Event: Hay – HowTheLightGetsIn, Sunday 2 June 2013
Free Thinking is BBC Radio 3's Festival of Ideas, and this summer, we're going on tour.
We'll be landing at How The Light Gets In to record a programme exploring the concept of love in the 21st century. How does love alter our brains and our bodies? What impact will social media and changing gender relations have on the future of love? Night Waves presenter Philip Dodd's guests will be Behavioural Scientist Dylan Evans; broadcaster Esther Rantzen, singer and writer Pat Kane, Costa-award winning novelist AL Kennedy; and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker Shahidha Bari.
10:30 – 11:30am
Globe Hall, Newport Street, Hay on Wye, Hereford. HR3 5BG
Admission is free but ticketed.
Event: London – My Night with Philosophers, Friday 7 June 2013
Institut français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
What is at stake in European union? Is it ‘simply’ a matter of economic & diplomatic co-operation, or is there a deeper cultural agenda?
Admission free - not ticketed, first come first served.
Event: York Festival of Ideas, Sunday 16 June 2013
The Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington East, Heslington, York, YO10 5GE
In the year that Richard III’s remains were identified beneath a Leicester Car Park, Free Thinking will be in York, the seat of his power, to debate how the Wars of the Roses shaped the country from the 15th century right up to the present day.
Radio 3’s Rana Mitter and a panel of top historians including the University of York’s Mark Ormrod will be exploring the legacy of the Wars of the Roses, from the tough choices and trauma ordinary people faced, to the role the conflict played in pushing England towards modernity.
Admission is free but ticketed.
Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivers the opening lecture of the festival. She argues that women leaders are better placed than men to sort out the crises of the 21st Century.
Aliens: The Ultimate Them and Us
How might the discovery of alien life change the way we think about humanity? Would it fundamentally affect how we understand ourselves and should we prepare for the consequences? Matthew Sweet is joined by leading scientists to discuss Aliens at the Free Thinking Festival 2012.
Evolution and Humanity - What Next?
Is the human race still evolving? Evolutionary biologist Mark Pagel has some fascinating theories about the future of humanity. Are we moving towards a world of one state and one language?
On the eve of the US election, Michael Ignatieff gives a talk on Enemies in Politics at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2012.
Islam and Christianity: The Essential Difference
Tom Holland and Mona Siddiqui discuss the essential difference between Islam and Christianity at the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival. Just how different are the two biggest world religions?
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