University salons

Living Freedom aims to renew freedom through education and debate. Our University Salons are open forums where students – and academics – come together in order to understand and debate freedom in the twenty-first century. They aim to help us all better understand how to argue for freedom today.

Some salons will reflect on important thinkers from history and offer an opportunity to understand the emergence of key ideas and ideals and debate if and how they remain important in the present. Others focus in on contemporary hot topics from social media to religious freedom, and will explore the complexities of these issues and their implications for free speech.

Salons aim to attract a diverse audience and are open to everyone. Each will start with a short, accessible talk from thought-provoking experts, authors or critics. Talks are followed by plenty of time for discussion, with the chance to ask questions and put forward points of your own.


Tuesday 6 February
Oriel College, University of Oxford

Wednesday 7 February
Critical Subjects Architecture School, London

Thursday 15 February
Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Friday 16 February
South College, University of Durham

Tuesday 20 February
King’s College, University of Aberdeen

Thursday 22 February
University of Warwick

Tuesday 12 March
Trinity College Dublin

Tuesday 19 March
London School of Economics

Wednesday 20 March
University of Exeter

Monday 25 March
University of Edinburgh

University Salons are supported by the Ian Mactaggart Programme. Administered by the Free Speech Union, the Ian Mactaggart Programme was established to foster a culture of open debate, independent thinking and free expression among young people in the UK, especially students.

Invite us to your university
We’re keen to spread our wings, so if you’d like to host a salon at your university, invite us! Just fill in the form here.

You can find more details about, and reserve a place at, forthcoming University Salons here.

You can find details of past University Salons here.