Revolutions Balloon Debate

Saturday 31 October, 5.15pm until 6.30pm, Student Union

Three hundred years after the Industrial Revolution, there’s no doubt it has changed almost everything about our lives, from food to how often we talk to our Mum. Since then, there have been many other revolutions – French, American, Russian, for a start…

The ‘green revolution’ that transformed 20th century agriculture means we can feed billions easier than our ancestors fed thousands, and the internet revolution makes instantaneous, planet-wide communication something we take for granted. Fifty years ago, the Cuban revolution established a challenge to the American Way on its own doorstep, and the Sexual revolution sent shockwaves though Western morality that are still rumbling. But which revolution, social, political or technological, has done most to transform human life?

Our revolutionaries are:
- Sexual Revolution: Maria Grasso
- Industrial Revolution: Lee Jones
- English Revolution: Tara McCormack
- Scientific Revolution: Robin Walsh
- French Revolution: Charlie Winstanley
- American Revolution: Kevin Yuill

Speakers
Dr Maria Grasso
lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe

Dr Lee Jones
lecturer, international relations, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Tara McCormack
lecturer in international politics, University of Leicester; author, Critique, Security and Power: the political limits to emancipatory approaches

Robin Walsh
graduate medical student; co-founder, Sheffield Salon

Charlie Winstanley
history student, University of Sheffield; former member, Socialist Workers' Party

Dr Kevin Yuill
senior lecturer, history, University of Sunderland; author, Assisted Suicide: the liberal, humanist case against legalization

Chair:
Timandra Harkness
journalist, writer & broadcaster; presenter, Futureproofing and other BBC Radio 4 programmes; author, Big Data: does size matter?


Produced by
Timandra Harkness journalist, writer & broadcaster; presenter, Futureproofing and other BBC Radio 4 programmes; author, Big Data: does size matter?
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