Join us for a live Martin Luther King III talk this Thursday night at 7pm…

We are partnering with The John and Pat Hume Foundation and Politics in Action to host an online event with Martin Luther King III – the American human rights advocate and son of assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr – who will be discussing the developing political situation in the United States and civil rights issues around the world. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook live, click here to register for the event for free… “MLK Peaking …

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Would I Lie to ALL of You?

Fancy watching an online version of the popular BBC Show, but with a local slant? As part of the Being Human Festival 2020, the ContactVIRT project at Queen’s University will be hosting their own version of the show involving two groups comprising “Catholics” and “Protestants” in Northern Ireland who will play the game in virtual reality (VR). One team reads a story while members of the opposite team quiz them and decide whether the story is true or a lie. …

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Queen’s to host virtual conference on sensing divisions in human societies…

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, and the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University will host a virtual conference exploring human divisions in society on 21-22 May. This free conference aims to investigate the nature of troubling and persistent divisions in human societies that often keep societies from producing stable governance. Some societies which will be explored are Northern Ireland, Australia, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, India and Nigeria to name but …

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Slugger Event – Wed 25th March 2020: What is the future of the United Kingdom in these historic times?

These islands are steaming headlong into uncharted territory: politically, economically and socially. The Assembly and Executive are restored but can they weather the storm of RHI, welfare pressure, and the crisis facing the health service? Local businesses fear the prospect of extra paperwork post-Brexit for goods entering and leaving Northern Ireland, squeezing margins in a region already remote from potential growth markets. A bullish Tory government has the power to push through radical reforms of immigration, the civil service, broadcasting, …

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Free event: Queen’s Policy Engagement Post-Brexit Clinic on 4 February 2020…

 Join us for what will be the first post-Brexit Clinic here at Queen’s Policy Engagement.  The UK’s request to extend the Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 was agreed back in 2019 and Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal recently became law after it received royal assent from the Queen, having gone through all the required stages in Parliament. As things stand, the 1st February 2020 will mark the first day of the transition period for the UK and the beginning of a very …

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Get your tickets for the Slugger Big House Party! 2pm Saturday the 25th January 2020…

The big house on the hill is open for business again! Join Slugger and an expert team of ex Special Advisors to discuss what the parties need to do to get Stormont working. The Panel: Tim Cairns – former DUP Special Advisor Alison Grundle – Former Special Advisor to Justice Minister Claire Sugden Brendan Mulgrew – former SDLP Special Advisor Chair: Alan Meban This is a fundraising event to keep Slugger lit. Our events are great fun so if you have not attended one …

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Brexit, Citizens’ Assemblies and the future of Democracy in the UK

The Brexit process has put the UK’s democratic system under great strain, pitting competing democratic visions against each other and exposing weaknesses in each. Join Queen’s Policy Engagement for our first event of 2020 with Dr Alan Renwick from the UCL Constitution Unit where he will examine those weaknesses and consider possible ways of addressing them. Could the 2016 referendum have been designed differently to create a less polarised process? How could the grievances with current politics that the referendum …

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Get your tickets for the Slugger Big Election Hangover event on Saturday the 14th of December 2019!

Join us as we dissect the #GE2019 results with an expert panel and a room full of political brains – the opportunity to understand the implications of how the public has voted on local, national and European politics. Panel: David McCann – Deputy Editor Slugger O’Toole Chris Donnelly – Teacher & Commentator Sarah Creighton – Solicitor & Commentator Grainne Walsh – Director of Stratagem Plus we will have some special political guests joining us. This is a fundraising event to keep Slugger lit into …

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Get your tickets for the Slugger End of Year Review 2019 – Wed 4th Dec 2019…

Now firmly established as a Christmas Tradition, join us as we look back on the year in politics with the Cinderella and widow Twankey of local commentators Allison Morris and Alex Kane. We also have as a special guest Sam McBride, author of the recent book on the RHI scandal ‘Burned’. The event is a little early this year but we thought it would be good to look at the upcoming general election as well, so the night will be …

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Join us for our 1st Derry/Londonderry event on 23rd October – A fair deal for Derry?

For decades we have heard about the need to invest and connect the North-West. But how do we deliver on this promise and ensure that we help build a more prosperous city that can create good jobs and improves the lives of all of its people? This Slugger O’Toole event will examine the challenges and the opportunities that face this part of the island. Panel: Steve Bradley – Derry native & Commentator Karen Bonner – Derry native & Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Queen’s University …

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Join us for The Slugger Big Day Out! On Saturday 31st of August at Hilden Brewery…

Join us for our one-day end of summer school at the wonderful Hilden Brewery in Lisburn. Hilden House was built in 1824 by William Barbour, founder of the Barbour Thread Company. The business grew rapidly and by the end of the 19th century, it was the biggest linen thread company in the world with offices and mills across the world. Its chairman at the end of the 19th century was Milne Barbour, grandson of the founder of the company. He …

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Free event – Rejections, Defections and Elections…

Over the past three years, Brexit has been the gift that just keeps on giving. There are those who want to rip it open and get stuck right into it, while there are others who are halfway to the shops with the receipt in hand. Since our last Brexit Clinic at Queen’s in March, Theresa May’s Brexit deal was once again rejected by Parliament, an extension until 31 October was agreed and May’s subsequent negotiations with Labour on a way …

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Free Slugger Session Event on Tuesday the 28 May 2019: Gun Violence in America…

In this Slugger Session at Queen’s we will be in discussion with Elizabeth Charash on the topic of Gun Violence in America. Wide access to firearms and loose regulations lead to more than 39,000 men, women and children being killed with guns each year in the USA. In 2017, some 39,773 died from gunshot injuries, an average of nearly 109 people each day. Per capita, this is significantly higher than in other industrialized countries. Firearm homicides in the USA disproportionately …

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Free event: Friday 7th June. Brexit, Borders and Beyond: Marxism as a guide in turbulent times…

The School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University, Reclaim the Agenda and Slugger O’Toole, warmly invite you to join us for a panel discussion on Brexit, Borders and Beyond: Marxism as a guide in turbulent times, on 7th June 2019, at the Mac Belfast, 6-8 pm. The event will start with drinks and light refreshments. Guest Speakers include: Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, author of The Left …

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Free Event: History in the Making – The Ulster Museum and the ‘Troubles and Beyond’…

On Good Friday 2018, the Ulster Museum opened its doors, and its collections, to a new commemorative exhibition entitled ‘The Troubles and Beyond’. Displayed across hundreds of objects and images, the gallery documents social, political, and cultural changes in Northern Ireland from the civil rights era to today’s post-conflict society. The ‘Troubles’ affected almost everyone who lived in Northern Ireland and many others from further afield. Inevitably the interpretation of this period of our history is contested in terms of …

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Brexit as seen from Brussels – A free talk by Dr Nicholas Whyte…

Occasional Slugger Contributor Nicholas Whyte is back in town next Wednesday to give a talk at the UU Belfast Campus at 6pm on the topic of Brexit as seen from Brussels. The talk is free to attend but places are limited so you need to book. Book your place here… This is a joint UU/Slugger event, here is the blurb… What you see depends on where you stand. Nicholas Whyte, Visiting Professor at Ulster University and a Senior Director at …

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Free event: The Role of Republicans in NI Civil Rights. Dispelling the Myths. Tuesday the 16th of April, Belfast…

The  Civil Rights 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee are holding a free event next Tuesday the 16th of April in The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Antrim Road, Belfast. Speakers: Michael Donnelly – President Workers Party of Ireland Dympna McGlade – Deputy Chairperson Commemoration Committee Malachi O’Doherty – Commentator, Author and Journalist Marian Donnelly – Secretary and Founder Member South Derry Civil Rights Association Chairperson: Michael McCorry Followed by a Q&A and contributions from participants. Slugger O’Toole is the media …

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“Long and short terms causes of the civil rights movement 1921 North and South to August 1969”. Four evenings of public lectures and discussions, in Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dungannon and Larne.

It can take a lot to get you to leave the house on a cold winters night but a series of talks with Eamon Phoenix and guests should be very enticing to your average Slugger reader. All events are free and you even get a wee cup of tea or coffee, so book your tickets now. They are part of a four-part series with inputs from historians and discussion with members of the audience. 1921-1968 North and South the two Irelands Speakers: Dr …

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Get your tickets for the Slugger End of Year Review 2018 – Wed 19th Dec 2018…

Now firmly established as a Christmas Tradition, join us as we look back on the year in politics with the Cinderella and widow Twankey of local commentators Allison Morris and Alex Kane. Our good friend, comedian Tim McGarry will get everyone into the mood – when it comes to our politics if you don’t laugh you will cry. Your host for the evening will be the best thing to come out of Lisburn since Coca-Cola, Alan Meban. The event is sponsored by MCE …

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Bernadette McAliskey guest speaker at The Mccluskey Civil Rights Summer School this saturday….

The theme of this years summer school is “50 Years On – The Civil Rights Challenges in Ireland Today – Tackling Poverty, Sectarianism, Racism and Inequality”. Here is the agenda 10am Welcome by Chair Professor Paul Arthur 10.30am Tribute to Dr Conn and Patricia McCluskey by civil rights activist Michael McLoughlin Reflections on civil rights and honouring the role of Con and Patricia McCluskey and the Campaign for Social justice 11am Keynote address by Les Allamby Chair of Human Rights …

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