Unless otherwise stated lectures this season will be held at New Walk Museum Leicester, Mondays at 7.30pm.

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The Leicester Literary and Leicester Philosophical Society, locally known as the Lit. and Phil., was founded in 1835.

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About the Lit&Phil

The “Lit & Phil” organises an annual series of lectures and discussions, usually held in the Leicester New Walk Museum, for the advancement of education in Literature, Science and Art.  It publishes reports, papers and proceedings and supports the museum.  There are also Natural History and Geology Sections, which organise further events.

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Our next lecture …

Monday 4th February 2019

What future do we want for the BBC? With Fake News, and manipulated opinions how can it help the national conversation? How can we listen to each other better?

Professor Jean Seaton
Professor of Media History, University of Westminster, Director of the Orwell Foundation and BBC Historian

Democracy depends on a sensible and informed electorate. The BBC since 1923 has been a great British institution dedicated to educating, informing and entertaining us. Yet now there is a great technological revolution overturning all of our institutions, how we do everything and even how we compose our sense of self. The social media and the internet have immense capacity to bring us together. But they can also isolate us in silos of opinion where we only talk and relate to people just like us. Meanwhile the mighty algorithms of Facebook and Google assiduously give us more of what they know (almost better than we do) what we like and think. So what should the BBC do and what should we do about the BBC as one of the great world traders in information, balance, and impartiality? But also of fun and silliness and beauty. What future do we want for our BBC?

Sponsored by Leicester Mercury

The lecture is at 7.30 pm at the New Walk Museum and visitors are welcome at £5, which includes refreshments afterwards.