Hot Issue Seminars (HIS)
This newly established group will run seminar workshops which address issues of national and international concern with a view to drawing policy conclusions. Each seminar will begin with about 45 minutes of stimulus material (for instance an interview or lecture from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), the BBC Moral Maze or even a presentation from a member of the group), followed by a facilitated discussion designed to lead to practical conclusions. HIS members will be expected to do some research on each topic beforehand, make notes during the opening stimulus session and then participate with open minds to the discussion. HIS is aimed at U3A members who want to work at understanding the key issues of our time and explore with others possible ways forward.
We will meet initially at 10.30 am on the first Tuesdays of February and March, 2020. On Feb 4 we will explore what insights economics has in addressing the rich/poor divide see ‘Good Economics for Hard Times’ at polarised.simplecast.com. On March 3 we will consider whether civil disobedience is an effective and legitimate way of raising awareness of the climate crisis and whether we can really make the necessary changes to our lifestyles in time, see ‘Extinction Rebellion - where next?’ at the same web site.
The topics and dates of subsequent meetings will be decided by the group. Ideas include: big tech companies and the future of democracy, do you understand public opinion as well as you think you do? radicalisation and deradicalisation, tolerance of intolerance and the morality of risk – health & safety.
Meetings will be held at 45 Bloomfield Rd. There will be no fee. Numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 10. Members will be expected to commit to attendance at least one week in advance so that those on a waiting list, if such exists, can be contacted. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Chris Marsden, see below.
Chris Marsden (Convenor and host)