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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 publiclectures@york.ac.uk 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

Thu
26
May

Investigating and prosecuting crime across Europe: The case for a collaborative approach based on justice and human rights

This event has been cancelled due to a requirement for all MPs to be in Parliament on this date. Our apologies for any disappointment caused.

Tue
31
May

Scientific Revolutions

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.

Wed
1
Jun

Conversion Hysteria III: Loose Change

Adam Phillips returns for another brilliant lecture!

Wed
1
Jun

Steven Woolfe MEP: The Futures of Britain and UKIP

York Union present MEP, Steven Woolfe

Thu
2
Jun

“Picnicking in Eden”: Gardens of the mind in fiction and life-writing

Professor Dame Hermione Lee presents this year's Patrides lecture

Fri
3
Jun

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.

Sun
5
Jun

The Battle of Jutland: Mathematical wargaming of naval conflict

This event is a mixture of lecture, wargame and simulation

Mon
6
Jun

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.

Wed
8
Jun

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?

Thu
9
Jun

Understanding Maximilien Robespierre

Professor Colin Jones presents the Annual Aylmer Lecture

Wed
15
Jun

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.

Thu
16
Jun

Cover versions: Reading book covers in the digital age

This lecture will explore the fate of book cover design in light of the rise of the E-reader. It will also address and respond to the proposal that cover design is a dying art form .

Mon
20
Jun

Rethinking coinage and coin use in Roman Britain

The first of this term's public lectures hosted by the Centre for Lifelong Learning

Wed
29
Jun

Meet author AL Kennedy

Writers at York present AL Kennedy

Thu
14
Jul

'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

Mon
18
Jul

The democratic interface

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