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Lecture to focus on social justice agenda

4 January 2012

Issues which affect the lives of the elderly and children and young people in Wales will be the focus of a free lecture at Glyndŵr University.

The talk, Social Inclusion and the Importance of Listening, will draw upon the findings of Welsh Government-funded studies which focused on discovering the joys, fears and anticipations of both groups.

It will be led by Professor Odette Parry, Professor in Social Welfare and Community Justice, who will discuss the importance of listening to the voices of disadvantaged members of society in order to understand their behaviour.

Research focussing on people from all walks of life has tended traditionally to exclude their voices, Professor Parry will argue, preferring to assert researcher-led hypotheses about human behaviour which are then subject to rigorous, scientific testing.

The lecture, on Thursday 26 January, is the third in Glyndŵr University’s 2011/12 Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series.
Katie Dutton, events coordinator at Glyndŵr University, said: “As a university for the community of north east Wales, we’re delighted to give the public an opportunity to hear from some of our most distinguished Professors.

“Professor Parry’s talk holds particular significance as Glyndŵr University is dedicated to achieving social inclusion. It promises to be a fascinating evening’s entertainment.”

The talk is free to attend and starts at 7pm on 26 January in the Catrin Finch Centre on the university’s Wrexham campus.
Bookings can be made by emailing lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or calling 01978 293466.

Two more lectures will feature in the series later in the year.

Professor Christopher Alan Lewis, Professor of Psychology, will speak on Thursday 26 April 2012 about Mental Health, Religion and Culture. The lecture will include a look at the effects of religious beliefs and practices on the diagnosis and prevalence of psychological disorders.

On Thursday 7 June, Professor Patrick Costello’s talk, Philosophy Goes to School: developing the skills of critical thinking, reasoning and argument in education, will conclude the 2011/12 series. Professor Costello is Professor of Primary Education at Glyndŵr University and will discuss the importance of teaching philosophy in schools and promoting effective thinking in young children.

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