Open Lectures at the University of York
Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience. Some require tickets (available on individual event pages) but most do not. Where tickets are needed, this is also indicated in the publicity.
We distribute information on upcoming lectures to interested members of the public at the start of each academic term (October, January and April). If you would like to receive a free copy of this leaflet either by email or by post, please join our mailing list. Updated lecture details are also available here on our web pages. As they are updated frequently, they may publicise lectures which we were unable to include in the leaflet.
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After great wrongs: From memory to the present
As the Holocaust recedes in time, the guardianship of its legacy is being passed on from its survivors and witnesses to the next generation. How should they, in turn, convey its knowledge to others? What are the effects of a traumatic past on its inheritors? And what are the second generation's responsibilities to its received memories? Eva Hoffman - a child of Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust, but whose entire families perished - explores through personal reflections, and considering historical, psychological, and moral implications of the second-generation experience.
Son of Saul - film screening
Join the University of York Jewish Society at a screening of Son of Saul, the 2015 Hungarian Oscar winner directed by Laszlo Nemes about a day-and-a-half in the life of Saul Auslander, a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando.
Resisting planetary gentrification: The cases of Istanbul, London and Rome
The process of gentrification has produced one of the largest literatures in urban studies, yet there have been few academic studies of resistance to gentrification; indeed detailed studies of anti-gentrification protests, struggles and activism seem to have been side-lined by attention to the causes and effects of gentrification
Inspiring sustainable behaviour
Why do short-term memory tasks change our behaviour? How do commitment gaps change outcomes? How is our worry-profile the same as an Argentinean farmer’s? What is the answer to inspiring sustainable behaviour?
The problem of suffering: A Thomistic response
In this lecture, Professor Stump will present and defend the theodicy of Thomas Aquinas as a representative medieval account of the world and God's reasons for allowing suffering in it.
Vertical: The city from satellites to bunkers
What does it mean to be above or below in today’s rapidly urbanising world? As humans excavate deep into the earth, build ever-higher into the skies, and saturate airspaces and inner orbits with all sorts of machines, how might we understand the remarkable verticalities of our world?
The human rights crisis in Burundi
Marc Niyonkuru is an independent journalist from Burundi who has reported on human rights violations since 2008. He has investigated and disclosed arms trafficking and human rights abuse during the electoral process
What is fiction (good) for?
In this lecture, Rafe shows that while there is no essential link between fiction and personal or political growth, there are at least three ways in which stories make a moral difference.
The rehabilitation of torture victims
Nodjigoto Charbonnel is the director of the Centre de Réhabilitation des Victimes de la Torture (AJPNV) in Chad. The AJPNV works primarily towards the rehabilitation of torture victims, the abolition of torture, and the education of citizens of Chad on human rights. It provides medical, psychosocial and legal support to victims of torture, IDPs, and female victims of sexual violence
European populisms: Demand-side, supply-side and contextual explanations
Populist movements and parties have thrived in Southern Europe in recent years. Their success is often related to the influence of the financial crisis and its disastrous impact on the quality of life of ample sectors of the population throughout the region, that is, to demand-side variables emerging from an impoverished populations. This presentation reviews reaction to the crisis in Italy, Greece and Spain and examines why political outcomes have been markedly different in these three cases.
Defending the right to protest and to dignity in detention in Egypt
Doaa Mostafa is a lawyer and Criminal Justice Programme Director at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an NGO that was established in 2013 and has quickly become one of the leading human rights organisations in the country. ECRF have led the campaign to Stop Enforced Disappearances in Egypt, a human rights violation that has increased dramatically over the past few years.
John Snow: from York to London and Beyond
The lecture will therefore provide an opportunity to celebrate John Snow’s achievements in the context of his Yorkshire origins and to discuss the lasting legacy of his work
Enhancing the city beautiful
York is one of the UK's great heritage cities, and the quality of its centre is one of its chief selling points - it attracts visitors (about 7 million a year), students and entrepreneurs. It is a great place to live. But the quality of the public realm is under threat. Ron will examine some of the issues, and what has recently been done about them, and what can be done. He will mainly refer to the work of the civic trust's City Enhancement Fund, and may well mention his new book: York: changing the face of the city.
Cairo the city victorious
In this lecture, Marin will discuss the beautiful architecture and the highly crafted artworks produced in Cairo from its foundation in 968 to the end of the Ottoman rule in the 19th century