Update for Monday 13th March 2017

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Professor Guillen will firstly discuss how risk is defined and measured and will look at the concept of risk aversion and highlight how insurance companies’ calculate the price of a policy based on risk evaluations.

She will then move onto the impact of digital information, such as: personalised ratemaking and GPS data analysis which allows the creation of usage-based motor insurance and aim to convey that too much information may challenge the limits of risk-sharing, which constitutes the basis of insurance agreements.

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Radical right-wing populist parties, such as Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom, Marine Le Pen’s National Front or Nigel Farage’s UKIP, are becoming increasingly influential in Western European democracies. Their electoral support is growing, their impact on policy-making is substantial, and in recent years several radical right-wing populist parties have assumed office or supported minority governments.
In this talk Sarah de Lange addresses these developments, and examines what they mean for liberal democracy. She will focus especially on the Dutch case, as the elections in the Netherlands, which Wilders’ PVV predicted to win, take place on March 15.

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Julian Doyle is a writer, director, photographer, editor, movie special-effects creator. He is most famous for editing the Monty Python films and for shooting the effects for Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and Brazil, which he also edited.

His occult movie, Chemical Wedding, has become a cult classic and his acclaimed play, Twilight of the Gods, about the tumultuous relationship between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the composer Richard Wagner, was described by the magazine Philosophy Now as ‘Masterful’.

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Is it time to do democracy differently? Can we fix our broken politics?

Come and meet the author of The End of Politicians and hear about the alternative to our tired electoral democracy, about the groups experimenting with new ways of doing democracy (in particular the UK's first G1000) and the campaign to institute this democratic alternative by putting deliberating, informed, ordinary citizens back into politics.

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LJMU recently signed up to the ECU Race Charter and is forming a University-wide Race Charter working group to progress activities around Race Equality.

The ECU Race Charter Award recognises, promotes and rewards good practice in the recruitment, retention and progression of staff and students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities.

The Race Charter activities will be launched with a symposium entitled Keeping Race Equality on the Agenda.

The Race Charter Working Group will be chaired by Professor Robin Leatherbarrow, Pro-Vice Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer who is also the chair of the University Athena Swan working group. There will be opportunities for interactive question and answer with the speakers.

Registration required.

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In this year’s annual Collinson Lecture with Professor Patrick Stevenson migrants reflect on how their experience with language has shaped their transnational lifeworlds in Berlin; the multicultural and multilingual city in the heart of Europe.

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A discussion about the heritage of anti-slavery campaigning.

Campaigns to abolish slavery throughout the British Empire were fought and won in the early decades of the nineteenth century. After 1833, campaigners turned to the wider world and the goal of universal emancipation.

This event brings together the authors of two important books about British anti-slavery efforts to discuss what happened next and how anti-slavery campaigns existed within, interacted with, and often reinforced the cause of Empire.

Where does the post-emancipation period fit into our broader historical understanding of anti-slavery campaigning? How can we understand contemporary efforts to end the global trade in human lives in the context of this rich and complicated history?

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In this public lecture and debate, we will consider the challenges posed by the Trump presidency. Does the Trump administration differ from previous administrations? How? How novel are this administration’s immigration policies compared to those of the Obama and Bush administrations? Is the new ‘Muslim Ban’ legal? How does Trump intend to ‘counter’ terrorism? What do his views on torture, on Guantanamo and on secret detention tell us about his attitude to enemies, to power, to constitutional and international law?

Besides providing analysis of the legality and implications of Trump’s more controversial policies, we want to pose to you some questions: Is Trump the post-truth President? Can the Constitution constrain Trump? Is Trump a threat to hard won liberties?

Registration required.

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History is still being made at our worlds first passenger railway station.

We will discuss; our transport connections past present and future and the highs and lows of our Merseyside transport system, from walkability to high-speed rail and airports.

At the end of the day we will have decided on actions to take forward within our own communities and organisations and noted organisations wishing to update our website with their activities based on the days activities.

At State of the City 2016 there was a major request that Merseyside Civic Society arrange a discussion and public meeting with Merseytravel to develop a campaign on a range of transport related issues including the better integration of trains buses and ferries and the integration of transport planning with urban design and future development include active support of existing campaigns on cycling and pedestrian movement and safety

Registration required.

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