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1:00 pm

Sway: Unravelling unconscious bias

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Have you ever been told to smile more, been teased about your accent, or had your name pronounced incorrectly? If so, you've probably already faced bias in your everyday life. Behavioural scientist, activist and writer Pragya Agarwal will unravel the way our implicit or ‘unintentional' biases affect the way we communicate and perceive the world, and how they affect our decision-making, even in life and death situations. Pragya, author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, will take a unique inter-disciplinary approach to the subject, combining case studies, personal experience, interviews and real world stories underpinned by scientific theories and research. Join her as she examines a wide range of implicit biases, including age-ism, appearance, accents, sexism and aversive racism. About the speaker Dr Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural scientist, with expertise in cognition, HCI and User-centred Design, focused especially in diversity and inclusivity. She was a senior academic for over 12 years at USA and UK Universities, and held the prestigious Leverhulme Fellowship, following a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Pragya has published numerous scientific articles and books, some of which are on the reading list for leading courses around the world. As a freelance writer, she regularly writes thought pieces on racial and gender bias for the Guardian, Times Higher Education, Forbes, Prospect, Independent, Metro, Huffington Post and various other publications. Pragya is a two-time TEDx speaker, and was named as one of the 100 influential women in social enterprise in the UK, and one of 50 people creating change in the UK-India corridor on the High and Mighty list. She can be found on twitter as @DrPragyaAgarwal Book sales You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

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6:00 pm

The Lost Decade

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker survey one of the most tumultuous periods in British history, the ten years from 2010. Based on their book The Lost Decade, they look at how austerity and paralysis nurtured contempt for leaders, institutions and fellow citizens and fertilised the ground for a rebellious Brexit. The disorganisation and confusion around Covid19 are in large measure the result. They point to a decade characterised by national tragedies from Grenfell to Windrush, food banks and the property crisis and, now, pandemic. But, as Adam Smith said, ‘there’s a great deal of ruin in a nation’. No truthful portrait of an era can be monochrome. They point to bright spots including the rise of renewable energy, lower crime rates, legalisation of same-sex marriage and the creative industries punching well above their weight, at least until spring 2020. Join Polly, Guardian columnist, and David, former contributing editor to the Guardian Public, as they explore how the last decade brings hope for better to come. About the speakers Polly Toynbee and David Walker have co-authored Dogma and Disarray: Cameron at Half-Time; Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today; The Verdict: Did Labour Change Britain? and Better or Worse: Did Labour Deliver? Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian. David Walker is a former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission. Book sales You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner.  In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

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