The May 2014 Salon was a discussion of Education Secretary Michael Gove’s war against ‘The Blob’ – his name for left wing teachers and teacher trainers.
In April 2014, the East Midlands Salon hosted a discussion entitled ‘The politics of sport’.
This Salon discussion was introduced by Geoff Kidder – the Membership and Events Director at the Institute of Ideas and their resident expert on all matters sporting and will ask ‘Should we kick politics out of sport?
By way of introduction Geoff says: Continue reading
In March 2014 the East Midlands Salon hosted a discussion entitled ‘Safeguarding vulnerable adults – the State in your living room?’.
This Salon discussion was introduced by Barbara Hewson – a leading barrister based in London who practises civil liberties, public and regulatory law. She has a particular interest in autonomy and in reproductive rights. She has long been an outspoken critic of legal paternalism, and fought a successful campaign to halt the practice of court-ordered Caesareans in the U.K. She regularly writes for spiked. Continue reading
In February 2014 the East Midlands Salon hosted a discussion entitled ‘Is ‘community’ dead?‘.
Our speaker was Dave Clements, author of many publications including “Society Wars” (IOI, 2012), “Social Care for Free Citizens” (Manifesto Club, 2010) and “The Future of Community”(Pluto, 2008). Dave convenes the Social Policy Forum at the Institute of Ideas and blogs for the Guardian, the Independent and Huffington Post. As an introduction to his talk, he writes: Continue reading
At the December Salon the East Midlands Salon is hosting its second ‘Balloon Debate‘.
At this festive event Salon regulars and others will defend their favourite books as they metaphorically float heavenwards in a balloon. The Salon will vote on their attempts and, one by one, they will be thrown out of the balloon until we have a winner….come along and join in the fun!
The 26 September 2013 sees the 25th anniversary of the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. Rushdie has argued that it could not be published today. Have publishers become cowardly and writers taken to consciously or unconsciously engaging in self-censorship? The furore over the publication of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane or more recently of Sherry Jones’ The Jewel of Medina showed the politically correct watchdogs in the academy are at the forefront of the modern literary censorship as much as any mad mullahs. Continue reading
On Wednesday 19 June at 7 PM in the The Parlour, The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU: http://www.everards.co.uk/our-pubs/the-brunswick-inn-derby, lawyer and educationalist Richard Harris will introduce our next Salon topic and give us his ‘modern guide to witch hunting’
Witches and wiccans are now accepted as normal religious figures. The classic text Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of the Witches) could be dispatched to the dustbin of history. But today there is a moral crusade against led not by priests but by the press and all ”right thinking people against new demons. Who are they and what can we learn from Malleus Maleficarum about the new witches and the witch hunters?
The Leveson Effect: a good thing for press freedom?
Speaker: Peter Lloyd, with a response by Dennis Hayes
7 PM on Wednesday 15 May 2013 in The Parlour, The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, DE1 2RU: http://www.everards.co.uk/our-pubs/the-brunswick-inn-derby Continue reading
At the next Salon on Wednesday 17 April at 7 PM in the ‘Parlour Room’ of The Brunswick Inn, 1 Railway Terrace, Derby, Professor Jonathan Powers will give talk with the interesting title ‘Enlightening Personalities’
Jonathan has started writing a series of mini-biographies of Enlightenment period figures associated in some way with Derby (or Derbyshire). They are based on public lectures he’s given to mark anniversaries of births and deaths. The first two are out already – “Henry Cavendish – the man who ‘weighed’ the Earth” and “Benjamin Franklin and Darwin’s ‘Lunaticks'” but they are available only at selected outlets ! (Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby Cathedral, Erasmus Darwin House in Lichfield, Chatsworth, and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.) Four more are planned which will discuss the work and ideas of Thomas Hobbes, ‘Mad Madge’ Cavendish, John Flamsteed, John Whitehurst, James Ferguson, Erasmus Darwin, and Herbert Spencer. But what is so special about ‘anniversaries’ and why choose a particular location like Derby ? Is telling the extraordinary stories of these very different personalities, who happened to have been this way at some point, a proper way to go to about the history of ideas, or is Jonathan simply contributing to the construction of a narrative for the local ‘heritage industry’ ? Should we persuade him to stop or should he go on?