A Series of Research Seminars and Events

Compiled by
Prof. David Webb
(Applied Global Ethics, Leeds Metropolitan University)

January - April 2012

LU POLIS Political Theory Research Group:
Insurgent Democracy

John Schwarzmantel
 POLIS, University of Leeds

Thursday 9 February 2012, 4.00-6.00 p.m.
E C Stoner Building, Seminar Room 9.90
University of Leeds

This paper seeks to investigate the ways in which political theory in general, and democratic theory in particular, could be developed to respond to the current wave of protests and mass mobilisations world-wide.

Further information  please contact
Tel: 0113 343 4396

Schumacher North Conference
Talks, Workshops, etc

Saturday 11 February, 9am-5pm, and
Sunday 12 February 2012
, 10am-4pm

Swarthmore Centre
Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square Leeds LS3 1AD

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Nuclear Free Local Authorities
English Forum Seminar
Major Nuclear Issues in England
– an update

Friday 24th February 2012, 12.30pm – 2.45pm

East Room, Leeds Civic Hall, Portland Street, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Dr Ian Fairlie
Independent consultant on radiation in the environment – low level radiation and health, what are the risks and should we be worried about them?

Jean McSorley
Independent radioactive waste consultant – West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste Safely process: answer to our waste problems or the start of new nuclear risks?

Sean Morris
NFLA Secretary – the UK nuclear emergency planning review and the NFLA survey of local authority readiness.

Contact: Sean Morris, NFLA Secretariat,
 c/o Manchester City Council,
Telephone: 0161 234 3244

Taking Soundings:
Crisis: Alternative Economics

Tim Jenkins
Manager of the Great Transformations Initiatives for the New Economics Foundation and former policy director Friends of the Earth

Wednesday 29 February 2012

Room 102, Broadcasting Place, Humanities Building,
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Metropolitan University

For further information please contact


Yorkshire CND:
Lifting the Lid on Menwith Hill:
The Strategic Roles and Economic Impact of the US Spy Base in Yorkshire

Thursday 1st March 2012

Harrogate Friends Meeting House
12a Queens Parade Harrogate

The first report of its kind that investigates the role of Menwith Hill since the European Parliament resolved that the electronic surveillance breached the European Convention of Human Rights in 2001. It sheds light on the work of the US base which is run by the National Security Agency (NSA) under an informal and secretive lease agreement with the UK Government. Important questions are raised within the report regarding the base's accountability to Parliament.

The report covers:

  • Menwith Hill's strategic role as a regional intelligence base illegally collecting and analysing information from satellites, phone tapping and the interception of internet traffic

  • The role that Menwith Hill plays in information-led warfare for US military actions such as drone attacks

  • An examination of claims made by the US authorities, and repeated in Parliament, of the economic benefit of the base to the local community

  • The hidden economic costs of the base and the degree to which these are subsidised by the UK taxpayer

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Praxis Centre Seminar:
The Effects of the Libel Laws on Science
– a personal experience

Peter Wilmshurst
As a consultant cardiologist Dr Wilmhurst has spent the last two decades trying to expose research misconduct and has reported more than twenty doctors to the General Medical Council. In recognition of his dogged and selfless pursuit of the truth, he was presented with
the HealthWatch Award 2003.

Friday 9 March 2012

Lecture Theatre G, RB546, The Rose Bowl,
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University
School of Applied Global Ethics

Jo Berry and Pat Magee
Building Bridges for Peace
Jo’s father was killed in 1984 by the Brighton Bombing during the Tory Party Conference. Pat was convicted of planting the bomb. They speak about their experience of coming to know each other and understanding each others’ points of view.

Tuesday 20 March 2012
6.00 - 8.00pm

Lecture Theatre 2, Leslie Silver Building,
Woodhouse Lane, Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City Council
and Leeds Peace Links:

 The 2012 Leeds Annual Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

Professor Sir Richard Jolly
Honorary Professor and Research Associate of
the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex,
co-director of the UN Intellectual History Project

Security for People
- the real alternative to crisis and war

Sir Richard will explore the new thinking required for recovering from crisis and the national and global challenges it presents

Monday 26 March 2012
700 for 7.30pm

Banqueting Suite, Leeds Civic Hall

(More about the Peace Lecture here)


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