Public Debate about Leung film
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/10/25
On 28th October, the SPECTATOR magazine (London UK) arranged a debate on the occasion of a screening of Brent Leung’s “House of Numbers”.
I await with high interest a report on that debate, which featured Professor Beverly Griffin (Imperial College London), Dr Joe Sonnabend (founding editor of AIDS Research), Rt. Hon. Lord Norman Fowler (former UK Secretary of State for Health), Charles Geshekter (emeritus, California State University) as well as Brent Leung, Director/Producer.
In the meantime, one can read this preview of the debate by Neville Hodgkinson already published at the SPECTATOR.
STOP PRESS, 26 OCTOBER: Screening and debate were cancelled at very short notice, will be rescheduled.
“I am writing to inform you that, with much regret, the event on “Aids – realism or denial” due to take place on Wednesday 28 October, has been cancelled due to several members of the panel having pulled out at the last minute, leaving us with an unbalanced panel which would not make for a rounded discussion on the film.
The purpose of the event was to have a rational and balanced discussion in an area of science too often characterised by hysteria. House of Numbers is a controversial film and we wanted it scrutinised by leading authorities and to follow its showing with real debate encompassing a wide spectrum of opinion. It has proved very difficult to put together a panel which could do this. We thought we had managed but several last-minute defections have defeated us. We will look at staging this event at a later date with another, more dependable panel.
We apologise to you who signed up to attend, however, we have been left with no option but to cancel.
We will be fully reimbursing your ticket fees today and can confirm that the refund should show in your accounts by the end of the week. We will be in touch should we manage to stage this event in the future. In meantime, we would like to thank you for your support and encourage you to visit our website on http://www.spectator.co.uk/events to view our forthcoming events which may be of interest.
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