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Living Freedom meetups attract a new generation interested in getting to grips with the complexities and contradictions of freedom in the twenty-first century.

Come along to explore ideas, engage in debates and thought-provoking conversations and to meet and socialise with your peers.

We believe that tolerance is a fundamental value and subscribe to the idea of ‘freedom for freedom’s sake’. Join us for discussions in our ‘existentialist café’ that pops up in venues around London and the UK.

As well as curated talks and in-conversations with writers and critics, we host film clubs and book discussions and organise gallery tours and guided history walks.

From Socrates to Sartre and from free thinkers to artistic freedom, this is your chance to hear about and explore the ideas that have shaped historical and contemporary freedoms. And to discuss and socialise with those who want to shape our future freedoms.

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Upcoming events (1)

Living Freedom Summer School 2022

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Are you aged 18 to 30? Keen to defend free speech? Want to understand historic ideals of tolerance and sovereignty? Are you concerned about attacks on civil liberties or artists being cancelled for their views? Interested in exploring the arguments for and against the ban on conversion therapy - all in an open and tolerant way?

If so, then Living Freedom is for you.

At this event you will get to grips with the best that has been said and written over the centuries and important contemporary issues and debates. Our expert thinkers and campaigners will help you explore the value of free speech and other freedoms today.

You will receive in advance a specially compiled ‘topic guide’ that includes an outline of all the talks and speakers, along with links to a selection of relevant articles, podcasts and videos. Accommodation is provided for attendees along with meals, including the annual Living Freedom dinner. There is a nominal fee to attend of just £50.

30 June to 2 July; Conway Hall, Red Lion Sq, London

Living Freedom will appeal to students and graduates as well as to young campaigners, academics, professionals and creatives. The school is for anyone who values getting behind the headlines and relishes the chance to engage in an open-ended exploration of new ideas.

Session highlights include:
Past, present, future: freedom and the return of History | War on words: George Orwell and the battle over language | A Lecture Concerning Toleration |How can we solve a problem like misinformation? | Can duty set us free? | Sexual freedom today | Is ‘cancel culture’ killing literature? | When is a demo a threat to freedom? | Can the Bill of Rights save free speech?

Speakers include
Professor Frank Furedi, Toby Young, Bruno Waterfield, James Esses, Dolan Cummings, Jacob Reynolds, Julie Bindel, Arif Ahmed, Ralph Leonard, Zoe Strimpel, Harry Miller, Maya Forstater, Dr Joanna Williams, Josie Appleton, Caroline Ffiske, Thomas Prosser, Dr Jacob Phillips, Luke Gittos, Ryan Christopher, Karolien Celie, Dr Jan Macvarish, Ella Whelan, Lois McLatchie

Full details of the programme can be found here

To attend Living Freedom, simply fill out a short application statement and send along with your contact details. Apply here
Closing date: 29 May

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