York Festival of Ideas 2015

Surveillance, Security and Snowden

Saturday 20 June

NATO's Deputy Chief of Staff, America's first Webmaster and the Pulitzer Prize-winning defence editor of The Guardian lead an exploration of the nature and effectiveness of state surveillance and the future of cyber security.

Perfect Parents and Perfect Husbands

Friday 19 June

Guardian columnists Zoe Williams and Tim Dowling lead a lively and entertaining debate on profuse parenting advice and being a perfect partner.

Curating Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen

Sunday 14 June

Claire Wilcox, Senior Curator at the V&A celebrates the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen.

The York Festival of Ideas runs from 9 to 21 June 2015 with a theme of Secrets and Discoveries.

With over 150 events to choose from, you're bound to find something to inspire you!

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Credit: Ross Doherty

Scandinavian trade triggered the Viking Age

The Viking Age may have been much earlier - and less violent - than previously thought

The case for UK electoral reform post-election

Professor of Politics Martin Smith argues the UK voting system is broken.

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St Mary's sings out

Listen to the sounds of a Benedictine abbey.

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A sporting tradition

With £9m of new facilities and over 60 sports clubs, we cater for sport at all levels.

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Public lecture: Let us play

Learn how we've made artificial intelligence more intelligent in digital games.

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YuCycle

Bike for bursaries

Ride through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and support access to higher education.

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Pint of Science, 18 - 20 May

Our researchers head out of the lab and into the pub. You can join them for the price of a pint.

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