enjoy the freedoms for which he risked his life.
When the Bastille fell in 1789 English radicals like Jeremiah saw the promise of freedom but by early 1793 the French Revolution had turned into madness as Robespierre and the guillotine produced a blood bath of self destruction.

In England the fear that the revolution might spread across the channel provoked reactionary responses and the years of William Pitt’s terror began. Radicals were hunted down. Some found themselves in Botany Bay, others charged with sedition or treason, languished in Newgate and the Tower.

John Issit is a National Teaching Fellow and Provost of Langwith College. He has taught in schools, prisons, further education colleges and with the Open University for many years. He teaches extensively on the undergraduate programme at the University of York and supervises students at Masters level as well as teaching a programme for gifted and talented youth. He develops innovative approaches to learning in higher education particularly in collaborative writing and peer assessment.

 

 

Richard Burdett

When?
Thursday, June 4 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
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Who?
Richard Burdett

What's the talk about?

Richard Burdett is a veteran of the Marketing Industry and has a well-informed insight into the way marketing and advertising works.  Details to follow.

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Thursday, July 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

Iszi is a fully established skeptical comedian with a great eye for the difficult grey areas between reality and fairyland.  So you think you make your own decisions in times of crisis?  You may have to think again!

Daisy Christodolou

When?
Thursday, August 6 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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Who?
Daisy Christodolou

What's the talk about?

A talk about the science behind Education Policy in UK.  Or maybe the lack of it!?

Ash Pryce

When?
Thursday, September 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including
levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show
has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.


Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm

And more...

"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored"
"Very entertaining" - edfringereview

"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics


About Ash

Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occasional magician based in Scotland. 
He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.
 
He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History-in-the-Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is
believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with
his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

Martin Poulter

When?
Thursday, October 1 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
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Who?
Martin Poulter

What's the talk about?

L Ron Hubbard instigated Scientology as a religion only a few decades ago and now it is a powerful multi-national cult that has many celebrities in its ranks.  How? 

Anna Semlyen

When?
Thursday, November 5 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Anna Semlyen

What's the talk about?

Many town councils are gradually changing speed limits in built-up areas from 30 mph to 20 mph.

Are these changes being brought about by emotional appeals from victims and their families or is

the trend as a result of hard evidence that not only are lives saved and injuries prevented but that civilisation on the move is grinding to a halt??

Anna Semlyen is a leading member of the 20's Plenty For Us Campaign and has some interesting information to tell us.

 

 

Chris Hassall

When?
Thursday, December 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Chris Hassall

What's the talk about?

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest threats facing the world, but international action to mitigate the impacts of human activities on the climate is moving slowly (if at all). Why is there continued reluctance to act, and why do some people refuse to believe that climate change is even happening despite the high degree of confidence expressed by scientists?

Chris will outline briefly the science behind climate change and the tangled web of special interests that have sought to muddy the waters over a range of important scientific topics from tobacco smoke to the ozone layer. He will also discuss his role as a “skeptical activist” in investigating the extent of climate change denial at a Canadian University, and discuss the importance of skeptical involvement in education.

The talk will conclude with a discussion of the similarities across various different types of science denial, and some recent research that skeptics can use to guide their efforts to promote science in hostile communities.

Chris is a Lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Leeds, with particular expertise in the biological impacts of environmental change. He graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University of Liverpool and his PhD research, also conducted at Liverpool, investigated the impacts of climate change using dragonflies and damselflies as a model system. He then moved to Carleton University in Canada for three years as a Research Fellow before returning to the UK to take up a faculty position at the University of Leeds in 2012. He continues to work on large-scale patterns in ecology and evolution, with a focus on environmental change, predator-prey interactions, and freshwater science.

This event is open to all and entrance is free, however kind donations will be accepted in order to pay the speakers expenses.  There will be time after the event for Q & A and discussion and the Irish Traditional Musicians are available for entertaining listening afterwards.

 

When?
Thursday, March 3 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Rebecca O'Neill

What's the talk about?

Details to be confirmed.