Public Lectures at the University of York
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.
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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.
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In this smaller, more relaxed public lecture held in The Courtyard we welcome back Doctor Martin Smalley. He is a well known lecturer within the York Physics department, teaching core modules in every undergraduate degree and joins us this time to enlighten us as to how science changes through time.
Abelard and Heloise: Vessels of misery, vessels of glory
The most brilliant master of the twelfth century fell in love with a brilliant student, who reciprocated his love. Theirs, however, is not a story of romance but one marked with tragedy. This lecture will deal with their remarkable lives.
Fashion on the ration: Clothing culture in World War II
This lecture will provide an overview of the art of dress during the Second World War. Considering the limitations and regulations and exploring some of the ingenious and thrifty solutions to these, this lecture will offer an introduction to clothing culture in Home Front Britain.
The global investment context: Money, macro and markets
On the backdrop of a confluence of disruptions that is often characterised as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a tepid global economy that is arguably characterised by secular disinflation, divergence between developed and emerging markets, heightened risks of geopolitics and polarisation and unchartered territory in monetary and regulatory policy – how does one navigate the investing landscape?
Sonic Sea - film showing
Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary film about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life.
The democratic interface
Lance Bennett will talk about the growing disillusionment with political parties and governments in democratic systems