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 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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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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Paintings and photographs
Gregory Currie discusses the differences between paintings and photographs and how an audience might be affected differently by each type of media
Story-telling in the Great Mongol Shahnama
The launch event, Storytelling in the Great Mongol Shahnama, will see Professor Robert Hillenbrand, author of ten books on Islamic architecture and painting, speak on the Shahnama – the national epic of Iran
The beauty of ruins
This talk will offer some informal reflections on the aesthetic interest of ruins
GeekFest 2016 - Free Saturday talks
GeekFest, York's best pop-culture & comic convention, is back! And it's going to be bigger and better! Open to everyone, and held at the University of York, it's going to be a great weekend with Artists, Dealers, Special Guests and more
GeekFest 2016 - Free Sunday talks
GeekFest, York's best pop-culture & comic convention, is back! And it's going to be bigger and better! Open to everyone, and held at the University, it's going to be a great weekend with Artists, Dealers, Special Guests and more.
Integrity, hypocrisy and the corruption of the 'ideal standard'
One of the difficulties one comes up against when considering the concept of integrity, is the unliveability of the lives of moral exemplars. If we don’t want to give up all our worldly belongings, leave our families, eschew pleasure and comfort, or go and fight in the resistance, does that leave us compromised and corrupted?
Urban Inequalities: Social Distance and Spatial Division
What are the social and spatial implications of deepening economic inequality in cities? Why does economic disparity matter for the social life and spatial form of cities, and what is distinctive about contemporary patterns of urban inequality?
Life after encephalitis
The personal and often devastating experiences of living with an acquired brain injury will be brought vividly to life by Dr Ava Easton, the author of Life after Encephalitis
Couple Relationship, Family Management and the Workplace
In her research Dr Gerlinde Mauerer has analysed the work-life-balance of fathers on parental leave and their female partners, as well as the insights of personal managers on paternal leave practices and career opportunities of part-time employees in Austria
Organometallic anticancer drugs with novel modes of action
Many types of cancer are now treated quite effectively by drugs that are increasingly designed and made on the basis of sound knowledge of their mode of action. Nonetheless, there are very many different types of cancer and despite these advances, there are some tumours that remain difficult to treat.
Rosenberg's war: "Iron, honey, gold"
In her lecture, Jean Liddiard will draw out the relationship between Rosenberg's poems and his comments on them in his letters. She will refer to Leavis's experiences during the First World War and discuss his admiration for Rosenberg and that of his student and later colleague on the board of Scrutiny, DW Harding, one of Rosenberg’s early editors.
Protecting ocean life in an era of rapid global change
How do we protect marine species when we don’t know where they are or even that they exist? How do we protect life in a realm that is hostile to most of the conservation methods used on land? In this talk, drawing on thirty years’ experience studying the sea and its protection, and working with governments and international bodies, Callum Roberts will try to answer these questions.
Miners Shot Down
Film-screening of Miners Shot Down and Q and A with the film's director, Rehad Desai.
Understanding the Global Citizen, c.1200-c.1600
This lecture aims to contribute to answering the puzzling question of how decentralised societies were able to lay the groundwork for globalisation of European history and the European globalisation of the world
In this lecture Alistair Hudson will argue for a rethinking of aesthetics as a universal system of transformation, which permeates and shapes all aspects of our daily lives; in politics, economics, culture and society
The Planet and the public: Communicating geo-environmental science to non-technical audiences
This talk will draw from a decade of putting Earth science 'on the box' to explore a number of questions. How can we best use the entertainment industry to convey 'sound science'? What are the communication barriers that need to be overcome? And also, given the emerging research 'impact' agenda, what are the costs and benefits of early career geo-environmental scientists 'going public'?
Conversion Hysteria 4: Believe It Or Not
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst and has been Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature since 2006. He is the General Editor of the Penguin Freud, and author of more than 16 books of essays and studies from On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored (1993) to Becoming Freud: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2014)
Conservatism and liberalism
In this lecture Andy Hamilton will argue that liberalism and Burkean conservatism lie on a continuum, and that they are analogous in having rationalist and pragmatic forms, the latter represented by Mill