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Public Lectures at the University of York

A lecture audience (c) John Houlihan

Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.  Some require tickets (available from our tickets page) but most do not. Where tickets are needed, this is 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.

If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at or 01904 324466, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

The majority of lectures are held on the University campus. There is a regular bus service and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle. Car parking is available in the Pay&Display car parks, which are free after 6pm. Please note however space in the Field Lane car park on Campus East is limited. More information on reaching the University together with maps and additional parking information can be found on our Information for Visitors webpages.

Download our current leaflet.

See all of our current and previous lectures this term

Have a question about public lectures? See our FAQs, or email us. 

Upcoming events


Poetry Reading: Alice Oswald

Writers at York present poet Alice Oswald


The Divide - film screening

A screening of the film based on the book 'The Spirit Level', authored by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, followed by Q&A with the authors.


'On This Day in 1816’: The Bicentenary of Frankenstein’s Composition

Join us for an evening of readings from the works of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, celebrating exactly 200 years since Mary Shelley began to write one of the most famous novels in the English language: Frankenstein


The democratic interface

Lance Bennett will talk about the growing disillusionment with political parties and governments in democratic systems