Five Highlights at the Festival of Politics

This article is from 2015

Five Highlights at the Festival of Politics

More of the best bits at the Politics Festival from Muslim Women to Made in Dagenham

Scotland and Slavery
What was the real role of Scots in the slave trade and what was the legacy? Sir Tom Devine gives a lecture based on his book Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past: The Caribbean Connection followed by a panel discussion which includes author Louise Welsh, academic Sir Geoff Palmer and historian Stephen Mullen. The Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave will be shown at 7.30pm.
14 Aug, 4.30pm, £8 (£6).

Muslim Women

Subtitled ‘Freedom, Femininity and Faith’, this talk features journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Smina Akhtar, director of Muslim Women’s Resource Centre Amina, and British-Iranian journalist Ramita Navai, author of Tehran: City of Lies.
15 Aug, 10.30am, £6 (£4).

Public Service and the Future of Democracy
Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick chairs this event with political philosopher Michael J Sandel, the acclaimed Harvard professor whose course on justice was turned into a 12-part TV series.
15 Aug, 4pm, £8 (£6).

Workers' Rights in the 21st Century
With the trade union movement in seeming decline across the world, who can protect employees from the darker sides of capitalism? There’s a festival hook-up here with the movie Made in Dagenham, shown later in the day at 7pm.
16 Aug, 11am, £6 (£4).

It may be over two decades since the presidency of Nelson Mandela heralded a new era for South Africa but how much has it really changed in that time? STV’s political editor Bernard Ponsonby chairs an event reflecting on the British Anti-Apartheid movement and discussing the current state of that nation. From 14–16 Aug, an accompanying exhibition about the movement will be on display.
16 Aug, 3.30pm, £6 (£4).

All events at Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd, 0131 348 5200 / 0800 092 7600.