DEBATE – DISCUSS – TALK – CONNECT – DECIDE – ACT

Monday 11th June

Manchester Histories and partners host a day of debating and discussing topics that have or are shaping our histories and society.

Manchester Central Library [Performance Space], St Peters Square M2 5PD / FREE  #DebateMcrHist

The ability to conceive, articulate, and evaluate di erent opinions remains not only the lifeblood of democracy, but essential for an engaged democratic society. Manchester Histories and partners host a day of exchanging di erent ideas and thoughts through debating, and discussing topics that have or are shaping our histories and society. So come along, share your views on all or some of the debates on offer.

We also open the floor for everyone to take part. The day will be streamed live via our twitter feed so you can join in the conversation. Or, why not organise your own discussion or debate in your own place, be it classroom, cafe, pub, or your own front room. Let us know what are debating, get involved, have your say. #DebateMcrHist

DEBATE 1: DOUBLE-DOWN DEVOLUTION

12noon-1.30pm

Devolution promised to open up new opportunities for community engagement and empowerment, shifting power from Whitehall to the Town Hall. One year on since the election of Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester, join Jam and Justice’s Action Research Collective to discuss the changing horizons of collective decision-making in Greater Manchester. @JamandJustice

DEBATE 2: CAPITALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS

2pm-3.30pm

Manchester is both the cradle of capitalism and a city that has shaped e orts to imagine a new, post-capitalist, world. In this, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, expert historians, policy advisors and economists from the department of History at The University of Manchester present a round table discussion on the history of capitalism and the di erent ways its discontents have sought to reform, escape or overthrow the system.

DEBATE 3: IS BALANCED AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION EVIDENT IN THE BRITISH STEM CURRICULA?

4:30pm-6pm

The Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation UK is a British educational organisation dedicated to exploring and promoting the cultural roots of science and inventions for social cohesion and inter- cultural appreciation. It presents a round table conversation that asks whether balance and inclusivity is evident in the British STEM Curricula.

DEBATE 4: HOW MANY ARTISTS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

6:30pm-8pm

Are artists being pushed further out of cities due to corporate pricing? Does a city without artists lose its identity? Do artists lose their agency in the city if they don’t have a physical place there? Can you occupy a city’s culture without a physical space? Artists Lauren Sagar, Eve Robertson and John-Paul Brown host an inclusive debate that asks how artists can maintain their presence in a rapidly developing city region such as Manchester.

Book a FREE ticket for any or all of the debates here.

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