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What's On

Mon 10 February

Philosophy Group - Sharing the earth’s limited resources. 7.30pm, in the Chapter Room of the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Tues 3 March 2020Sarah Bryan

Leaving Faith – the experience of a Jehovah’s Witness with Sarah Bryan.

Sarah was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and remained active within this faith until she was 29 years of age.

She says:

At that point my life changed beyond recognition as I stepped out of 'The Truth' and into 'The World'.

I will be sharing my personal experience, helped along by baffling JW jargon, while giving consideration to just some of the questions that arise when considering faith.

  • What does faith mean to the believer?
  • To what extent do individuals in a faith community consider, analyse and discuss the theology or is community and 'belonging' more absorbing?
  • Can believers and non-believers find common ground?

This also provides an opportunity to ask questions about a group which is somewhat illusive despite being so publicly visible.

Sarah Bryan works as a consultant trauma and attachment therapist with children, young people and families. She is a wife, mother and atheist.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Wed 18 March

Book Group - Adventures in the Anthropocene, by Gaia Vince. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Mon 30 March

Philosophy Group - How can Humanism spread without being (like) a religion?. 7.30pm, in the Chapter Room of the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Tues 7 April 2020Deak Kirkham

Six faces of Language - What makes language language? with Deak Kirkham

Language - like love, money, religion and politics - has many faces and is a central concern for communication studies, literature, cognitive science and of course linguistics. This short talk, which takes an explicitly linguistic perspective on language, identifies six faces of language.

Rich in data and examples, and showcasing the surprising, the mysterious and the it-was-right-there-in-front-of-you-all-the-time-but-you-never-noticed-it dimensions of language, attendees will leave with a heightened understand of the complexity, systematicity and pervasiveness of language.

Deak Kirkham has a BA in English Language and Linguistics, an MA in Syntax and Semantics and is slowly tottering towards a PhD in language learner interaction and identity.

A Lecturer at the University of Leeds, his ongoing fascination with language(s), languaging, lexis and linguistics sustains him in the turbulent vicissitudes of the 21st century Human Experience.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 5 May 2020Annie Evans

More empathy for animals? - Understanding the sentience of all animals, including fish. with Annie Evans

Animal suffering is a diverse and immense issue. Every day, 130 billion animals are confined to a life of misery on factory farms, and an estimated 73-180 billion fish are farmed in torturous conditions each year. This magnitude of suffering inflicted by human beings is highly inconsistent with the amount we donate to certain animal advocacy groups, with a more considerable amount of our charitable giving going towards funding animal shelters.

All animals feel pain, so, as a nation of animal lovers, why do we neglect all those beings who are destined to suffer within the animal agriculture industry?

The Humane League is a leading international animal protection charity, working to end the abuse of animals raised for food by influencing the policies of the world’s biggest companies, demanding legislation, and empowering others to take action and leave animals off their plates.

Annie Evans is the European Corporate Relations Coordinator with The Humane League UK. As part of her role, she meets with representatives of Europe's leading food industry companies to encourage the implementation of higher animal welfare policies. She also supports the work of the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of over 70 animal protection groups founded by The Humane League, who work tirelessly to end the cruel cage confinement for egg-laying hens.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 2 June 2020

Apartheid and its aftermath: a personal perspective with David Maughan-Brown

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 7 July 2020

Arthur Schopenhauer with John Pittock.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 4 August 2020

TBA.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 1 September 2020

TBA.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

Tues 6 October 2020Tom McLeish

Faith in Science with Professor Tom McLeish.

7.30pm to 9.00pm, in the Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

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