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First Tuesday current affairs discussion - Tuesday 6 February 7:00pm start

Tuesday 6th March: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news

Public forum for engaging and debating ideas
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The AcademyThe Academy 2018, 21-22 July

University as it should be: two-day summer school for anyone interested in studying ideas.

The Institute of Ideas Academy has been running since 2011. Bringing together a wide range of people of all ages and educational backgrounds, The Academy is a modest attempt to demonstrate the value of scholarship in itself in today’s climate of instrumental approaches to knowledge, the use of universities as social-engineering battering rams and the incessant demands to show value for money.

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Battle of Ideas 2018Battle of Ideas

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October

The Battle of Ideas festival, currently being held at the Barbican in London, was initiated by the Institute of Ideas 13 years ago to encourage free thinking and open-ended public discussion, and is supported by a wide range of partners. The Battle of Ideas festival comprises 400 speakers at 75 debates and satellite discussions confronting society’s big issues and unresolved questions. It affords the opportunity for some clear thinking, rational debate and agenda-setting - above all, it's future-orientated, whilst retaining a healthy regard for the past achievements of humanity.


Inspired by the Institute of Ideas, the Manchester Salon is in association with Interact MCR who are producing a satellite event as part of this year's Battle of Ideas.

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Swearing in public

Are we failing the elderly

May 2018

Josie Appleton and others will open a discussion on the rise of the tick-box, tut, tut state and the threat it poses to civil society

The busybody state is a concept that begins from people’s everyday experience encountering the new official in public spaces. This everyday experience is embodied in a genre of YouTube videos in which cyclists, photographers or buskers are shown locked in a dispute with a badged official who is seeking to prevent them from continuing with their activity. The busybody’s intervention appears as unnecessary and unreasonable; the busker’s recalcitrant response as a defence of the essential legitimacy of free public action.



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