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All British people love tea. Prisoners all have playstations. Money = Success. Feminists don’t wear pink… Join us for all these and some other lies at an evening of talks and activities that will challenge your perceptions, stimulate conversations and make you see things in a new light.
To generalise, or not to generalise...
Martina Rosola (Philosophy)
"Italians eat pasta", "British are polite", "Philosophers are absent-minded". We use sentences like these every day, but what do they really mean? Martina will identify the features of these sentences and clarify some (tricky!) aspects of their meaning. To do this, she will show scenes from movies and ask the audience some questions, involving all the participants in the search for answers.
Watching the Women’s World Cup
The 2019 Women's World Cup in France will be the 8th edition of the tournament since it was first held in 1991. However, women's football has been played for over a century, so why has it taken so long for the women's game to reach a global audience? What can we learn from the ways in which women's participation in football has been discussed, portrayed and banned over the decades? David will focus on the situation in Brazil and Argentina, both of which will be present at the Women's World Cup in France, to explore the wider situation.
What's the point of prison?
Dr Cormac Behan (Lecturer of Law)
This talk begins by considering the objectives of imprisonment. It examines why the prison has emerged as a form of punishment and surveys the place of prison in twenty first century society. It locates the prison in a wider social, political and historical context. The talk will conclude by examining whether the prison is an overused form of punishment in the modern criminal justice system and will ask the audience to reflect on the question: What’s the point of prison?
The science of happiness: finding meaning in life and work
Dr Andrew Bryce (Economics)
How meaningful is your job? And does that matter? Using evidence from the UK and US, Dr Andrew Bryce will show how some jobs are perceived as being much more worthwhile or meaningful than others. He will explore what meaningfulness actually means and how this affects the careers we choose.