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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Newcastle Skeptics runs the vast majority of its events for free. We operate purely through donations, to cover speaker expenses. If you'd like to help our group continue in the future, you can do so below with either Paypal or Bitcoin. Alternatively, come see us on the night. We advise £3, or whatever you can afford.

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Maeve Hanan

When?
Thursday, October 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Maeve Hanan

What's the talk about?

Trying to separate the facts from the fads when it comes to nutrition can be extremely confusing; especially as we are often bombarded with sensationalist headlines and click-bait articles. In this talk Maeve zooms in on one of the most popular and seemingly conflicting areas of nutrition - fats. Is butter really back? Should you add coconut oil to your coffee? Is it OK to use olive oil for frying? Or should all types of fat be avoided like the plague? Come along to find out! 

Maeve Hanan is a Specialist Dietitian working in the NHS (Dietitian is a protected title for a health professional who is qualified to give dietary advice to individuals and the public). Maeve also runs a blog called DieteticallySpeaking.com which promotes evidence-based nutrition and dispels misleading nutrition claims and fad diets.

Laura Graham

When?
Wednesday, November 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Laura Graham

What's the talk about?

 "On 15th June 2016, the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on Prostitution published a report recommending, inter alia, that the laws surrounding brothel keeping and soliciting in England and Wales ought to be reformed. This report is the latest step in a decade-long public re-examination of sex work in England and Wales (Home Office, 2004, 2006, 2008; All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade, 2014), but these recommendations mark a significant deviation from the more punitive approach favoured by the preceding publications. This report, although not fully committed to any one legal approach to sex work, appears to favour a more harm-reduction based response, providing echoes of international discourses around human rights and sex work. That is, a range of United Nations bodies, including the General Assembly and UN Women, have published reports and policies supporting decriminalisation of sex work to uphold sex workers’ human rights. Amnesty International has also openly supported the decriminalisation of sex work. 

I will explore the Select Committee report, and how its recommended reforms could be implemented to make the law more human rights compliant, particularly drawing on European Convention on Human Rights jurisprudence. Through this lens I will also explore the use of human rights, and particularly legal human rights instruments, in the debates around sex work, arguing that they are both a useful and limited tool to promote sex workers’ safety and agency."

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Laura Graham is a native to Newcastle, returning to the North East in 2012 after some years away. Laura holds degrees from Durham University (LLB in Law, 2007) and the University of Nottingham (MA in Sociolegal and Criminological Research, 2009). Laura is currently completing an ESRC 1+3 funded PhD at the University of Nottingham supervised by Professor Vanessa Munro, Mr Ralph Sandland, and Professor David Fraser. Laura’s thesis, which is currently under examination, critically explores how the Human Rights Act could impact reform of the law relating to prostitution in England and Wales. Laura was a lecturer in law at Durham University from 2012-2016, and has been a senior lecturer in law at Northumbria University since Jan 2017. Her expertise relate to criminal law, gender and the law, human rights, and the regulation of sex. She has presented on this topic at academic conferences in the UK and internationally.