At The Gallery, Farringdon, London
70/77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ.
(near Farringdon Tube station)
note new start time at 6.45 p.m. to 8.45 p.m.
We suggest you arrive 15 minutes beforehand in order to settle in with your glass of wine.
Entrance fee: £3 (£2 concessions)
Monday May 20th 2013 - WHISTLEBLOWING: the consequences of dissent with Professor Gavin MacFadyen
Organisations cannot be held to account unless they are open to internal criticism, yet despite measures such as the Public Interest Disclosure Act, individuals within the UK’s institutions, public bodies and corporations are subject to severe gagging constraints. Whistleblowers are heavily penalised, both through mechanisms such as the Official Secrets Act and the Confidentiality Clauses built into employment agreements, and informally through loss of status and income, and social ostracism. How can they be protected, and encouraged to come forward despite the practical and psychological pressures that they face? Gavin MacFadyen will discuss these problems with us. He is Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism and has researched, directed and produced investigative programmes in numerous countries around the world. He is currently Visiting Professor at City University, London, and a founder of the broad-support lobbying group, Whistleblowers UK which was launched in 2012.
Monday 10 June 2013 - THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF INEQUALITY with Danny Dorling
Societies all over the world are experiencing spiralling inequality, led by countries such as the US and Britain, which reached their high-water mark of equality in the 1970s, only to head firmly and swiftly in the opposite direction ever since. They relaxed the controls over corporations and high finance, allowing the rich to become super-rich without caring about their impact on the poor or the planet - and ultimately plunged the whole world into economic crisis. But it does not have to be that way. Danny Dorling is Professor of Human Geography at Sheffield University and an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty, concentrating on social and spatial inequalities to life chances both in Britain and further afield, and he has published more than a dozen books on issues relating to social inequalities. He will look at countries that have bucked the trend towards greater inequality and market mayhem and will propose some key ways in which we can restore levels of greater equality that would sustain us all.