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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

Professor Seaton will discuss the issues surrounding the BBC as one of the world traders in information balance and impartiality. The technological revolution is overturning all our institutions potentially influencing how we do everything and how we compose our sense of self. This Includes the algorithms of Facebook and Google which give us more of what they know and what we like and think. The BBC since 1923 has been a great British institution dedicated to educating informing and entertaining the general public. The question is what future do we want for the BBC.

Jean Seaton is Professor of Media History, University of Westminster, Director of the Orwell Foundation and BBC Historian. Her official history of the BBC ‘Pinkoes and Traitors; the BBC and the Nation 1970-1987 was published in 2015. She has been appointed Associate of the Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict in the Imperial War Museum which was launched in June 2018.

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.