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.
If you have an accessibility need, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Hamlet’s Elsinore and Elsinore’s Hamlet
In this illustrated talk, Dr Anne Sophie Refskou (University of Surrey) and Lars Romann Engel (Artistic Director of Hamletscenen in Elsinore) discuss the lively history of Hamlet in Denmark, tracing how Shakespeare’s fictional setting for Hamlet has become a real one
Fraud and veracity in early modern observations of generation
Through the cases of two 17th century naturalists and physicians, Ole Worm (1588-1654) and Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), this talk discusses the tensions, negotiations and uncertainties in early modern scientific knowledge production, resulting from the ever-present worries about fraud
Bloody, Bold and Resolute
A lively and varied afternoon, led by experts and practitioners from across disciplines, devoted to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and creative responses to Macbeth
A pre-release screening of this innovative new feature film, shot entirely on green screen.
Fighting For Europe
Those of us who are keen to see the UK remain part of the EU need to target our fight carefully: how shall we do that, and when?
What turns pictures on
This presentation will consider the conditions in which pictures can be activated by the perceptual parameters afforded by their environment
Austen as Wartime Novelist
It is time to reclaim Jane Austen as the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on the home front
Remembering the future
In 'Remembering the Future', Darran Anderson will re-assess utopian ideas in an age of pessimism. In contrast to our technological advances, we seem increasingly powerless and disconnected from our urban surroundings. Looking at projects from Bauhaus to Bjarke Ingels, Anderson will examine the challenges we face and what is needed to reclaim the city for the citizen.
Falling Walls Lab York
York's best and brightest compete to captivate audiences with their groundbreaking research.