Leicester Secular Society Events

Most LSS meetings are at Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB — All Welcome (exceptions are shown in the detailed listings). Contact details are on our Home Page. Hire a room.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019
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19:00 [19:30] David Baker: Deaths after Police Contact in USA (ext event)
Leicester Skeptics In The Pub David Baker: "Deaths after police contact in the US: An enduring problem" In this talk David Baker considers how increasingly aggressive policing in the US leads to citizens dying after police contact. It examines how race, mental health and gender can play a part in who dies and how they die. The talk is based off research undertaken in 16 US states with families who had lost loved ones to police violence. It argues that violent death is normalised in the US, and that policing is in some ways a reflection of this normalisation. David is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Coventry University. His research focuses on police accountability in relation to deaths after police contact. His book ‘Deaths after police contact: Constructing accountability in the 21st century’, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2016. His most recent research papers focus on the impact of these deaths on the families of the victims of police violence in the United States. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thought’ talking about his US research and written several articles for the online academic website ‘The Conversation.’ Find Out More:

Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event[19:30] LSS: Greg Scorzo - The art of thinking (discussion series)
THE ART OF THINKING – GREG SCORCZO - SPRING 2019 The 'Art of Thinking' sessions are run by philosopher Dr Greg Scorzo, editor of 'Culture on the Offensive' (https://www.cultureontheoffensive.com/). In this session Dr Scorzo asks "How should we describe racism?" In this session, we will discuss two contrasting conceptions of racism: systemic racism, and psychological racism. Psychological racism is when an assumption about a person’s character is motivated not by the person, but by the racial demographic they belong to. Systemic racism is when the structural inequalities in society function as though there is psychological racism, even when there might not be. It is normally thought that the two conceptions of racism can co-exist alongside each other, but it might be the case that they cancel each other out. Followed by open exploration, discussion, debate and tea. No experience of academic philosophy is needed. Each session stands alone – come to as many as you wish. Admission £3 on the door, no booking necessary.

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