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2011 EventsCafé Culture
For discussion and debate café style

Each Cafe Culture event series runs from September to July every year, with events running fortnightly, usually on the first and third Monday of each month. To view a pdf of our current flyer click here

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7 September 2015 café politique

Scotland’s Promise: A year on from the referendum

One year on from Scotland’s referendum, Douglas Fraser, BBC Scotland’s Business and Economy Editor and Gerry Hassan, Scottish writer, academic and research fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, will explore the impact of the SNP’s sweeping victory in the General Election analysing Scotland’s political future as well as the broader prospects for the future of the Union.

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21 September 2015café scientifique

Donors, Money and Body Parts:
Should we pay people to donate body parts?

The growing global demand for human tissue for medical research and treatment has sparked debates about ethically appropriate ways of encouraging individuals to donate their tissue. Dr Dan O’Connor of the Wellcome Trust and Prof Neil Sheerin from the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, will explore the complex relationship between money, donors and body parts. 

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5 October 2015café philosophique

Authentic Ageing: My self outside myself

If ageing well involves the rich idea of authenticity, it suggests being true to your self. Julian Hughes, Consultant in Psychiatry of Old Age and Professor of Philosophy of Ageing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and PEALS, Newcastle University will ask where is your true self to be located?

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19 October 2015café culturel

Cultural Leadership and Enterprise in a Changed Public Sector

Jim Beirne MBE Chief Executive of Live Theatre will outline how Live uses its mission and vision to continue to grow in the context of reducing public investment. Jim’s insights will encompass Live’s three social enterprises and gastropub, an online playwright course and its role as an SME (small and medium enterprises) incubator. He will also explore its role in large property development, with the City Council as lender rather than grant-maker.

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2 November 2015café scientifique

Gaming for Health

Prof Janet Eyre, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, will explain how a new fun based play therapy for adults is being used to transform the lives of stroke survivors and others. 

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16 November 2015café scientifique

Hearing Voices: New ways of understanding the experience

Ben Alderson-Day describes the work of Durham University's Hearing the Voice research project which aims to understand what it is like to hear voices. He will talk about their recent online survey on voice-hearing, and discuss some of the myths and preconceptions associated with the experience.

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7 December 2015café scientifique

The Philosophy of Good Taste

Prof Barry Smith, Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, University of London, will share the results of collaborative research between philosophy, neuroscience and psychology. Barry will show how our experiences can mislead us, and why tasting is a complex fusion of many senses.