Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan have been leading the campaign for Equal Civil Partnerships since 2014 when they were refused a civil partnership at their local registry office. They ask, should Civil Partnerships be open to both mixed-sex as well as same-sex couples, and what are the implications?
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Thinking on Sunday was launched as a new series of events with different themes to the Sunday Lectures. These interesting and stimulating sessions have a talk or presentation followed by Q&A, debate and discussion. The speakers are experts in their field, and/or have a passion for subject. Especially popular with our ethical society members, Thinking on Sunday is open to the public and promises to motivate and nourish the mind!
Nina Edwards, author of Darkness, a Cultural History, reveals how the idea of darkness pervades art, literature, religion and every aspect of our everyday language.
Thinking on Sunday: Depression in a Digital Age – The Highs and Lows of Perfectionism | Sunday 10th February
Depression in a Digital Age author Fiona Thomas traces her life dealing with anxiety and the subsequent depression, and how a digital life helped her find her community, find her voice, find herself.
Thinking on Sunday: The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far Right Extremism | Sunday 24th February
Julia Ebner shows how far right and Islamist extremists have succeeded in penetrating each other’s echo chambers as a result of their mutually useful messages. Her book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalisation and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed in the UK, Europe and the US, with potentially disastrous consequences for all.
Thinking on Sunday: Digital Control – Surveillance and Power in the Age of Big Data | Sunday 10th March
The corporate world is watching us, but why does no one watch them? Peter Bloom reveals pervasive monitoring practices which mask how at its heart, the elite remains socially and ethically out of control.
Using data from twenty years of conversations including first dates, crisis negotiation, sales encounters and medical communication, social psychologist Elizabeth Stokoe will change the way you think about talk, and explain the big pay-offs to understanding conversation scientifically.
In 1919 Nancy Astor was elected as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in the House of Commons. Rachel Reeves MP writes of the inspirational achievements of women in parliament over the course of the past 100 years.