In the last year Signs of the Times have run the following seminars.

The American Empire: War, Iraq and the New Internationalism

With Mike Marqusee Stop the War activist and author of 'Redemption Song: Muhammed Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties'
Milan Rai author of War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons against War on Iraq and activist with the peace group ARROW (Action to resist the roots of war)

A Spin too Far: New Labour and the irresistible rise of popular disaffection

With Alan Finlayson author Making Sense of New Labour (see:
Hilary Wainwright editor of Red Pepper (

The Union Tavern,52 Lloyd Baker Street, London WC1 at 7.30pm. Free.

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Crime and Punishment
The Politics of Policing in the 21st Century (March 2003)

3rd March Capital Crimes: The Future of Policing in London

Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority
Professor Janet Foster, London School of Economics

10th March Criminal justice now: 'Monstrousness' and the erosion of civil liberties

Mary Riddell, the Observer
In conversation with
Prof Phil Scraton, Director of Centre for Studies in Crime and Social Justice, Edge Hill College of Higher Education

17th March Communities Policing: ethnicity and accountability

Dr Michael Keith, Department of Sociology Goldsmiths College
Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Fein councillor, Belfast
Rajiv Menon
from Newham Monitoring Project

24th March Women and criminal justice

Vera Baird MP QC, Chair of Fawcett Commission on Women and Criminal Justice Katherine Rake Director, Fawcett
Dr Maggie Wykes, Dept of Law at the University of Sheffield

31st March The future of policing: privatisation and private security

Professor Les Johnston, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth

Professor Gloria Laycock, Director of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science

Monday 19 May, 7.30pm
Work, Pleasure and Consumption

MARTIN RYLE and KATE SOPER, co-authors of To Relish the Sublime? Culture, Self-Realization in Postmodern Times explored the emerging demoocratic discontents in the contemporary worlds of work, pleasure and consumption.

Sunday 21 June

Signs of the Times Summer School
Social Forums and the Politics of Protest

From the WTO and G8 demonstrations in Seattle and Genoa to the huge anti-war movement a protest politics is emerging that is global, popular and idealistic. Days of Hope brings together writers, thinkers and activists to discuss the World, European and local Social Forums that these protests have helped found to provide a space beyond party politics, develop a base in communities and practice a new internationalism.

Katherine Ainger co-editor New Internationalist
Graeme Chesters co-founder
Liz Davies former chair Socialist Alliance
Paul Kingsnorth author One No, Many Yeses
Caroline Lucas Green Party MEP
Chantal Mouffe author The Democratic Paradox
Mike Marqusee author Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties
Hilary Wainwright editor Red Pepper