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Dragon Hall debates tackle topical issues

The free Dragon Hall debates, held jointly by the University of East Anglia and Writers’ Centre Norwich, are tackling a range of topical issues this season, including Prof Mary Beard discussing her experience of Twitter trolls.

The first event is on Monday 12 September, when philosopher Heather Widdows from the University of Birmingham examines why the demand for cosmetic surgery is rising and nurse specialist Sharron Brown explains how the NHS is responding to people’s aesthetic needs.

The topics have been chosen to include scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators.

Subjects later in the series cover the experiences of migrants living in Norwich, the issues surrounding gender equality, radical new options for responding to climate change and interacting with the environment, and how neuroscience’s theory of emotions helps us understand art and literature and ways the arts can help dementia patients.

The events feature UEA academics and other expert speakers, who will give a short presentation before including the audience in the discussion. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to attend, and a pop-up bar will be available for refreshments.

The six debates will be held between 12 September 2016 and 13 March 2017 at Writers’ Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall, 115-123 King Street, Norwich. They will start at 7pm and run until around 9pm.  The events are free to attend and there is no need to book in advance.

For full details, visit the Dragon Hall Debates events page.

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