Students at the University of Essex are encouraged to challenge taboos and controversial subjects not only in their lectures, but in special one off debates as part of the THINK series.
At these debates, students are actively encouraged to get involved by asking questions, challenging opinions and having an argument on a specific topic each week. The idea of these events is to give the perfect opportunity and environment to allow everyone to exercise their freedom of speech and opinion. Guest speakers related to the subject of discussion are also invited to each event to offer their insight and opinions and spark debate. Speakers have included/will include sex workers, MP’s, campaigners, convicted criminals, directors, scientists, and soldiers.
Dr Carlos Gigoux is the director of the THINK series and hosts the lectures and seminars.
He is also currently Director of European studies and Liberal Arts and is a teaching fellow in the Sociology department. His research in Sociology focuses on Indigenous peoples’ rights in a global context. During the events he mediates the discussion and introduces the audience to each of the speakers.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, then check out the THINK events for this term! All events take place on Wednesday’s from 2pm – 4pm with the debates taking place in the Ivor Crewe lecture hall. Seminars happen the week before the debates and give the audience an opportunity to be informed of the topic of the following week’s lecture.
- 14 October 2015: Sex Work: A Crime or a Human Right?
- 21 October 2015: Seminar
- 28 October 2015: Political Violence or Peaceful Protests?
- 11 November 2015: Seminar
- 18 November 2015: Closing the Borders? Migration in Britain
- 2 December 2015: Seminar
- 9 December 2015: Death Penalty: Does it deter crime?