Open Lectures at the University of York
Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience. Some require tickets (available on 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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The F Word: Feminism on Campus
First-wave feminism achieved women’s suffrage, second-wave achieved reproductive rights and equality in the workplace. But what has the third-wave achieved?
European populisms: Demand-side, supply-side and contextual explanations
Populist movements and parties have thrived in Southern Europe in recent years. Their success is often related to the influence of the financial crisis and its disastrous impact on the quality of life of ample sectors of the population throughout the region, that is, to demand-side variables emerging from an impoverished populations. This presentation reviews reaction to the crisis in Italy, Greece and Spain and examines why political outcomes have been markedly different in these three cases.
Defending the right to protest and to dignity in detention in Egypt
Doaa Mostafa is a lawyer and Criminal Justice Programme Director at the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), an NGO that was established in 2013 and has quickly become one of the leading human rights organisations in the country. ECRF have led the campaign to Stop Enforced Disappearances in Egypt, a human rights violation that has increased dramatically over the past few years.
John Snow: from York to London and Beyond
The lecture will therefore provide an opportunity to celebrate John Snow’s achievements in the context of his Yorkshire origins and to discuss the lasting legacy of his work
Enhancing the city beautiful
York is one of the UK's great heritage cities, and the quality of its centre is one of its chief selling points - it attracts visitors (about 7 million a year), students and entrepreneurs. It is a great place to live. But the quality of the public realm is under threat. Ron will examine some of the issues, and what has recently been done about them, and what can be done. He will mainly refer to the work of the civic trust's City Enhancement Fund, and may well mention his new book: York: changing the face of the city.
The value chain
How to ensure that sustainable supply chain management systems drive value and success for business as much as for society?
Cairo the city victorious
In this lecture, Marin will discuss the beautiful architecture and the highly crafted artworks produced in Cairo from its foundation in 968 to the end of the Ottoman rule in the 19th century
Falling Walls Lab York
York's best and brightest compete to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking research.