Contemporary History & Politic
Co-ordinator: Ed Mason
Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Friday, 10.30 – 12.00 noon, Castle Street Centre
We meet monthly to discuss issues raised by a book chosen and introduced by
members in turn. The issues raised are wide ranging, but all reflect critical issues
affecting our lives in the world today, at a national or global level.A group based on reading and discussing books which explore how the modern world is changing, both domestically and internationally, be that the environmental crisis, the growth of consumer capitalism, the rise of China, the impact of social media and the internet, Brexit, Trump, tax havens and international finance or racism and the refugee crisis.
Members take it in turn to select a book, which others can then read before the next meeting. The person choosing the text will then introduce the book and its main ideas, and lead a discussion.
During Covid-19 the group has continued to meet online using Zoom, and enjoyed wide ranging discussions. Zoom is not ideal, but on balance most members feel that the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. We expect to continue meeting by Zoom for some time, until social distancing regulations allow for comfortable group meetings indoors again.