Edge Hill University will open its doors to the public on the weekend of 2nd and 3rd June for Food for Thought, an inspiring programme of talks and events accompanied by a vegan food festival.

Food for Thought is part of Edge Hill’s annual Festival of Ideas, which this year explores a theme of Equalities and it also links in with the University’s Wonder Women programme which throughout 2018 celebrates the centenary of some women gaining the right to vote for the first time.

Events on Saturday 2nd June will focus on the Suffrage Movement and modern feminism. They include alternative independent publishers 404 Ink on the ‘Nasty Woman’ phenomenon, a public lecture on online mysogyny, an exhibition of vintage satirical Punch cartoons showing various views of the suffrage movement and a banner-making workshop from Manchester’s People’s History Museum.

On Sunday 3rd June a series of talks will explore a plethora of individual equalities, examining how we relate to one another and the impact of our choices upon culture, politics and the environment.

This thought-provoking weekend will also feature a vibrant vegan marketplace in The Hub selling everything from cupcakes to Caribbean food and vegan sushi plus a wide range of ethical produce including make-up and clothing.

Food for Thought is a response to a huge shift in consumer demands, as more and more people consider animal rights when making dietary choices. Veganuary 2018 was a record-breaking event, with over 150,000 people worldwide taking part, and articles and trending stories have become ubiquitous on social media.

Victoria Foster, Associate Director of Edge Hill’s Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice, said: “I am thrilled that the University is supporting this two-day event because it shows an understanding that the personal decisions we make about diet and lifestyle can have a major impact on the world around us. Moving towards a vegan way of life, even if the steps taken are relatively small, can make for more equal relationships between humans and other animals, as well as for greater harmony with the earth itself. This is vital for the lives of future generations across the globe.”

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