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Disagreeing Well in an Online World

26 March 2024, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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Join us on ’s Bloomsbury campus for this interactive panel event discussing the topic: Disagreeing Well in an Online World.

This event is free.

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Bloomsbury Theatre
15 Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0AH

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Join us at the Bloomsbury Theatre for the second event in our Disagreeing Well public series - Disagreeing Well in an online world. The event brings together a highly acclaimed panel of speakers, chaired by Ayesha Hazarika, broadcaster and Times Radio presenter. The panel will discuss the impact that social media platforms have on our society, and how we can better communicate with people who hold very different views to our own. The event will examine the rise of misinformation online and the damage it can cause, as well as the opportunities that communicating online can bring.

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  • Ayesha Hazarika (Broadcaster and Times Radio presenter) - Panel Chair 
  • Inaya Folarin Iman (Journalist and Founder of The Equiano Project)
  • Gina Miller (Businesswoman and Activist, Founder of the True & Fair Party) 
  • Jess Phillips (Labour MP)
  • Shreiya Singh (President of 's TEDx Society and undergraduate history student at )

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the North Cloisters, Wilkins Building on Gower Street.

If you are unable to join the event in-person, you can .

This event is part of ’s campaign, Disagreeing Well campaign.

Disagreeing Well is about how we live together as a community in which there are many differences of opinion, often deeply held and personally felt.

Disagreeing Well is an essential life skill that brings enormous benefits to individuals and society. By approaching disagreements with respect, curiosity and a desire to find common ground, we can nurture understandingand solve shared problems.

This series of events seeks to explore what is required to help people to Disagree Well. Looking across different topics from ‘disagreeing in the online world’ to ‘disagreeing in public life’, a diverse range of speakers will share their insight, knowledge and personal experiences about how we can learn to disagree well, and reflect upon what happens when we do not.

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  • There is step free access into the Bloomsbury Theatre
  • This is a hybrid event so you can join the talks in-person or online via YouTube
  • BSL interpreters will be available at the event, please emailticketing@ucl.ac.uk for further details
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  • For full North Cloisters access details please visit the

If you have access requirements, please call 020 3108 1000 (Mon-Fri, 12-5pm) or email ticketing@ucl.ac.uk to arrange guaranteed seating. Access information about the Bloomsbury Theatre can be found on the

Please note that as this is a free event it has been oversubscribed and therefore tickets do not guarantee entry so we recommend arriving early so you can take your seat in good time. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

This event will include discussions about complex topics and themes, with audience participation and debate. Whilst under 18’s are welcome, they must attend with an adult who understands the nature of this event.

About the Speakers

Ayesha Hazarika

Broadcaster and Times Radio presenter

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Broadcaster, comedian and writer Ayesha is known for her insightful and witty opinions, and her informed observations on current affairs and politics.

Host of the Weekend Drivetime show on Times Radio every Saturday and Sunday, where she dissects the news and events across Westminster and beyond with a plethora of interesting and engaging guests, Ayesha is also a regular contributor on Question Time (BBC Two), Good Morning Britain (ITV), The Jeremy Vine Show (C5), The News Quiz (Radio 4), Lorraine (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Richard Osman’s House Of Games (BBC Two), and Breaking The News (Radio Scotland).

Jess Phillips

Labour MP

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Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election.

Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable. Before becoming an MP, Jess worked for Women’s Aid in the West Midlands developing services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, human trafficking and exploitation. She became a Councillor in 2012. In this role, she worked tirelessly to support residents with her work being recognised when she became Birmingham's first ever Victims Champion.

Since becoming an MP, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it most and has earned a reputation for plain speaking. Since being elected she has been unfazed by threats and continued to call out sexist attitudes as she promotes women’s rights. Until recently, Jess was Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding.

Inaya Folarin Iman

Journalist and Founder of The Equiano Project

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Inaya Folarin Iman is a broadcast journalist and contributing editor at the Daily Mail.
She is the Founder and Director of The Equiano Project, a forum to promote freedom of speech and open dialogue on the subjects of race, identity and culture.
She is the Cultural Management and Youth Engagement Trustee for the National Portrait Gallery and is a panellist on the moral and ethical BBC Radio 4 programme Moral Maze.

Gina Miller

Leader of True and Fair Party and Co-Founder of SCM Direct and MoneyShe

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Gina Miller is a dynamic businesswoman, activist and now, UK political party leader. She co-founded SCM Direct in 2009 as a democratising, modern wealth management company with values rooted in honesty, fairness and transparency to counter issues in the sector that contributed to poor consumer outcomes and the Global Financial Crisis 2007/8.

Gina’s campaigning has led to successful campaigning on issues as diverse as modern-day slavery, domestic violence, special needs, inequality, social justice, and online abuse. Her work in the charity sector over the last 20 years has helped improve governance, sustainability and safeguarding.

Gina published her memoir ‘Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way.’ Also most recently, Gina launched a new political party, the True & Fair Party, with the strap ‘we deserve better’ which will focus on cleaning up politics and electoral reform, and sustainable, pragmatic policy making.

Shreiya Singh

President of 's TEDx Society and undergraduate history student at

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Shreiya Singh is a third-year History student at University College London () and is passionate about cultivating vibrant debates and embracing multifaceted viewpoints. With a background in public speaking, debating, and Model United Nations, she brings valuable skills to her role as President of ’s TEDx Society, where she is dedicated to promoting a platform for the exchange of diverse perspectives and compelling ideas.