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. 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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Madness: Ideas about insanity
This talk will examine the question ‘what is madness?’. Ideas from psychiatry and the social sciences will be applied to the autobiographical stories of those considered mad in the past and in the present
Sexual selection and queer beauty
This lecture deals with the tension between an orthodox theory of the sexual selection of ornament, the "sense of beauty," and the "art-sense" in the struggle for successful mating within the (human) species, on the one hand, and, on the other, the role of non-procreatively oriented sexualities in the generation of attractions and forms of beauty
Professor Shuger is the author of many important books including The Renaissance Bible (1994), and is a former colleague of CA Patrides.
Healthy eating as the new religion
From the ancient Pythagoreans to the Transcendentalist movement in nineteenth century America, what we ingest has long been imbued with spiritual significance
Public faith and the everyday ethics of urban life
This lecture explores conservative evangelicals’ everyday efforts to ‘go public’ with their faith – including their countercultural teachings on gender, sexuality, and other religions – and how their efforts are shaped by their sense of themselves as a persecuted minority in a secular city
Getting romantic at the movies: An old look at a new art
Romanticism and the movies make unlikely bedfellows: the former is outmoded and focused on the individuality of the artist; the latter are both recent and completely collaborative. In this lecture, Rafe shows why the unlikely couple might nonetheless be a match made in heaven