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Open Lectures at the University of York

A lecture audience (c) John Houlihan

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.

If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at open-lectures@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 Autumn 2017 open lectures leaflet (PDF  , 3,785kb)

See all of our current and previous lectures this term

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Upcoming events

Tue
21
Nov

Thinking differently? Autism and prehistoric art

Penny will take you on a journey through how individuals with autism think differently, what we know of social support and tolerance in the distant past, and conflicting debates about ice age art and lastly come to some perhaps surprisingly conclusions about the role of autism in the distant past

Tue
21
Nov

Madness: Ideas about insanity

Peter Morrall examines the question 'what is madness?'

Wed
22
Nov

Squalor and Idleness

The fourth in the series of lectures looking at the welfare state

Fri
24
Nov

Modern painters, old masters: The art of imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War

An extended comparison of the two images that are on the cover of Liz’s book by the same title

Tue
28
Nov

The age of radicals: Politics in an age of turbulence

Social and Political Sciences Seminar Series with Jamie Bartlett from the Centre for Analysis of Social Media

Tue
28
Nov

“In my end is my beginning”: Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tristram Shandy

A few thoughts and observations on Vol IX of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and how Sterne has influenced contemporary writers and artists.

Tue
28
Nov

Four fish: Fishing, farming and the future of the last wild food

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation...

Tue
28
Nov

Insults, invective and the unspeakable: Transgressive speech in the Middle Ages

Dr Vicki Blud explores some of the major social, political and cultural conflicts of the late medieval period through contemporary dispute, insult and invective

Wed
29
Nov

Ageing, stigma and biopolitics in the 21st Century

Growing old ‘badly’ is stigmatizing, a truism that is enrolled into contemporary agendas for the biomedicalization of ageing

Wed
29
Nov

21st Century Giants – a panel debate

The last in our series looking at the Five Giants of the Beveridge report

Tue
5
Dec

Understanding text and stone: A history of Christian symbols in Mamluk architecture

During this talk Sami will analyse the case of Christian spolia and symbols, in Mamluk architecture, with cases ranging from utilitarian, esoteric, and commemoration of Christian individuals

Thu
7
Dec

M1 39 to 42 Smart Motorway: The story behind the roadworks and the signs

The story behind the Smart Motorway and its roadworks and signs

Fri
8
Dec

Transforming care, innovation and leadership through clinical academic roles

Debbie Carrick-Sen talks about clinical academic roles