Talks

Forthcoming Talks

Professor Dennis Hayes is the co-convenor of the Buxton Battle of Ideas festival to be held in the magnificent Devonshire Dome in Buxton, Derbyshire, on Saturday 30 October. Discussing ‘Should we cancel Cancel culture?‘ will be Dennis Hayes (AFAF), Andy Shaw (Comedy Unleashed), and Sophie Watson (Free Speech Champions) and Adam Whittaker (Beauty in the Universe). Ella Whelan will Chair. The debate is sponsored by Academics For Academic Freedom (AFAF)

Past Talks

October 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes chaired a discussion on Selling Out: the McDonaldisation of universities at the Battle of Ideas festival in London on Sunday 10 October.

Professor Dennis Hayes and Professor Eric Kaufmann debated the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill live on Andrew Doyle’s Free Speech Nation programme on GN News on 10 October. It was filmed at the Battle of Ideas Festival in Church House, Westminster, London.

September 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes was a speaker at a panel discussion organised by Dont Divide Us on Tuesday 21 September to discuss the implications for free speech of the ‘Race Equality Charter’ produced by Advance HE for UK universities.

Professor Dennis Hayes talked about The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education in the ‘Uncancelled’ segment of the Mark Dolan Show on GB News on Saturday 11 September.

August 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes talked about free speech and the therapeutic turn in education on GB News on Thursday 5 August at 17.45.

July 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes discussed whether the government’s Free  Speech Bill will effectively challenge campus censorship at the Battle of Ideas festival Open for Debate day on Saturday 31 July at Church House, Westminster, London.

March 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes chaired a discussion with Oxbridge academics, Arif Ahmed, David Butterfield and Paul Yowell on ‘Defending academic freedom: culture and governance’ at the online forum Academic Freedom Under Threat organised by Taylor Vinters and The University of Buckingham on Friday 19 March.

February 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes and Professor Eric Kaufmann debated ‘UK Government’s Free Speech Champion: Hero or Oxymoron?‘ at the first Free Speech Champions ‘Drop In’ workshop on Thursday 11 March.

January 2021

Professor Dennis Hayes was the UK respondent to the new Freedom to Learn policy paper from the National Association of Scholars (US) at an international online event held on Wednesday 13 January.

December 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes gave a talk entitled ‘Je suis Samuel‘ asking people to remember Samuel Paty at the Freedom Babbleon orgnaised by WorldWrite on Saturday 19 December

July 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes introduced a discussion about Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 at the AoI Book Club (online) on 30 July: Who are today’s firemen and what are they burning?

June 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes chaired and East Midlands Salon discussion on 4 June with Vanessa Puppavac and Mladen Pupavac on What is a citizen – Global or National?

May 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes chaired an East Midlands Salon (online) discussion on 7 May on Jo Herlihy’s book Alchemy: a search for truth

Professor Dennis Hayes will be debating the ‘decolonisation of universities’ at the SOAS Festival of Ideas, in London, on Saturday 24 May. He is speaking against the motion to decolonise. (Postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions)

March 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes will be giving a Keynote Lecture in Kristiansand, Norway at the Norwegian Conference on Quality Enhancement in Higher Education on  Tuesday 24 March. (Postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions)

February 2020

Professor Dennis Hayes will be speaking on ‘Education and Schools’ at the Resilient Communities Conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor on Friday 28 February.

November 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes discussed What’s the point of going to university? on a panel with Professor Baroness Alison Wolf and others at the Battle of Ideas festival on Sunday 3 November.

October 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes was ‘in conversation’ with Professor Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford) about The Dangerous Rise of Academic Mobbing at the East Midlands Salon on Thursday 17 October.

September 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes give a keynote lecture How the university lost its way: sixteen threats to academic freedom at the Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network Annual Conference at the University of Wolverhampton on Thursday 12 September.

April 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes  introduced Plato’s Republic at the 2nd Annual Education Studies Conference The three greatest books on education: how relevant are they today? at the University of Derby on Wednesday 10 April 2019.

March 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes discussed the betrayal of Brexit by parliament on The Kay Burley Show, Sky News on 14 March.

February 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes  spoke at the launch of the Midlands Higher Education Policy Network at the University of Wolverhampton on Wednesday 27 February.

Professor Dennis Hayes was a speaker at a plenary panel debate at the ICDE Lillehammer Lifelong Learning Summit 2019 in  Lillehammer, Norway on 13 February.

January 2019

Professor Dennis Hayes was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on  10 January about an attempt by students to remove Emeritus Professor John Finnis from his teaching at the University of Oxford because of this views on homosexuality.

December 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes was interviewed by SKY News  on 11 December for a special roadshow debate on Brexit from the leave heartland of Mansfield.

November 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes talked about Teaching with Academic Freedom and Teaching Without Academic Freedom at Queen Mary University of London on Wednesday 14 November at 13.00.

October 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes challenged the belief that there is a ‘mental health crisis’ on BBC Sunday Morning Live on 14 October in a debate with Alistair Campbell and others.

Professor Dennis Hayes  discussed ‘The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education: Ten Years On’ at the Battle of Ideas on 13 October at the Barbican, London.

September 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes took part in a US debate on the McDonaldization of higher education organised by EdSurge on Tuesday 25 September at 22.00 UK time.

Professor Dennis Hayes spoke on Reversing the therapeutic turn in education at the ResearchED National Conference in London on 8 September.

June 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes reviewed the papers on Sky News Sunrise on Monday 18 June at 6.40, 7.40 and 8.40.

April 2018

Professor Dennis Hayes gave a talk on  ‘Why Hate Speech is Free Speech‘ at the University of Bedfordshire  on 26 April.

October 2017

Professor Dennis Hayes  discussed Groupthink Universities with Nick Hillman (Director, HEPI), Paul A. Taylor (University of Leeds) and Cathy Young (US journalist and commentator) at the Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican on Saturday 28 October (Cinema 3 10 AM).

Professor Dennis Hayes argued for the proposition ‘This house regrets no platforming policies in universities’ at the Warwick Debating Union on Thursday 26 October at 7 PM.

September 2017

Professor Dennis Hayes  spoke on What is the purpose of a university? at Abertay University in Dundee on Wednesday 20 September 2 PM- 4 PM .

June 2017

Professor Dennis Hayes spoke at the Festival of Higher Education 2017 at the University of Buckingham on Thursday 29 June at 2.50 in the Marquee on  Free Speech on Campus; Rights and Responsibilities. Respondent: Professor Anthony Glees, Director, Centre for Security & Intelligence Studies, University of Buckingham. Chair: Professor Sue Edwards, University of Buckingham.

Dennis’s speech was widely reported in the national press, including the TelegraphIndependentand many local papers. He appeared on High Noon Newstalk Radio Dublin on Wednesday 5 July (12.00) discussing ‘Safe Spaces’ in universities with George Hook.