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Haiku in the Garden

Nothing is ordinary, including a garden, and a haiku can capture that: a moment in nature. The form of haiku originates in Japan but has migrated around the world. Knowing how the form works will give you the ability to see the extraordinary in the natural world around you. That seeing then translates into a written expression in which the "I" is... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Nothing is ordinary, including a garden, and a haiku can capture that: a moment in nature. The form of haiku originates in Japan but has migrated around the world. Knowing how the form works will

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22 Nov

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Scientists and Philosophers Need to Talk

We all know what Science is – but do we know what ‘reality’ is; or even what ‘understanding’ is? Just how do we ‘know’, and how do we know that we know? There is abundant evidence that we don't – and even the experts don’t! These questions are as much philosophical as they are scientific, and Tibor offers some deep philosophical insights into them.... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>We all know what Science is – but do we know what ‘reality’ is; or even what ‘understanding’ is? Just how do we ‘know’, and how do we know that we know? There is abundant evidence that we don't –

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24 Nov

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The Rise and Fall of Donald Trump

We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider authoritarian populist trend in contemporary democracies. If this is correct, does this mean we can expect more politicians like Trump in the future? DELIVERY MODE... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov
$39 Limited

<p>We will chart the trajectory of the political career of President Donald Trump. How do we explain his unexpected rise to power, and his dramatic fall? Some see Trump as part of a wider

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29 Nov

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2021: The Year in Review

2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days: The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die from suicide rather than murder? - People are voting more but enjoying it less. There is now "democracy fatigue" as people lose faith in democracy. Meanwhile governments are... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days:</p>

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<li><strong>The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die

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16 Nov
Online Platform
This session is for "The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die from suicide rather than murder?"
$22 Limited

<p>2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days:</p>

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<li><strong>The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die

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23 Nov
Online Platform
This session is for "The Return of Inflation: The cost of coping with COVID?"
$22 Limited

<p>2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days:</p>

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<li><strong>The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die

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30 Nov
Online Platform
This session is for "New Ways of Working: An end to 9 to 5?"
$22 Limited

<p>2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days:</p>

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<li><strong>The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die

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07 Dec
Online Platform
This session is for "International Co-operation in Decline: Is it now every country for itself?"
$22 Limited

<p>2021 has been another eventful year – and 2022 will be equally eventful. This year's review will cover five big issues on five days:</p>

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<li><strong>The Death of Democracy: Does democracy die

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14 Dec
Online Platform
This session is for "Is Donald Trump on the Way Back?"

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Philosophy Basics: Ontology - The Theory of Existence

Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow 'exist'. But what does it mean to say that something 'exists', that something just 'is'? What do existent things have or do that non-existent things don't? Philosophers have pondered this question for millennia, yet there appears still to be no... [More]
$125 Limited / $113

<p>Apples, rainbows and our sense of justice have absolutely nothing in common, except that they all somehow 'exist'. But what does it mean to say that something 'exists', that something just 'is'?

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03 Dec

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The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities

Many people in the West, and especially within the American foreign policy establishment, believe that the US should pursue a profoundly liberal foreign policy which could be described as “the pursuit of liberal hegemony”. The aim of this ambitious strategy is to turn as many countries as possible into liberal democracies, while also fostering an... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Many people in the West, and especially within the American foreign policy establishment, believe that the US should pursue a profoundly liberal foreign policy which could be described as “the

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06 Dec

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The Middle East: A Clash of Religions

Religion plays a central role in the Middle East Conflict. Since ancient times the struggle for dominance between the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity for control of not just the Holy Lands, but also the hearts and minds of people from Algeria to Jerusalem to Iran has led to violence and the intervention of people from other... [More]
$79 Limited / $71

<p>Religion plays a central role in the Middle East Conflict. Since ancient times the struggle for dominance between the three major religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity for control of not just

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06 Dec

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Nobel Prize Winners: Albert Einstein (1921) & Willy Brandt (1971)

125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50 years ago, in 1971, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was the then German Chancellor Willy Brandt for his efforts to normalise relations between West Germany... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec
$39 Limited

<p>125 years ago, on 10 Dec 1896, Swedish inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel died. Since 1901 that day is commemorated each year by the awarding of five Nobel Prizes in Stockholm and Oslo. 50

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10 Dec

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Jonathan Haidt: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt’s book of 2012, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, asks why people hold such wildly differing beliefs, and why the views of others can often seem so illogical. Haidt claims that the moral judgements upon which political and religious beliefs are largely based arise not from reason but from... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Jonathan Haidt’s book of 2012, <em>The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion</em>, asks why people hold such wildly differing beliefs, and why the views of others can

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13 Dec

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Climate Change, Policy and Campaigning for Liveable World

Designed to introduce participants to the science of climate change, the importance of limiting global warming and how activism can make a difference in shaping public policy on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. DELIVERY MODE Online COURSE OUTLINE Introduction to the science of climate change and global warning. The Paris Agreement and... [More]
$0 Limited

<p>Designed to introduce participants to the science of climate change, the importance of limiting global warming and how activism can make a difference in shaping public policy on measures to reduce

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12 Jan

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