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Tues 7 January 2020Claire Ainsley

The New Working Class: How to win hearts, minds and votes with Claire Ainsley.

Claire's talk will focus on the use of data on public attitudes to set out a new policy platform to win over what is termed the new working class.

She argues that what it means to be working class today has changed due to the nature of our modern society and economy, and she uses the Great British Class Survey to redefine working class.

Data about the concerns, interests and values of this new working class is then used to set out what political parties trying to connect with these voters should do, and what policies and issues are most important to them.

Claire Ainsley is Executive Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, leading JRF's strategy to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty.

She is a trustee of Involve, the public participation charity.

More information on her book The New Working Class: how to win hearts, mind and votes can be found here: www.newworkingclass.uk.

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

Mon 13 January

Philosophy Group - Time, or what happened before Time began?. 7.30pm, in the Chapter Room of the Cross Keys, 34 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LF.

Wed 22 January

Book Group - The Madness of Crowds, by Douglas Murray. 8.00pm in The Black Swan, 23 Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR.

Tues 4 February 2020Neil Bruce

Defusing an Explosive Issue: Engineering GM plants to remove explosives and other pollutants from the biosphere with Professor Neil Bruce, Department of Biology, University of York.

There is an increasing pressure to reclaim land for redevelopment and agricultural use that has been contaminated by persistent organic and elemental pollutants. Organic pollutants are mostly anthropogenic that have historically arisen from old traditional industrial processes but pollution still continues to arise from sources such as accidental spillages from chemical industries, agriculture and military activities. Numerous organic pollutants, a typical example being the explosive TNT, are highly recalcitrant to degradation, toxic and can persist in the environment for many years. Toxic inorganic pollutants occur as natural elements in the earth and activities such as mining promote their release into the environment. The lack of affordable and effective cleanup technologies that can be used over large areas of land requires the development of novel low cost sustainable processes. Recent interest has focused on the use of plants, as they have a remarkable ability to extract compounds and metals from soil and water, while their penetrative root systems enable them to interrogate a diverse range of environments.

Plants are exposed on a daily basis to toxic compounds and their survival from exposure to these harmful substances depends on inducible detoxification systems. In this talk, I will give examples on how an understanding of the mechanisms of plant detoxification and the use of genetic engineering can lead to robust plant systems suitable for environmental cleanup. I will also discuss how we are developing these GM plants for remediation of explosives contaminated land on US military sites.

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

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 2020

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

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

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 2020

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

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

Tues 5 May 2020

How can we show more empathy for animals? - Understanding the sentience of all animals, including fish. with Annie Evans

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.

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