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ODD Discussion Group Autumn 08 Program

derek tatton
12 November 2008

Open Circle or The ODD Group
(Open Democracy Discussion Group)
Provisional Programme -  Autumn 2008
Tuesdays  at The Blue Mugge pub, Osborne St., Leek  19.30 for 19.45 >  21.15

Supported by WEA and U3A tutors and students.  Everybody welcome.  Come when you can.  Notes are provided (one side of A4) in advance for each session.  Some sessions are based on Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 In our Time (IoT).  We also use as a resource the www.opendemocracy.net (odn) and www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/thinkingallowed/ (TA)  plus occasionally a specific book, poem or art work.  Participants help with notes and chairing sessions.  No fee (buying drink/s at the bar keeps us going...).   The Group is non-party and unsectarian.  
For detailed background on the project, see  www.weacircle.blogspot.com  This project is now in its third year: we are networking and keen to extend contacts.   Some themes may lead to WEA day and/or residential courses, supported by the Raymond Williams Foundation (RWF).

9 Sept:    The World Food Emergency -  based on Paul Rogers’ odn article,

16 Sept:  Rape and the law:  ‘beyond reasonable doubt…’?  

23 Sept:  Islam - The Qur’an - text: peace, terror and politics (TV documentary, C4, July 08 and odn)

30 Sept:  Citizenship  -  engaging people across the generations… - 2nd session.
Against a background of unprecedented cynicism, how can we interest, energise, empower ‘ordinary people’ in the political process?    Through our network/s we will seek to discuss this widely, recording views with the aim of organising a high-profile Day School or residential on the theme.

7 Oct:      Open - to be decided (contemporary issue or  from themes below)

14 Oct:    Kierkegaard  Why? (IoT);

21 Oct:   Consciousness > Materialism (IoT)

28 Oct:   Going Nuclear (odn)  Climate Change - 5th session;

4 Nov:    Open - to be decided (contemporary issue or from themes below)

11 Nov:   ‘Culture is Ordinary’  based on a seminal 1960s essay  - 3rd session.

18 Nov:   Abstract Painting -  ‘anyone could do that!’.

25 Nov:   Murdoch and Branson -  model entrepeneurship?

2 Dec:     An up-date on The English Revolution (C17)

9 Dec:    Open - to be decided (contemporary issue or from themes below)

16 Dec:   Persistent Change  (TA)
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Other themes, for this term or the future:   The widening gap between rich and poor (odn)   Pets as Kin  (TA);   Good prose (Dr Johnson) and a good poem (Sylvia Plath) - why good?;  Aug 08 "Our Olympic Heroes" - what/who are heroes?";  Alternative Therapies - Why?;  English - the international language?  Faith Schools (2nd session);  The New Elites -  and Philanthropy  (TA);    Demographics -  grandparents…; John Milton - poet or politician (IoT);   The Age of Austerity - 1945 > 1951;  Cuba - revisited - 2nd session;  Wo/men - an up-date and review (TA); Liberal Adult Education - dead or mutating?   NATO vs Russia  (odn)  Scotland - and independence  (TA);   TV - The Oprah Phenomenon:  Dumbing-down, third session (TA);  Consumer Culture  - the triumph of triviality (New Internationalist essay, Apl 08).

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