Punishment & Retribution at Berwins Salon North, Harrogate @SalonNorth @HarrogateFest

Wednesday, October 21st 2015

For those seeking yet more criminal activities in their life, this will be of interest:


Introducing Berwins Salon North!
If you haven’t already experienced this unique event then we invite you to join us for what will be a criminally good evening – ‘Punishment’ on Thursday 29th October at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate! Three brilliant expert speakers will take to the stage for the second event in our ‘Crime, Punishment and Retribution’ Autumn Berwins Salon North series, as we turn our focus to raising some serious and complex questions about the path to criminal justice.

Ever since Harrogate International Festivals brought London’s most talked about evening to the town, it’s been a sell-out sensation.

Berwins SALON North is a revolutionary movement for the heart and mind. The SALON events consist of a night of the most stimulating ideas in art, science and psychology designed to change your life for the better.

The format consists of an evening of three speakers, each given 30 minutes to engage the audience with their subject, interspersed with intervals allowing time for a well-crafted gin and tonic.
Thursday 29 October 2015 | Crown Hotel, Harrogate | 7.30pm
Tickets: £18

Dr James Grieve will explain how advances in science have transformed the way we can detect crimes. Drawing from his work as a police pathologist and a Forensic Medicine academic at Aberdeen University, James will share his knowledge on the outcomes of the numerous post-mortem investigations he has worked on, including sudden unexpected natural events, suicides, homicides and accidents, as well as deaths possibly resulting from medical mishap that all can confuse the path to bringing the right party to justice.

We will take a look at the gruesome history of Britain’s hangmen, the subject of Radio 4 comedian and writer Wil Hodgson’s hit Edinburgh show ‘You Will be Taken from This Place.’ He’ll be taking to the Berwins Salon North stage to deliver the true histories of those tasked by the state until 1964 to deliver the ultimate punishment, revealing a rarely discussed side of the British justice system.

We will hear from Gill Attrill OBE who will ask you what choices you would make if you ran the Ministry of Justice. Working at the heart of the National Offender Management Service as a forensic psychologist, and tasked with the creation of programmes for the most hardened of criminals and certified psychopaths, Gill will task you with balancing treating offenders with protecting the public, and will tell you how your choices would work out.

Thursday 26th November 2015 | Crown Hotel, Harrogate | 7.30pm
Tickets: £18

Can forgiveness ever be a form of retribution? Dr Scilla Elworthy developed effective dialogue between the nuclear weapon policy makers of China, Russia and the West, and was adviser to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, and Peter Gabriel in setting up ‘The Elders’. She founded Peace Direct which was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005, co-founded Rising Women Rising and has three time been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. THAT’S THREE TIMES. In addition, her TED talk on non violence has been seen by over a million people, and she joins Berwins Salon North to close the series with her take on how peace builders deal with retribution.

We’ll hear from criminal lawyer and crime writer Neil White. Neil fights crime in the courtrooms by day and pens award winning crime by night, and in doing so has become one of the most successful of the UK’s crime writers. Neil will be at Berwins Salon North to explain how the reality of his work informs his writing and to help us understand the consequences of pursuing vengeance both in law, and in fiction.

The singularity has been described as the planets most existential threat, with the thought experiment of Roko’s basilisk popularising the idea that AI of the future will take vengeance on those of us who stood in its path to power. Dr Robert E Smith, senior research fellow at UCL, and renowned world expert on artificial intelligence will take us through his own thought experiments and using up to the minute AI knowledge, he will explain what we really have to fear in terms of retribution from the intelligent machines of the future.


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