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Oracy Cambridge’s 2021 Conference: Changing Minds

Oracy Cambridge’s 2021 conference theme is ‘Changing Minds’.

Hosted online, and open to all, the focus of this year’s conference is the power of spoken communication to create new shared knowledge and understanding, and how it shapes individual ideas and beliefs. A range of speakers will offer new perspectives on the use of spoken language in education and in other social settings.

Pre-recorded presentations will be released on 9th July along with a brief live launch session at 5.00 pm that day.

Discussion panels

Live, chaired panel discussions will be held as one hour twilight sessions, between 5pm and 6pm on three days. Organised by themes, conference speakers will each attend the panel which relates most closely to their presentation. The composition of the panels will be as follows:

Tuesday  13th July: Thinking together.
Christine Howe, Pete Dudley & Neil Mercer (Chaired by Paul Warwick).

Wednesday 14th July: Beyond schools.
Paul Warwick, Rebecca Earnshaw & Lyn Dawes (Chaired by Alan Howe).

Thursday 15th July: Changing minds.
Stephen Coleman, Wendy Lee & Aliyah Irabor-York (Chaired by James Mannion).

Registration (via Eventbrite) will cost £25 and will enable access to the pre-recorded presentations and the three online live sessions. Click here to register or follow the link below.

More details will follow, but we can confirm the following speakers:

Members of Oracy Cambridge
1. Lyn Dawes: ‘Bringing art alive through talk’
2. Pete Dudley: ‘Teachers working together on oracy’
3. Wendy Lee: ‘Hearing the voices of students with special needs’
4. Neil Mercer: ‘How meetings go right – and wrong’
5. Paul Warwick: ‘Organising talk in the virtual world’

External speakers
1. Aliyah Irabor-York: (Founder, The Pupil Power) ‘Speaking up: the power of language to change minds’
2. Beccy Earnshaw: (CEO, Voice 21) ‘Voice 21 and the future of oracy’
3. Christine Howe: (Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Cambridge) ‘Group work in classrooms: Why it still counts’
4. Stephen Coleman: (Professor of Political Communication, University of Leeds) ‘Political talk as social practice’