Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night.

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The Indian Army in the First World War

Ben Makin

When?
Wednesday, September 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Ben Makin

What's the talk about?

Many, maybe most, British Asians are descended from men who fought during the First World War in the trenches in France or in the desert in Iraq. But when we think of the Great War, we think of Blackadder or the Accrington Pals all going over the top in the Somme. We've forgotten that a third of the men who fought for Britain came from the British Empire. A sixth of them were from the countries that are now India and Pakistan. This talk looks at who these men were, their contribution to the Allies' eventual victory, why they fought, and why they are now forgotten. Ben Makin has volunteered with Edinburgh Skeptics since moving to Scotland in 2010. She sees Skepticism's role as myth-busting and evaluating the evidence and thinks that as Skeptics we should question what "everyone knows" about history and politics far more than we do. She became interested in the forgotten role of the Indian Army in the First World War when she began posting her grandfather's WW1 letters online at familyletters.co.uk. The more background information she found out about his service with the Indian Army, the more she was shocked by how little their story is remembered now, a convenient collective amnesia it is time to challenge. Follow her First World War tweets @FamilyLetters and follow @BerrymanLetters to keep up with her grandfather and his brothers 100 years on.

The Gender Politics of Evidence

Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul

When?
Thursday, October 13 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul

What's the talk about?

Rape is a topic which is rarely out of the news. Sadly, this speaks to the prevalence of sexual violence against women and the failures of the criminal justice system to address it. Of rapes reported to the police, only six percent result in a conviction for the crime – a statistic which has remained relatively constant over the last two decades. It is commonly thought that the problem a lack of evidence – that rape is one person’s word against another’s. But what counts as evidence is not objectively evident. This talk will address the gender stereotypes and assumptions which determine what ‘counts’ as evidence, and the interpretation of evidence, in rape cases.

Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul is a Lecturer in Law at Newcastle University, with research expertise in rape law and policy, sexual violence and restorative justice, tort law and gender, and law and technology facilitated violence against women. She is on the steering committee for Newcastle University’s Gender Research Group and the Editorial Board for the international journal Feminist Legal Studies. You can find out more about her research here, and follow her on twitter @GoddenNikki.