Thinking Liverpool

A Weekly Newsletter of Talks, Debates & Interesting Events

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Gary Younge Discusses "Another Day in the Death of America"

Monday 26th Sept. 2016, Waterstones Liverpool One

Guardian journalist and author Gary Younge will be reading from and discussing "Another Day in the Death of America". Described by Naomi Klein as "Younge's masterwork" it is a powerful, moving and important book on the effect of gun crime on children in the US.

On Saturday 23 November 2013 ten children were shot dead. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. They fell in suburbs, hamlets and ghettos. None made the national news. It was just another day in the death of America, where on average seven children and teens are killed by guns daily. Younge picked this day at random, searched for their families and tells their stories. What emerges is a sobering, searing, portrait of youth and guns in contemporary America. This is a book which will lead the news agenda on publication and leave the reader knocked sideways by its emotional power.

Gary Younge will be in conversation with Madeline Heneghan, co-director of Liverpool's "Writing On The Wall" festival.

Ticket required.

Dennis McNulty in Conversation with Matthew de Abaitua

Tuesday 27th Sept. 2016, Bluecoat

De Abaitua's recent novel "If Then" draws on the war diaries of Wirral-born science-fiction writer and philosopher Olaf Stapledon.

Ticket required.

When rock ‘n’ roll came to Liverpool 60 years ago...

Wednesday 28th Sept. 2016, University of Liverpool in London

When rock ‘n’ roll came to Liverpool 60 years ago or how Rock around the Clock (1956) was not the moral panic it is believed to have been by Dr. Yannis Tzioumakis

In March 1956 the film Rock around the Clock (Sears) was released in American theatres with great commercial success by Columbia Pictures. A low-budget production made in just 2 weeks the film rushed to exploit the remarkable success of the song “Rock around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets (1955) that had sold millions of copies. Featuring a schematic narrative and a whopping 17 songs by the band and other well-known recording artists of the era, the film was credited as the first ‘teenpic’, specifically addressing (and exploiting) its young audiences who had embraced rock ‘n’ roll music (and dancing) as their own and as fundamentally different from the music of older generations.

However, the release of the film was accompanied by reports of widespread riots by American youth, with a number of cinemas refusing to screen the film and with local councils in various cities and towns in the US banning the film. By the time the film was released in the UK approximately 6 months later, on 11 September 2016, and for the following weeks, British newspapers reported similar stories with a number of local councils, especially in the North West, banning the film. And while in few cases some young people were arrested for ‘unruly’ and ‘aggressive’ behaviour’ during and after the few screenings of the film before it was banned, in most cases, young people’s behaviour extended to singing their words of the song during the screening and trying to dance in the theatres aisles, which is far from the rioting that was widely reported.

Registration required.

The stigma of poverty: challenges, interventions and possibilities

Thursday 29th Sept. 2016, Scottish Parliament Building

What is the impact of poverty stigma?
How have campaigns such as Scotland’s own Stick Your Labels campaign sought to address and reduce poverty stigma?
What role can policy makers, employers and academics take here?
And what more can and should be done?

This roundtable will provide an invaluable opportunity to explore the latest research evidence on poverty stigma, and to discuss possible strategies that can be employed to address and mitigate this stigma. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and we would very much value your participation.

Registration required.

Another Version of Events: Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) and Q&A with Mark Leckey

Thursday 29th Sept. 2016, FACT

Biennial artist Mark Leckey’s career defining work, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, is the subject of this screening. Taking found footage of British dance halls, discos and raves of the 70s, 80s and 90s, Leckey charts changes in style through the decades in a hypnotic video collage. Evolving British culture is set to an ambient soundtrack; dance moves are slowed down and looped in a tightly edited reverie on the power and freedom of youth. Followed by other short works.

Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore is screened alongside Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America (1992) Craig Baldwin's "pseudo-pseudo-documentary", which presents a factual chronicle of US intervention in Latin America in the form of the ultimate far-right conspiracy theory, combining covert action, environmental catastrophe, space aliens, cattle mutilations, killer bees, religious prophecy, doomsday diatribes, and just about every other crackpot theory broadcast through the dentures of the modern paranoiac. Tribulation 99 is selected by Mark Leckey for his artistic affinities with the cult classic.

After the films Mark Leckey will be present for an intimate Q&A session with all attendees.

Another Version of Events is the official Liverpool Biennial 2016 film programme. A selection of films influenced by genres including sci-fi, mockumentary, pseudo-documentary, mockbuster and ethnofiction is being screened every week throughout the Biennial.

Ticket required.

Reclaiming The City: From Consumer to Citizen

Wednesday 5th Oct. 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool

Engage’s Seminar Series 2016 is focusing on how city centre residents can challenge and change prevailing attitudes around consumerism, individualism and fatalism and in the process become citizens, neighbours and collaborators in governing the city.
The first installment of this series will look at shifting the debate around people from being consumers to being citizens.
National speaker Jon Alexander of The New Citizen Project will begin the transformational series.
Registration required. Attendees will be asked to pay a refundable £2.50 to secure their place at the seminar, this can then be refunded upon registration at the event.

Why is investing in science and higher education essential for civil society?

Tuesday 11th Oct. 2016, Leggate Theatre

Dame Julia Goodfellow, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent, and President, Universities UK will discuss the societal benefits for investing in science and higher education.

Registration required.

Philosophy in the Gallery – Memory and Art

Wednesday 12th Oct. 2016, Victoria Gallery

Question how can art assist with stimulating memory, coping with trauma and bereavement.

Free event, no registration required.

Art in Hospitals – The Aesthetics of Wellbeing: A Discussion

Thursday 13th Oct. 2016, Victoria Gallery

What role does art play in making people better? Can artworks make hospitals a better place? Sociologist Prof. David Pilgrim, the philosopher Dr. Panayiota Vassilopoulou and Nicky Duirs, Arts for Health Lead at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, will consider these questions from an array of academic, practitioner and patient perspectives.

Free event, no registration required.

Sleeping Giants: Theories of Sleep in Art and Philosophy from Ancient Greece to the Present Night

Friday 14th Oct. 2016, Tate Liverpool

Alexi Penzin and Matthew Fuller consider sleep as a point of resistance towards late capitalism.

Registration required.

Reclaiming the City: From Stranger to Neighbour

Wednesday 19th Oct. 2016, Aloft Liverpool Hotel

Engage’s Seminar Series 2016 is focusing on how city centre residents can challenge and change prevailing attitudes around consumerism, individualism and fatalism and in the process become citizens, neighbours and collaborators in governing the city.
The second installment of this series will focus on enabling residents who often feel themselves to be strangers to understand how they can become neighbours.
The first of two international speakers, Atanase Perifan, the founder of European Neighbours Day, will be discussing.
Registration required. Attendees will be asked to pay a refundable £2.50 to secure their place at the seminar, this can then be refunded upon registration at the event.

Reclaiming The City: From Consultation to Collaboration

Wednesday 2nd Nov. 2016, Victoria Gallery

Engage’s Seminar Series 2016 is focusing on how city centre residents can challenge and change prevailing attitudes around consumerism, individualism and fatalism and in the process become citizens, neighbours and collaborators in governing the city.
The final installment of this transformational series will look at the question of how cities are governed.
The final speaker will be Dr Christian Iaione, who is Professor of Public Law at the Marconi University in Rome and whose final seminar will be about how people are bringing about real change in Bologna and other Italian cities.
Registration required. Attendees will be asked to pay a refundable £2.50 to secure their place at the seminar, this can then be refunded upon registration at the event.

Ignite Liverpool - Inspiring Liverpool

Wednesday 2nd Nov. 2016, LEAF Tea Shop

Ignite showcases Liverpool's movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire.

Registration required.