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Universally Manchester Festival welcomes lecture and podcast series Talk 200


Universally Manchester Festival is welcoming a captivating addition to its programme: a lecture by Talk 200, the compelling lecture and podcast series designed to celebrate the University’s bicentenary.

The series, spanning the entirety of 2024, provides an opportunity to watch lectures from expert speakers and listen to insightful podcasts, with the host, Manchester aficionado, author and University of Manchester alumnus Andy Spinoza, joined in conversation by a diverse line-up of guests from across the University community. Topics such as health, digital and AI, climate change, creative and culture, and equality and justice will be covered, among others.

Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, launched Talk 200 with a lecture and panel discussion on health inequalities in February. And in the latest Talk 200 podcast episode, released in March, Professor Alice Larkin, Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; Dr Aneeqa Khan of the University’s Dalton Nuclear Institute; and Aidan Rhode, a Manchester third-year BSc Geography with Professional Placement Year student, covered the past, present and future of energy challenges and the work required to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

At Universally Manchester there’s the chance to join the second live instalment on The limits to equality – access to justice and scandal featuring Nazir Afzal, Chancellor of The University of Manchester and former Chief Crown Prosecutor for north-west England. Against the backdrop of recent scandals both in the UK and globally, Nazir and panel guests will discuss inequalities in access to justice and steps towards a fairer treatment in the legal system. Panellists include exonerated postmaster Tom Hedges; barrister and advocate Thalia Maragh (who has been involved in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry and Grenfell Inquiry); and Suzanne Gower, PhD researcher, and former managing director of the legal charity APPEAL.

The limits to equality – access to justice and scandal lecture will be ticketed, with tickets going live on 9 May.

Find further details and catch up on previous Talk 200 episodes on our bicentenary website.

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