Public Lectures

Welcome to the Centre for Lifelong Learning free public lectures.

All lectures require a ticket, please click on the green basket next to your chosen lecture to get a ticket.



The Life and Works of Angela Brazil

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Angela Brazil wrote more than fifty children’s books between 1904 and 1946 and she developed and popularised the schoolgirl literary genre. Her work signalled a new direction in girl’s fiction moving away from restrictive Victorian notions of ideal girlhood to more modern, robust and liberating depictions. Although she is now largely forgotten her work paved the way for famous names such as Enid Blyton, Elinor Brent-Dyer, Ronald Searle and even J K Rowling. This lecture will investigate her life and influence as well as including some readings from her books.

Speaker: Dr Kate Stephenson

  • Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017 
  • Time: 7.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Venue: Room AEW/003 - Alcuin East Wing, Alcuin College

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Should We Really Be Ourselves?

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The concept of being true to oneself or being all one can be is much-valued, but its most comprehensive articulation is by Martin Heidegger, a confirmed National Socialist. In this lecture, I show how Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon meet the ethical challenge posed by authenticity.

Speaker: Rafe McGregor

  • Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017 
  • Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Venue: Room AEW/003 - Alcuin East Wing. Alcuin College

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Listen again

Railway Official Postcards 1900-1914: Articles of Art and Advertising

David Turner - 15 March 2016

Making Amends: Perspectives on Shame and Punishment

Making Amends

David Worsley - 23rd October 2015

An Introduction to Criminology

Criminology Lecture Slides (PDF  , 2,318kb)

David Honeywell
19th May 2015

York Mystery Plays

Cristina Figuerdo
15th May 2015

50 Shades of Clay: Interpreting sensuality and touch in 20th and 21st century ceramic art

Helen Shaw
28th April 2015

York: A Rocky History
Dr Liam Herringshaw
19th February 2015

‘There is nothing outside the box’: considering the institutional narratives and object histories of the Franks Casket
Dr Meg Boulton
3rd February 2015

Judging Books by their Covers
John McKay 
26th November 2014

Secret Ceramic Worlds: The Untold Story of Twentieth Century Ceramic Art
Helen Shaw 
17th November 2014

'I See Bad People': Is the Sixth Sense a Moral Sense?
Rafe McGregor 
6th November 2014

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
John McKay 
12th June 2014

From Page to Place and Back Again
Dr Meg Boulton
3rd June 2014

The Time Lord of York
Dr Liam Herringshaw 
22nd May 2014

William the Conqueror and the Harrying of the North
Gillian Waters 
29th April 2014