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 Gender Politics of Evidence

Dr Nikki Godden-Rasul

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

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Where?

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.

Robin Tudge

When?
Wednesday, November 9 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Robin Tudge

What's the talk about?

Tours of North Korea are often dismissed as conveyor-belt propaganda shows of the best of the best - a Potemkin charade. North Korea tour leader Robin Tudge challenges this view with an illustrated talk on what you can really see. Robin Tudge is a writer and has been visiting North Korea since 2001, leading five tours there, including running in the April 2016 Pyongyang marathon.