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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. More information on reaching the University together with maps and additional parking information can be found on our Information for Visitors webpages.

Download our Summer term 2018 open lectures leaflet (PDF  , 970kb)

See all of our current and previous lectures this term

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Upcoming events

Fri
20
Jul

Playhouses in Shakespeare’s time: why ‘play’? why ‘house’?

As York celebrates the coming of the Rose playhouse to the city, this free pre-show talk asks what ‘playhouse’ really means and how this affects our understanding of Shakespeare

Tue
24
Jul

Richard III: History’s Man and Shakespeare's

In celebration of York’s Summer of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre and the University of York proudly present a free public talk and discussion about the historical King Richard III and the Shakespearean character of Richard ahead of the performance of Richard III at the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre that evening.

Wed
25
Jul

A Midsummer Night's Dream

In celebration of York’s Summer of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre and the University of York proudly present a free pre-show talk, with actor assistance, about the Shakespearean comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Talk given by University of York Shakespearean Professor Judith Buchanan, ahead of the performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre that evening

Mon
30
Jul

Romeo and Juliet

In celebration of York’s summer of Shakespeare, the University of York and Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre are proud to present a free pre-show talk, with actor assistance, about Romeo and Juliet