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PROGRAMME PAGE 2001
(JanuaryMarch & SeptemberDecember)
Free Lecture Series
75 HUMBERSTONE GATE,LEICESTER
PHONE 0116 2622250
All welcome refreshments available
ALL THE LECTURES ARE AT 6.30pm ON SUNDAYS
AT SECULAR HALL
ADMISSION IS FREE
(Sunday afternoon events small charge – Members free)
Sun 7th January. Dr John Newsinger - "The Dredd Phenomenon." Are comix just kid’s stuff, or are they a guide to the times? Dr Newsinger throws light into these dark places.
Sun 14th January. "The Membership Document of the Leicester Secular Society." We asked members and interested people to prepare more up-to-date versions. Let’s see if we can make some sense of what we need as a statement of principles.
Sun 21st January. "Disability – the Last Civil Rights." Tony Barron. Tony, a popular speaker and society member, considers whether people with disabilities are going to be the last to be able to join fully in society. How can we improve matters?
Sun January 28th ( 2.45 p.m. Celtic Harp music recital.)
6.30pm. "How and Why I made The Turin Shroud." Lyn Hurst. This is the real truth of the matter. It was actually The Secular Society President, Lyn Hurst, who, working from a top-secret base in Highfields, managed to make the Turin Shroud and hoodwink the religious world. Lyn confesses and explains all. Come and hear how – bring a sense of humour.
Sun 4th February : "Gender and Sovereignty." Professor John Hoffman. (University of Leicester). This is the Leicester launch of John’s book on the topic. He looks at the relationship between feminism and the nature of the state.
Sun 11th February : "Anarchists in the Town Hall! – The Sheffield Democrats in the 1880s." Chris Williams. Things do not always have to stay the same! Come and find out what these people got up to.
Sun 18th Feb1: "What is Leicester Radical Alliance?" Tristan Hooley. Who are these people? What are they doing? In whose name do they speak? Can Dr Hooley justify their actions?
Sun 25th Feb: (2.45 – Music event: see separate leaflet) "Permanent Exclusion of Asian Pupils from Secondary Schools." Dr Harish Mehra. So why do Asian pupils often suffer the sanction of permanent exclusion? Dr Mehra presents the objective research drawn from his new book, Racism in Education. Along with the indictments of the system he presents positive recommendations for the future.
Sun 4th March: "Art and Capitalism." William Morris. William Morris first delivered this talk to Leicester Secular Society in 1880. He feels that his message remains unchanged and, with the help of Simon Carter re-delivers his historic talk.
Sun 11th March: (2.45 – Music event.)
6.30pm"Discrimination in Higher Education." Mehdi Burghchi. Recently there have been a number of legally proven cases of discrimination in these institutions – which should be paragons of virtue: other cases have been blocked. Examine the awful truth.
Sun 18th March: "Thomas Paine 200 years of Common Sense." Morrell Thomas – Secretary of The Thomas Paine Society. It is two Hundred Years since Paine’s pamphlet set the world aflame – influencing the American and French Revolutions, and all thereafter. What does it say to us now?
Sun 25th March "An Evening of Subversive Songs." Synchronicity: John Eaves and Debbie Osborne. Many Traditional Songs are quite disobedient! Won’t join the army/navy, won’t obey the landlord etc. Come and hear these brilliant singers.
Sun 1st April: Leicester Secular Society "Half" A.G.M. Members and intending members meeting.
Sunday 30th September 2001: Roy Stuttard People with Small Means and High Hopes
Roy has participated practically in many co-operative movements. He is also a historian of the various strands of co-operativism. Is co-operation, as opposed to competition, essential for human survival?
Sunday 7th October 2001: John Newsinger The Politics of Science Fiction
John is a popular speaker at Leicester Secular Society. Here he turns his skills as a much published historian, his wit and his erudition (the fruit of being a sci-fi reviewer) on the genre that is more pervasive than most religions.
Sunday 14th October 2001: Lorna Chessum From Immigrants to Ethnic Minority: the making of Black Community in Britain
Lorna has been examining how a group of people have made a life in a hostile environment. Her recently published book around this topic was critically welcomed.
Mini Series on War and Conflict Resolution Part 1
Sunday 21st October 2001: Frank Dobson Fighting in Burma during World War II
Sunday 28th October 2001: Ron Holm Forced Labour as a Prisoner of War
Sunday 4th November 2001: Leicester Secular Society Annual General Meeting
This is for members, or intending members of the Society (joining before the meeting starts). Motions and topics for discussion should be submitted to the Committee at least two weeks before this date. Wine and cheese will be provided.
Mini Series on War and Conflict Resolution Part 2
Sunday 11th November 2001: Tristram Hooley Literature of World War II
Sunday 18th November 2001: Professor John Hoffman Conflict Resolution
Sunday 25th November 2001: Lucy Faire Working-Class Family Life in the Twentieth Century: 1900 to 1960
Sunday 2nd December 2001: Discussion Meeting On Topics Requested Beforehand for Circulation
Several years a go a speaker was obliged to cancel at short notice and a discussion meeting was held in its place. This was so successful that a request was made for more evenings devoted to the concerns of the members and public.
Sunday 9th December 2001: Peter Lavender The Tomlinson Report and Improvements in the Inclusion of People with Special Needs
Peter is co-director of NIACE and helped create the report. He charts the changes that arose from it, and the changes in the lives of people with special needs that are taking place currently.
Sunday 16th December 2001: Michael Hughes Readings from Oscar Wilde
Michael is a man of many parts: scientist, teacher, professional actor as well as being an expert in knots! This night he reads from the works of Oscar Wilde. He includes De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and some lighter works. He has the voice.
MONDAY 31st December 2001: Members', Families and their Guests: New Year's Eve Ceilidh
with players from the Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra, Greenshoots Youth and Offshoots.
The Eric Paine Memorial Lecture
and Leicester Secular Society Anniversary Lecture 2002
As well as the Lecture Series and other events The Society can also make available
NON-DENOMINATIONAL AND NON-RELIGIOUS FUNERAL SERVICES
‘Phone 0116 212 3715
MEETING ROOMS MAY BE HIRED
(at the discretion of the society)
For details of room hire ‘phone
0116 251 2002
MEMBERSHIP DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY:
‘PHONE: - 0116 285 4293
GENERAL QUERIES ABOUT EVENTS
Michael Gerard Meetings Secretary
0116 210 9027