The next meeting of Talking Allowed in Leeds is on Monday, June 11th at 1.45pm in Veritas Ale and Wine Bar.

The topic under discussion is “1968 and all that”.

1968 saw student protests, demonstrations against the Vietnam war, strikes and factory occupations, barricades in Paris, the Prague Spring and its suppression, and the assassination of Martin Luther King. These events had a formative effect on many of the generation who lived through them. But what about later generations? On the fiftieth anniversary what relevance has the “spirit of 1968”.

For local interest, there is a discussion of activism in Leeds in 1968 at Swarthmore on the 31st of May. Details here.

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The next meeting of Talking Allowed in Leeds is on Monday, May 14th at 1.45pm in Veritas Ale and Wine Bar.

We are discussing “Democracy and the Vote”.

This year is the anniversary of women getting the vote but is universal suffrage a sufficient condition for democracy? Should we add the rule of law, an independent judiciary, a free press, etc?

The next meeting of Talking Allowed in Leeds is on Monday, February 12th at 1.45pm in Veritas Ale and Wine Bar.

We will be discussing the #MeToo phenomenon.

#MeToo has given rise to strong opinions, for and against. We might prefer to look at the sources of the campaign and ask if it indicates a new wave of feminism. We can also look at the role of social media and the use of the “court of public opinion”. We may ask how, in the long run, relations between the sexes could be affected.