Lecture Reports

Philosophy, Democracy and the Demagogue

Or how Plato can help us deal with Donald Trump: Professor Angie Hobbs 24th March 2017 Angie Hobbs is the first academic to be appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy in the UK (if not the world). With demagoguery on the rise Professor Hobbs believes it is imperative to keep in mind the…

Inequality and Social Anxiety

Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson 5th February 2017 Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson are Professors of Epidemiology who have collaborated for several years to investigate data relating to inequality. Their 2009 book The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, which explored the effects of greater inequality within societies, became a surprise success and…

‘Are conductors really necessary?

Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra 1st October 2016 One of the oldest cultural societies in Hebden Bridge is undergoing something of a renaissance. The Hebden Bridge Literary and Scientific Society was founded in 1905, but grew directly from the aspirations of local Co-operative Society members and their links with Oxford University…

Dr Nicholas Cullinan: Picasso’s Portraits

12th November 2016 With an artist as prolific as Picasso there are always new ways to approach his work, perhaps as many ways of looking and thinking as he found ways of portraying. Dr Nicholas Cullinan is the recently appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery and returned to his home town of Hebden Bridge…