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17 Oct - How to Save the World

At Leeds Metropolitan University

Politics for change

A Half day student conference, October 17th 2007 organised by the Politics for Change group which consists of members of the School of Applied Global Ethics, The Praxis Centre, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Cultural Studies and Politics.

The aim is to link modules, students, tutors and activities together and to enable an enhanced learning experience.

The conference will include workshops, key note speakers and up to 200 students. Students are being encouraged to hold workshops on campaigning issues involving groups such as Friends of the Earth; CND; Amnesty International, Oxfam and People and Planet. The aim is to help students organise themselves and become active agents for change. It will also bring together tutors who teach on related courses such as Politics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Cultural Studies, Peace and Conflict and International Development.

There will be no formal teaching that afternoon across the courses.  It will be a focus time for students, staff and different agencies, practitioners and activists to meet and exchange ideas.  The conference topics build on the work that has been completed in tutorials and sets the scene for the level of discussion expected throughout the course.

In the evening there will be an event at which the comedian and political activist Mark Thomas has agreed to speak. Mark was recently made a visiting Fellow with the International Faculty.

Daytime Programme - James Graham Building, Headingley Campus

12.45 - 1.15 Arrival and refreshments - Lecture Theatre C, James Graham Building, Headingley Campus
 1.15 - 1.25 Welcome and introductions
 1.25 - 2.10 Bimal Kumar - "Popular education praxis in social justice movements"
 2.10 - 2.55
Lindis Percy
from CAAB - "Can Activists Change Anything?"
 3.00 - 3.30 Break
 3.30 - 4.30 Workshops run by local campaigning groups including:
Friends of the Earth,
CND,Leeds Amnesty,
People and Planet, etc. ....
 4.30 - 5.00 Break
 5.00 - 5.45 Question Time with panel of Academic Staff Chaired by Jo Bishop (panel: Dorron Otter, Erika Laredo, Oriel Kenny, Steve Wright)
Evening Programme - Student Union, Civic Quarter
 6.45 - 8.00 Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas -
"Creating Change by Confronting Power"
8.00 onwards Steve Cockerill compares: Andy Shades (singer songwriter) Rory McLeod (singer songwriter) and Johnny Solstice (poet)

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