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Oracy Cambridge’s 2021 Conference: Changing Minds

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Oracy Cambridge’s 2021 Conference: Changing Minds

July 13 - July 15


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.

Live panel discussions based on the presentations and delegates’ responses will be held as one hour twilight sessions, starting at 5.00 pm, and under the following themes:
13th July: Thinking Together
14th July: Beyond Schools
15th July: Changing Minds

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’


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01223 334898