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The award-winning documentary "Inside Peace" is about three criminal offenders marked by generations of violence, addiction, and poor social conditions who attend the Peace Class in a Texas prison, where they struggle to discover their humanity, improve their outlook on life, and rebuild their lives from the inside out.
“These stories bleed through Inside Peace, and they are crucial to it, but they’re only part of what the film is about. The men manage to take the message to heart that they have value as people – no simple lesson… This is where, for the viewer, the awe comes in.” —Peace Behind Barbed Wire by Robert Koehler, Huffington Post
“…that extraordinarily powerful film that we watched earlier will have an impact on the way in which I look at every prison I inspect in the coming months and years.”
Peter Clarke, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Post screening Q&A about The Peace Education Program
Professor Alec Ryrie is one of the UK’s most prominent historians and theologians, whose work considers the cultural and theological history of the Reformation. His recent book, Protestants: The Radicals who Made the Modern World (2017) explores the history of Protestant belief, from Martin Luther’s 1517 rebellions against the Catholic Church, to the present day. In this paper, he will explore how radical belief can shape, and be shaped by, emotions, identities and spiritualities.
Artist, curator and writer Alnoor Mitha will present an overview of his artistic journey - from being on a Commonwealth Scholarship at Baroda (India) to being Founding Artistic Director of the Asia Triennial Manchester (2008 to present) and curating the 2016 Colombo Art Biennial, Sri Lanka.
Alnoor investigates issues surrounding the international Asian Diaspora and cosmopolitan communities in urban and inner city conurbations, challenging politics of identity, race, belonging and migration. He has developed richly vibrant confluences between UK and Asian arts, through seminal exhibitions, books and events, highlighting the impact of cultural diversity on our living heritage.
Alnoor has supported and presented innovative work by emerging and internationally renowned artists including Subodh Gupta, Nalini Malani from India, Rashid Rana, Imran Qureshi from Pakistan and Shamsia Hassani from Afghanistan.
Liverpool Humanists Darwin Day event this year is a public talk given by evolutionary ecologist, Chris Hassall.
Chris explains what his talk 'Why Evolution is True' will cover:
'While long accepted as scientific fact (indeed, a core component of our understanding of the world), evolutionary biology is still contentious in some non-scientific circles. I will explore some of the evidence for evolution, drawing on cutting edge experiments and discoveries from multiple fields within biology including paleontology, genetics, and experimental evolution.'
'These experiments contradict many of the common arguments against evolution, highlighting evolutionary biology as an empirical, predictive framework without which it is not possible to understand the world around us.'
'Along the way I will respond to some common problems that people have with evolution and equip the audience with new tools to help discuss the topic in an informed and balanced manner.'
'I will also present some social sciences data on why certain groups of people tend not to believe in evolution and discuss some of the ways in which we can communicate science more effectively when scientific topics might be controversial for an audience.'
Dr Chris Hassall is a Lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Leeds. There, he conducts research on a number of topics within ecology and evolutionary biology, including biological responses to climate change, urbanisation, and invasive species; the evolution of ageing, camouflage, and mimicry; the ecology of ponds; links between biodiversity and human health; and technology-led projects on biological monitoring. Chris has published over 50 scientific papers and sometimes ends up in the media talking about wider scientific issues such as climate change and dowsing.