Lecture One: What is Science and Why Should We Care? Science, Scepticism and Free Speech series

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

SCIENCE, SCEPTICISM and FREE SPEECH  The Free Speech Union is delighted to host a series of lectures and discussions in partnership with  Sense About Science, an independent charity that promotes the public interest in sound science and evidence.  Critical thinking, open inquiry and the freedom to question have been fundamental to the development of the […]

Race, Identity Politics and the New Conformity.

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Race, identity politics and the new conformity  DATE: Monday 18th March  VENUE: The Hall, The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT  TIME: Event starts 7.30pm (doors open 7pm, please arrive by 7.15pm).  FREE GLASS OF WINE ON ARRIVAL.  IN-PERSON TICKETS: FSU members £10. Non-FSU Members £16. Aged 25 and under £12. Discount tickets […]

Understanding Tyranny and Liberty: Lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville and J.S. Mill

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Understanding Tyranny and Liberty: Lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville and J.S. Mill  With Guest Lecturer Professor Jeremy Jennings   Prior to the nineteenth century many writers were aware that autocratic states reduced individuals to silence and obedience through fear and the threat of punishment. When visiting the United States in the early 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville […]

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Disinformation, Misinformation and the Freedom to Dissent

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Hybrid Hybrid Event

How do we stop disinformation and misinformation being weaponised to suppress dissent? So-called disinformation and misinformation have been singled out by many governments, institutions, charities and commercial businesses as a threat to democracy, requiring widespread censorship. Is this a genuine concern, or just an excuse to suppress dissenting points of view on issues like the […]

Free Speech and the Right to Protest

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom
Virtual Event Virtual Event

Join us for an in-person event in central London, or online if you prefer, to explore the lines between freedom of speech and the right to protest. Most of us can agree that freedom of speech and the right to protest are fundamental to democracy but our shared notions of what is permissible are often […]

Securing Academic Freedom

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together those interested in protecting academic freedom in the UK to share knowledge and best practice on how to secure change from within – how to navigate university governance structures, committees, policies and other such impediments (and opportunities) in order to nurture a culture of academic freedom […]

The New Puritans – Andrew Doyle Book Launch

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Join us for an exclusive in-person event in central London, or online if you prefer, to celebrate the publication of Andrew Doyle's latest book 'The New Puritans: How the Religion of Social Justice Captured the Western World'. Amongst his many accomplishments, Andrew Doyle is the author of ‘Free Speech And Why It Matters’, the creator of woke icon Titania McGrath and co-creator […]

FSU Arts Forum: Standing Up for Freedom of Expression Across the Arts

The Art Workers' Guild 6 Queen Square, London, United Kingdom

Following the success of two initial FSU Arts Forums, one in London and the other in Glasgow, we invite artists, performers, writers, curators, architects, designers and others involved in the arts, to join a panel-led discussion on Standing Up for Freedom of Expression Across the Arts. We are all familiar with stories of artists having their […]