Talking Heads

Next Meeting:

Thursday 12th July at 19.30 – 21.00

The Brexit Crisis: Where it came from and where it may be leading

Speaker: Jeffrey Henderson, Professor of International Development, University of Bristol

Setting to one side conventional wisdom about the reasons for the 2016 referendum vote and its aftermath, this talk will begin by arguing that he political crisis that Britain now confronts originated from a combination of three factors: the historical wasting of Britain’s regional economies and the insecurities of work and family life that have resulted; the the largely unnecessary austerity programme that has further damaged community cohesion; and the post-imperial crisis of (white) English identity. Commenting on the right-wing nationalism that seems to have surged since the Brexit vote, the talk will then argue that regional economic transformation is essential to avoiding the dangers such nationalism implies. Transformation, however, will be very difficult to achieve if Britain is not an EU member. The talk will end by spelling out a realistic future for Britain outside of the EU: one that involves an economy, and thus a polity, increasingly influenced by US and, particularly, Chinese interests

Jeffrey Henderson, a Leeds resident for over 20 years, is Professor of International Development at the University of Bristol. He has also held posts at the Universities of Manchester,  Birmingham and Leeds, as well as at universities in Hong Kong, the USA, Australia, Japan and the Netherlands. He works on economic development and public policy, particularly in East Asia and Europe (including Britain) and has been an advisor to the International Labour Organisation, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Council of Europe and the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology.


Talking Heads at HEART

is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.

Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.

Recent topics include:

• Understanding North Korea
• Leeds: Cradle for Innovation
• Have things got better for women?
• Understanding homelessness
• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology

All welcome

what's on

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    Mon 9th July - Waste in Leeds: the problem and solutionsVisit page

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We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3-5.

After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.

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