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University of Bradford launches 'straight talking' open lecture series

15 September 09

The University of Bradford will launch a series of thought-provoking and stimulating lectures next month that will encourage people to discuss, frankly and critically, widely held beliefs.

Covering a broad subject base the lectures are open to everyone and are expected to be controversial and possibly unorthodox, designed to stimulate discussion and question taken-for-granted views.

Speakers visiting the University this year include Edzard Ernst, the internationally renowned scientist, who will be speaking on the 8th October on the theme of Complementary/Alternative Medicine.
Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, will be speaking on Tuesday 17th November, along with well-known writer and broadcaster Mona Siddiqui Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding at the University of Glasgow, who will be speaking in April, 2010 on Islam and Citizenship.

Dr George Sheeran, of the School of Lifelong Education and Development, who helped organise the series said, "The speakers have all challenged or criticised conventional ideas and ways of thinking and we are delighted that they have agreed to speak at the University and open their discussion to everyone in the Bradford district."

The lectures are free to attend but must be booked in advance to secure a place. To book a place please call 01274 234009 or email

15 September 09

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Further information for Media Enquirers

For further information please contact the University of Bradford Press Office on 01274 23 3089/3084.

Out of office hours call 07879 437996. Alternatively, e-mail or fax on (01274) 236280.