Difficult Conversations

Enjoy a series of thought-provoking and informative talks by our academics and guest speakers.

From uncomfortable topics including hate crimes and nuclear weapons to discovering more about Mars and climate change. Our talks are sure to spark debate and provide a fascinating insight into how, as Citizens of Change, we are addressing the global issues that affect us all.

Difficult Conversations is hosted by Gary Dixon, Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the University’s Council and facilitated by Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement and Genetics, and co-presenter with Stacey Dooley of BBC Two’s DNA Family Secrets.

All talks take place at Brookfield, the new home of the University of Leicester's School of Business. View location on our campus map.


Tackling hate: Striving for social justice

Tuesday 9 November 2021, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
What are hate crimes and whom do they affect? What are their impacts? And in a world of escalating tensions and hostility how do we stop them from happening?
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Are cities the biggest threat to our survival?

Thursday 6 January 2022, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
Regeneration and recycling are fundamental to how natural ecosystems are sustained. Can urban areas emulate the regenerative structures of natural ecosystems?
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The Menopause - it's a hot topic

Thursday 3 March 2022, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
Join Nicola Junkin, Helen Foster and Kate Muir (producer, Channel 4 programme ‘Davina McCall: Sex, Myths and The Menopause’) for an evening of myth-busting, fact finding discussion on this hot topic.
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Fingers off the button: Nuclear weapons

Thursday 5 May 2022, 6.30pm - 7.45pm
We are living in a world where the risks of nuclear weapons use appears to be rising and the frameworks and thinking that have kept us safe since 1945 are eroding.
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Every breath we take

Thursday 7 July 2022, 7pm - 8.15pm
With 80% of us living in areas where air quality exceeds safe limits, how can we address the air pollution crisis? Not only does air quality impact human health, it also affects ecosystems, the challenges around climate change and our national heritage.
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Eyes to the skies

Thursday 8 September 2022
There is huge fascination of what lies beyond the skies. Each day we are discovering more about space and the planets that inhabit it. What will these discoveries tell us, and what will they mean?
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