The War in Syria: How Should the World Respond?

Syria represents the epicentre of global conflict in 2015. The heartland of IS, and a country in which USA, Russia and Europe are all engaged in military operations. Should military intervention increase in the region to solve matters?  Do other strategies for ending the conflict exist?


On Saturday 6 February, 3.30pm in The Music Room, The Storey Malu HalasaSimon Mabon & Robin Yassin-Kassab address this question! 

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Tania El Khoury: Gardens Speak

“even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins.”
–Walter Benjamin

Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of 10 ordinary people who have been buried in Syrian gardens. Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves would have recounted it. They are compiled with found audio that evidences their final moments.

Should We Welcome Refugees?

Straining relations with our allies and neighbours, and threatening the very concept of ‘Europe’ itself, migration has taken on a new and different significance in recent years, and is fast becoming the defining political issue of our time. Should we welcome those fleeing conflict in the Middle East, or is Britain full up?


On Saturday 6 February, 11am in The Music Room, The Storey David Goodhart, Homa Khaleeli, Gulwali Passarlay &Colin Grant (Chair) pick appart this pressing question!

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What are the roots of conflict and sectarianism in the Middle East?
Thursday 4th Feb, 7pm  
Lancaster Meeting House,  LA1 1TX
Speaker: Anne Alexander

LUSU and Peter Scott Gallery presents a series of talks on international issues!
Join us for tea, cake and conversation. 
Tuesday 9th Feb

How does culture become a weapon of war?
Enter a cabin built from the same materials as Guantanamo Bay. 
4th-6th The Storey, Reading Room

What Roles can Cinema Play in Post-Conflict Societies?
Saturday 20th 4pm
The Storey, Lecture Theatre,