Monday, 29 September 2014

Programme for Autumn 2014

We have two meetings planned during the autumn:

THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER 2014, 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)
Title: “The Obstacles to Teaching”
Speaker: Andrew Smith
Place: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.

Speaker bio: Andrew Smith is a maths teacher and a Labour activist in Coventry. Under the pen name Andrew Old, he writes the highly influential “Scenes from the Battleground” blog, which discusses a wide range of teaching-related issues:
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/. Earlier this year, he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 discussion programme, “One to One”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b046kwpx.

THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2014, 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)
Title: “After the general election: What awaits an incoming Labour government in 2015?”
Speaker: Patrick Diamond
Place: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.

Speaker bio: Patrick Diamond is Lecturer in Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. He is Vice-Chair of Policy Network, a European progressive think-tank. He is also Gwilym Gibbon Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. He is the former Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street and Senior Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister where he focused on education and skills policy. Patrick has spent ten years as a Special Adviser in various roles at the heart of British Government, including No.10 Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, and the Northern Ireland Office, and was a local councillor in Southwark. His recent publications include: Social Justice in the Global Age (with Olaf Cramme, 2009); After the Third Way (with Olaf Cramme, 2012); and Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens, 2006).

All are welcome at our meetings: do please pass this message on. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Ben

Ben Ferrett
Secretary, Warwickshire Fabian Society

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Speaker meeting on R H Tawney: Wednesday 25 June

Details of our next speaker meeting are as follows:

SPEAKER: Dr Lawrence Goldman, Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford
TITLE: “R H Tawney’s Opposition to Fabian Socialism”
DATE: WEDNESDAY 25 June 2014
TIME: 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)
PLACE: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.


Dr Lawrence Goldman

Speaker bio: Dr. Lawrence Goldman has been Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at St. Peter’s College, Oxford since 1990, and teaches British and American History there. Since 2004 he has also been the Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a collection of biographical essays on more than 58,000 people who have made British History. In 2013 he published The Life of R. H. Tawney: Socialism and History (Bloomsbury) which is coming out in paperback later this year. Between 1985 and 1990 he held Tawney’s first academic job (which Tawney held between 1908 and 1913) as Tutor in History in Oxford’s extra-mural department. Later this year he takes up a new position as the Director of the Institute of Historical Research in Senate House, London.

All are welcome at our meetings: do please pass this information on. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Ben

Ben Ferrett
Secretary, Warwickshire Fabian Society

Friday, 11 April 2014

Meeting with Andrew Harrop, General Secretary of the Fabian Society: Thursday 24 April

Details of our next Warwickshire Fabians speaker meeting are as follows:

SPEAKER: Andrew Harrop,
General Secretary of the Fabian Society

TITLE: "Can we beat the new inequality?"

DATE: Thursday 24 April 2014

TIME: 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)

PLACE: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.




Andy Harrop

This meeting will also be our AGM – but please don’t be deterred by that as, based on past experience, we expect the AGM business to be concluded very quickly. (The main items of AGM business are to elect our Chair and Secretary and to set our membership fees for the coming year. Nominations for the officer posts will be invited at the meeting itself.)

All are welcome at our meetings: do please pass this message on. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Ben

Ben Ferrett
Secretary, Warwickshire Fabian Society

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Meeting on religion and left-wing politics: Thursday 27 March

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Details of our next Warwickshire Fabians speaker meeting are as follows:

TITLE: “Closer to Methodism than Marxism? Religion and Labour politics”

SPEAKER: Paul Bickley, Senior Researcher at the think tank Theos

DATE: Thursday 27 March 2014

TIME: 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)

PLACE: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.


Paul Bickley

Speaker biography: Paul Bickley is the Director of the Political Programme at Theos – a think tank specialising in religion and society (
http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/). With a background working in Parliament and public affairs, he holds an MLitt from the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Paul is also the author of Building Jerusalem? Christianity and the Labour Party.

All are welcome at our meetings: do please pass this message on. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Ben

Ben Ferrett
Secretary, Warwickshire Fabian Society

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Photos from our February 2014 meeting with Neena Gill on the European elections in May

Neena Gill (front, centre) with audience members

L to R: Mary Webb, Alan Webb, Neena Gill, Howard Avis, Steve Birkett (Chair), Ben Ferrett (Secretary)

Neena Gill


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Speaker meeting on Europe with Neena Gill on Thursday 27 February‏

Details of our next Warwickshire Fabians speaker meeting are as follows:

TITLE: “Why the next European Elections really matter”

SPEAKER: Neena Gill, former Labour MEP for the West Midlands and the top-ranked candidate on Labour’s list for the May 2014 European Parliament election.

DATE: Thursday 27 February 2014

TIME: 7:30 pm (to 9 pm)

PLACE: 28 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PN.

Neena Gill

Speaker biography: Neena Gill was a Labour MEP for the West Midlands from 1999 to 2009. Before that, she worked as a CEO in social housing. Since 2009, she has been the Vice President for Corporate Affairs (covering Europe and Asia Pacific) in an American software company.

All are welcome at our meetings: do please pass this message on. I hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Ben

Ben Ferrett
Secretary, Warwickshire Fabian Society