June date announced

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The next De Beauvoir Balloon Debate will take place on Thursday, June 27th, 7pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.

This will be our 16th debate, and our second one at the beautiful De Beauvoir Block on the edge of Shoreditch and Islington.

More details coming soon!

De Beauvoir Balloon Debate

Join the De Beauvoir Balloon Debate on Thursday, February 28th, for an evening of stimulating ideas. Door opens at 7pm. Debate starts at 7.30pm prompt.

COME to hear three speakers present three ideas. VOTE for your favourite!

VENUE: De Beauvoir Block, 92-96 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN

ADMISSION: Free, but registration on Eventbrite essential. REGISTER HERE

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Paul Embery: “Our politicians are scared of working class identity.”

Paul Embery has been a firefighter in the London Fire Brigade for 20 years and serves on the Executive Council of the Fire Brigades Union. A member of the Labour Party since 1994, he is also the national organiser of Trade Unionists Against the EU.

Dana Qarout: “Education has not liberated women in Jordan – yet.”

Dana Qarout is a Weidenfeld-Hoffman scholar at Oxford University. Previously, Dana worked for the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in Jordan, working to reform the public education sector and develop subject-specific teaching standards. Dana’s main focus has been on the use of data within the design of education policies.

Bee Rowlatt: “Mary still matters: Rediscovering Wollstonecraft.”

Bee Rowlatt is a writer and journalist. Her current book, In Search of Mary, is inspired by the life of Mary Wollstonecraft. Her best-selling Talking Abour Jane Austen in Baghdad was dramatised by the BBC. Bee contributed to Virago’s Fifty Shades of Feminism and has clocked over two decades at BBC World Service (now freelance).

Spring 2019 Balloon Debate

Calling all Balloonists! We’re happy to publish details of the Spring De Beauvoir Balloon Debate, which marks our move to a brand new venue.

Thursday, February 28th, 7.30-9.30pm (arrive 7pm to get a seat)

De Beauvoir Block, 92 De Beauvoir Road, London N1 4EN.

Tickets (free) and full details will be available soon.

Hope to see you there!

Winter Balloon Debate, Nov 29th 2018

Date: Thursday, November 29th 2018

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start

Place: St Peter De Beauvoir Crypt, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

 

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SARA-LOUISE BURKE: ‘The Personal is always Political’.

Sara-Louise Burke is Subject Leader for English & Literacy at the Bushey Academy. In 2018, she was involved in fighting the Windrush scandal, campaigning for the rights of British-Caribbeans threatened with deportation. She has recently started Purple Hued Views, a blog and book club in which she discusses her life experiences and other topics from a womanist perspective.

CAROLINE COX: ‘International aid is both pain and privilege’.

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict zones all over the world.

DAVE RICH:  ‘Labour’s Jewish problem is all of our problem’.

Dr Dave Rich is a British author and expert on antisemitism. He is an Associate Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Head of Policy at the Community Security Trust (CST). He holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London. His book, The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti‑Semitism (2016) began as his doctoral dissertation.

 

Summer Debate, June 28th, 7pm

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         REGISTER (FREE)

Venue: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

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DR GRAHAM GUDGIN:  ‘To restore our trust, experts need to stop getting things wrong.’

NORA MULREADY: ‘The Left is moving in a dangerous direction.’

DOLLY THEIS: ‘Public health is everything.’

Dr Graham Gudgin is Honorary Research Associate at the Centre For Business Research (CBR) in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor at the Ulster University. He is also Chief Economic Advisor at Policy Exchange in London and is a founder and editor of Briefings for Brexit, along with Professor Robert Tombs at Cambridge.

Dr Gudgin is an economist specialising in macro-economic forecasting and has worked extensively on the economic impact of Brexit with colleagues at Cambridge and Ulster University. He was formerly Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre in Belfast and from 1998-2002 was Special Advisor to First Minister David Trimble in Northern Ireland.

Nora Mulready is a political writer and commentator, who, prior to leaving the Labour Party earlier this year, was a Labour member and activist for almost 20 years. She has spent the last 12 years working in welfare rights and advocacy for people suffering from deprivation, including 5 years as the Senior Caseworker for David Lammy MP and 7 years in a welfare rights charity supporting older people in London.

Nora writes about topics such as the creeping authoritarianism within the Labour Party, the Left’s moral failures to challenge the rise of Islamism over several decades, and the moral basis of humanitarian military intervention in international affairs. Coming from a left-wing family of many generations, Nora describes herself as a political pragmatist, rooted in the ethical politics of the old Left, but at odds with how the Left is manifesting itself today.

Dolly Theis is at the University of Cambridge completing her MPhil in Public Health and Epidemiology before starting her PhD at Cambridge’s MRC Epidemiology Unit. She is Director of 50:50 Parliament’s #AskHerToStand campaign and in 2017, stood as the Conservative Party parliamentary candidate in Vauxhall.

From 2015 to 2017, Dolly worked at the independent Westminster think tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), researching childhood obesity. She wrote the “Off the Scales: England’s childhood obesity crisis” report. In 2013, she co-founded the Cube Movement, the first social network against modern-day slavery and she remains a Company Director for the campaign’s parent charity, the Red Light Campaign. She is also an ambassador of the North East military veterans charity, Forward Assist.

 

 

 

Spring Debate, Thursday March 8th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start         REGISTER (FREE)

Venue: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA

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STEVE MOORE: “”The UK should follow Canada by legalising and regulating cannabis.”

JAVIER PES: “It’s time to reclaim public art.”

ALICIA WESTON: “Do we need to teach people how to cook?”

Javier Pes is UK editor of artnet. Prior to this he was editor of The Art Newspaper, where he also worked as deputy editor. Before joining The Art Newspaper, he edited Museum Practice magazine for the UK Museums Association. A curator turned journalist, Javier began his career working at the Museum of London followed by Reading Museums, focusing on social history.

Steve Moore is an expert on drug policy. He the director of Volteface, an influential UK-based think tank looking at alternatives to current drug policies.

Alicia Weston is a social entrepreneur with a diverse background. Originally a published research scientist, she went on to work for 18 years in emerging market investment banking.  After leaving the City, she worked for the New Economics Foundation, developing a new model to finance social housing in the UK.

Alicia is the founder of two social ventures; Parkholme Supperclub, a leading London supperclub, and Bags of Taste, a programme which which aims to improve the diet and finances of people in or at risk of food poverty.

Autumn Debate, Thursday Oct 19th

Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Location: St Peter De Beauvoir, Northchurch Terrace, London N1 4DA.
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Kit Collingwood-Richardson: “The joy of nothing.” 
Kit writes, speaks and cares about many big topics, including radical ways to improve public services. She is a senior civil servant and digital technology expert, and recently formed the #OneTeamGov movement, to break down the barriers between policy making and service delivery.
Phil Mullan: “Automation is our friend, not our enemy.”
Phil is an economist and author of “The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population Is Not a Social Problem”, and “Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance”. He is a regular contributor to CityAM.
Rachael Box: “Gangs are good.” 
Rachael is the founder and director of London Village Network, a project that started in Holloway and Islington but is now expanding across the city. It supports teenagers without the existing networks for their education and career success to take control of their own lives.