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Stories of each other: do we care?
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Free Word, in association with Counterpoint Arts, the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants & a fantastic cast of renowned international authors, presents an evening of discussion and stories, centred around newly arrived communities, the experience of leaving home and what happens to us when we arrive in a new place.
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Taboos: what’s the point?
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What are taboos and why do they exist? Do they actually play useful roles in our societies or do they help maintain anachronisms and harm our ability to live together in harmony? Free Word, Fritt Ord and Index on Censorship investigate in a discussion which asks "taboos: what's the point?".
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Illiberal democracy: the future of freedom
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While many refugees fled to Europe in 2015, seeking sanctuary within its liberal democracies, many of these same democracies today find themselves in decline, with one of their head's openly speaking of his desire to create an "illiberal state". How has this situation come about, what can we do about it and what does Europe stand for nowadays?
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The secure & the dispossessed: how the military and corporations are shaping a climate-changed world
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As climate change starts to affect the way we live, we're all starting to think about to adapt to the changing circumstances. However, a new book suggests that our military and corporate elites are a step ahead and are already planning how to secure their futures in ways that will impact upon as all.
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Futures: poetry of the Greek crisis
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Free Word and Penned in the Margins show us the Greek crisis from another perspective, introducing us to the voices of a new generation of Greek poets, whose talents have developed and been inspired by the turbulent events around them.
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Can teenagers be trusted with the vote?
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In light of the recent Scottish referendum, the Free Word Centre takes a closer look at the UK's voting age and asks, whether we should all trust 16 year olds with suffrage? With participants from the British Youth Council, the Labour party and various youth representative establishments, this debate assesses the viability of the vote for 16 to 18 year olds and its implications.
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Trust and the environment
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On the 30th September, the Free Word Centre and the UK Youth Climate Coalition looked at climate change and the choices that face young people, trying to find sources of information they can trust.
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Trust and new technology
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With online media increasingly playing a role in both our professional and social lives, Free Word invited a young audience to take a look at the role which surveillance has to play in our online interactions. What do young Brits think about state surveillance, privacy and the choices we all make about sharing our personal data online?
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Trust & the media: who do you believe?
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How are young people portrayed in traditional media, how often do they get to have their own say and how is the emergence of alternative media altering their perception within society and their ability to make themselves heard? Free Word looks at how today's youth is perceived and how the internet is changing these perceptions.
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