Local Events Bath

Conversation Club - 13.11.18
1:15pm - 2pm

Improve your English, make friends and have fun! The Club will run each Tuesday from 23 October until 11 December. You will need to sign up each week. 
This is an opportunity for you to practise your spoken English and meet new people. Conversations are led in small groups by English speaking volunteers, some from the UK and some from other countries
This week will be bringing a selection of British Board Games!
Places are limited, so please only sign up if you can attend.
Reading Round: a reading group run by a professional author
2:30pm - 4pm

This is an exciting opportunity to get together with other people who love literature. Led by a professional writer, the group listens to a short story or a poem and then discusses it. We roam around the world without leaving our chairs!  A friendly and welcoming group - no experience is necessary as the most important thing is a love of literature.  The group meets weekly on a Tuesday afternoon.
Please note: this event is currently full. If you would like to go on a waiting list, please contact the organiser.
Better Bilingual EAL Network Meeting (BANES)
3:45pm - 5pm

Who is this BANES EAL Network Meeting for?
If you have an interest in EAL provision in education, you are welcome, whether you are:

an educator in EYFS, primary or secondary
a trainee teacher
a parent/carer
a governor
working with EAL children, young people or families in collaboration with schools.

What is the format?
Our BANES EAL Network Meetings are free and informal gatherings, scheduled for ‘after school’ and beginning with a cup of tea & a biscuit at 3.45pm. We start promptly at 4pm with our EAL updates, move onto discussions about a particular EAL topic, invite your EAL contributions & questions, and finish by 5pm.

Why should you attend?

Local & national EAL updates
Sharing of EAL good practice
Voicing of EAL concerns & questions
Networking opportunities
Signposting to EAL resources & events
Request an EAL topic for next time!

BGGD Reloaded #3 - AI ethics and other challenges
Bath Girl Geek Dinners
6pm - 8pm

Hello there fellow earthling -

Our third meetup will be hosted by Seccl Technology in their new office space. So come in and enjoy the start-up environment - some chairs will be provided.

We will have two wonderful speakers today:

Kerry the co-founder of tinygiant.io, will explore both the light and dark side of A.I. Find out how artificial intelligence is shaping the creative industries, uncover the challenges of gender bias in algorithms - and discover why it’s so important for women to participate in the conversation.

Catherine Hodges, a local business owner of two successful hair salons is going to talk to us about the challenges of running your own business. Discover if there is such thing as work-life-balance and what Cat has figured out on her journey.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Fi’s leaving drinks
Bath Girls and Guys 20s and 30s (ish)
6pm - 11pm

Most of you have probably met the lovely Fi (pic below) at recent meet ups

Unfortunately she is leaving us to return to uni sooner than originally planned

Therefore I would like to invite you to some leaving drinks in her honour

Dinner is optional for those wishing to partake

Please come along to wish her well :)
Spiritual Development: Come on a journey of meditation and guided visualisation
Metaphysical Meetup in Bath
7pm - 8:30pm

Relax, unravel and unwind in this month's spiritual development session.

Tonight we'll talk about meditation; things that stop us from relaxing, how to spot stress pitfalls before they arrive (and how to prevent them), and how to stay relaxed in difficult situations. Following this will be a practical guided visualisation, allowing you to experience the benefits of meditation for yourself.

As usual, you're more than welcome to bring any questions you have and I look forward to seeing you!

Gender, Sex, Identity and Relationships in the 21st Century
Café Philo Bristol and Bath
7pm - 9pm

Facebook now has 71 possible gender types[1]. For some explanation, see[2].

Has the diversity of sexuality really changed, or are we just – like autism or other, physical, maladies - better at recognising and accepting them? Criticism – from some corners[3] – has been leveled at those people who “identify” as a non-conformist gender/sex. They’re young people trying to shock their parents’ generation, or mentally ill[4] people in need of “fixing”. It’s just a phase.

That sentiment was similarly leveled at homosexuals in the latter half of the 20th century, with public acceptance of and support for things such as gay marriage only recently[5] surpassing 50%. Times and attitudes change, shouldn’t we embrace peoples’ self-proclaimed sex/identity and just accept it? An open, welcoming society that does not discriminate against a person for their sexual preferences is surely a more peaceful, harmonious one?

Are we in danger of being too accepting though? What about freedom of speech – a right the Supreme Court has recently reaffirmed[6] – and our choice to not just accept how someone decides to identify themselves; Do protests and “no-platforming” of people who express contrary opinions really aid the public discourse? Should we really spend so much time and effort in focusing on what is ultimately a very small minority of people?

How intertwined are our personal and gender identities?
What societal norms or rules do we need to ensure all are afforded equal rights?
What role, if any, does the state have in supporting (via taxes or other legislation) unconventional relationships?

More fundamentally what is meant by "gender"? It seems to be much more complicated than when it was synonymous with "sex": male or female, determined at birth for almost everybody, and fixed for life.

"Gender" now seems to include other attributes of our personalities. Why has it become more complicated? "Gender re-assignment" surgery certainly opens more possibilities, but perhaps the roots are in the extreme polarisation of sexual stereotypes, which leave many of us feeling uncomfortable misfits in the pigeon-holes that society tries to place us in?

Is the term "gender" being too overloaded – perhaps instead we need a richer set of separate attributes – each with a continuous scale, to describe important aspects of who we are. What traits are significant in this richer notion of "gender"?

Examples might include:
Sex at birth
Sex after surgery
Sexual attraction (orientation)
Level of sexual drive
Clothing/style preference (dresses or trousers; colourful/flowers or blues/greys; long or short hair; extent of removal of natural body hair…)
… and more controversially perhaps, with tongue firmly in cheek …
Ease, ability and readiness to discuss emotions and feelings
Ease, ability and readiness to read maps
Muscular appearance
Physical strength
Dominant or Submissive personality
Willingness to listen without trying to identify problems and propose solutions
Ability to multi-task
Power tools or knitting needles?
And of course, which variety of public convenience do you feel most comfortable using?

To what extent do these and other attributes have anything to do with "gender"? What is it that makes us "men" or "women" or something different? Why do some people feel the need to express so much about themselves when asked for their biological sex? Why do we need to know someone's "gender" at all?

Why are traditional sexual stereotypes still portrayed so strongly in the media, especially in advertising?

Lots for us to consider.

1 - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10930654/Facebooks-71-gender-options-come-to-UK-users.html
2 - http://neutrois.com/definitions/terms/
3 - https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/12/28/12-ridiculous-times-the-daily-mail-got-upset-about-lgbt-people-in-2017/
4 - https://www.madinamerica.com/2014/12/homosexuality-came-dsm/
5 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40743946
6 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45789759
Business Model Canvas - turning your idea into a business idea
South West Social Impact through Business
8pm - 10pm

If you have an idea for how to make the world a better place, but can't imagine how to make it work financially, this is the place to come! We explore ideas around business models, value propositions, and social and environmental impact, to develop plans that can turn into sustainable realities.