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sunday * september 21

THE ROUTE TO REFORM

Speakers: Ed Davey MP, Kirsty Williams AM Chair: Lord Robert Maclennan

1pm, Ash Room, Quality Hotel, Brighton. Sandwiches provided. Organised by Make Votes Count for Liberal Democrats

tuesday * september 23

MY VIEW, MY VOICE, MY VOTE-BEING HEARD BETWEEN ELECTIONS

Hansard Society/Electoral Commission fringe meeting, Liberal Democrat Party Conference. Speakers: Alan Beith MP, Lord Dholakia, Lord Clement-Jones, Matthew Taylor MP, Paul Tyler MP.

6.15pm-7.30pm Buckinqham Suite, Metropole Hotel, Brighton. Admission free. Refreshments. For further details, contact Hansard Society at: hansard@hansard.lse.ac.uk

thursday * september 25

HUMAN GENETICS COMMISSION PLENARY MEETING IN CARDIFF

What: The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) is holding its next plenary meeting on 25 September and the public is invited to attend as observers.

Agenda: The HGC will be discussing its future work on paternity testing and genetics and reproductive decision-making. It will also be Considering the UK Biobank Ethics Governance Framework and the Government response to its report Inside Information, including such issues as DNA theft, genetic discrimination and profiling babies at birth.

10am-2pm, City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff. To reserve a seat for this meeting, please let the HGC secretariat know by telephoninq 020 79721518 or e-mailing hgc@doh.gsi.gov.uk with your details. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

saturday * september 27

AMERICAN CULTURE IN EUROPE: AMERICANISATION & ANTI-AMERICANISM SINCE 1945

This conference will provide a forum for in-depth analysis and lively discussion of the impact of American culture and cultural anti-Americanism in Europe since the Second World War.

Speakers include: Richard Crockatt, Godfrey Hodgson, Mick Hume, Rob Kroes, Robert McGeehan, Ziauddin Sardar, and Polly Toynbee.

The Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford. There is no conference fee but advance registration is required. For further details, visit the RAI website at: www.rai.ox.ac.uk or contact Cheryl Hudson at: cheryl.hudson@rai.ox.ac.uk or tel: (+44) 01865 282 711.

sunday * october 5

PASSAGES

The British Institute of Human Rights invites you to "Passages", an evening of readings, music and food at the Almeida Theatre. The performers are Joan Bakewell, Pat Barker, Alan Bennett, Bonnie Greer, David Hare, Ian McEwan and Jonathan Pryce.

Please refer to www.bihr.org or contact Rosa at events@bihr.org or on 020 74012722 for more information.

SOUTH AFRICA 2004: A DECADE OF FREEDOM--THE DECADE AHEAD

Friday 24-Sunday 26 October.

Conference to mark the approaching tenth anniversary of the end of apartheid. Leading representatives of government, trade unions, business, NGOs and campaigning groups from South Africa, Europe and the UK.

Organised by the South African High Commission.

Full programme and fees, please visit: www.southafricahouse.com or e-mail: s.round@ southafricahouse.com or tel: 020 7451 7139. Advance registration strongly recommended. Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. …