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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 Open Lectures leaflet - Spring 2018 (PDF  , 929kb)

See all of our current and previous lectures this term

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Upcoming events

Sat
27
Jan

York Residents' Festival 2018

An opportunity to find out more about this historic building in the centre of York, and about the history of York, with some tours and talks

Wed
31
Jan

Confronting the plunder of the commons

An aspect of the ongoing Global Transformation has been the systematic plunder of the commons, facilitated by globalisation and the neo-liberal economic paradigm guiding governments and international agencies

Thu
1
Feb
Thu
1
Feb

Measuring ability in generic skills - should we and can we?

In relation to generic skills, Higher Education faces two fundamental questions: Should we be measuring the ability of students?; and secondly if we should, can we?

Thu
1
Feb

Humanising animals for medical research - the ethical debates

Professor Tom Baldwin talks about scientific research

Thu
1
Feb

From Cruel Britannia to Caring Britain: The Coming Green Transformation

Natalie Bennett, the former leader of the Green Party, tracks the influence of environmental concerns in British society and points out its growing importance in present and future UK politics

Fri
2
Feb

Ten things about the war in Ukraine you probably didn’t know

A documenter of war crimes in Eastern Ukraine and annexed Crimea will be talking about the war which is ongoing at the centre of Europe

Wed
7
Feb

The Elites, the Establishment and the ‘People’: Analysing the ‘micro-politics’ of right-wing populism

Ruth Wodak explores the ‘new face of politics’ of right-wing populist parties

Wed
7
Feb

Winnicott's magic: 'Playing and reality' and reality

The second of three lectures this year by Visiting Professor Adam Phillips, Writer and Psychoanalyst.

Mon
12
Feb

Pictured together? Constructions of gender, race, and social rank in the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray

“Pictured together?” places the portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray within the pictorial and social conventions of Georgian Britain

Tue
13
Feb

From poetic justice to narrative justice

If poetic justice is about the suitability of the ends of justice, then narrative justice is about the means employed to reach those ends

Tue
13
Feb

From brown to green chemistry: Sustainability, waste and the circular economy

This talk will give examples of turning waste into resource, promoting cradle to cradle rather than cradle to grave thinking, and will highlight global opportunities and barriers to development of Circular Economies

Wed
14
Feb

Waste not, want not: global waste challenges and solutions

The York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and GreenSTEMs host a waste symposium as part of One Planet Week.

Wed
14
Feb

Too tired to think: On (not) producing knowledge in the hyper-productive university

Over recent decades we have witnessed significant transformations of the models of organisation and evaluation of academic work in the UK and elsewhere

Wed
14
Feb

One nation? Sexual orientation discrimination and the geography of the UK

In contemporary British society, many British people now tend to think about the relationship between “sexual orientation” and “geography” in respect of the different levels of treatment of people around the world

Thu
15
Feb

Ethics in public health research and practice

Department of Philosophy Lecture

Fri
16
Feb

Life as an LBQ activist in Kenya

In her talk Gerald will discuss the challenges she has faced in her life both personally and professionally as an openly lesbian woman in a conservative culture in Kenya

Mon
19
Feb

Marginalised mothers: Health communication and maternal health in East Africa, 1920-2017

This talk considers the long history of maternal health in East Africa, examining how health communication has shaped risk assessment and health-related decision-making in both clinical and domestic settings since the 1920s

Wed
21
Feb

Religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales

This talk presents the findings of a research on religious marriage of same-sex couples in England and Wales, conducted by Prof Paul Johnson (the University of York), Prof Robert Vanderbeck (University of Leeds) and Dr Silvia Falcetta (the University of York).

Thu
22
Feb

Urbanity and the implied sense of taste in early modern Iran

Sussan Babaie discusses the conceptual link between the cook and the artist in early modern Iran

Thu
22
Feb

Peak Bull***t - A talk by Evan Davis

Lies and deception, spin, flannel and waffle, Bull**** is everywhere you look

Mon
26
Feb

The secret life of a feminist academic: Heterosexuality, masculinity, shoes and the everyday

Victoria's inaugural lecture traces her intellectual and research passions since the mid 1980’s to the present

Tue
27
Feb

Grenfell: The unfolding dimensions of social harm

Through the emergence of nascent forms of regulating business activities in the 1830s, Britain was the first capitalist country to begin to put in place system of social protection. That system is now being undone

Tue
27
Feb

Danelaw stories: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the Conquest

This talk focuses on two translations of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle produced in the early twelfth century: the Annals of St Neots and Geoffrey Gaimar's History of the English

Tue
27
Feb

Contemporary art from the Arab world and Iran

Roberta Marin discusses the rising interest in art from Iran and the Arab world

Wed
28
Feb

Only disconnect: Central heating and the strange afterlife of social democracy

This talk will explore some of the different ways in which the relationship between housing, energy and heat were imagined by governments and urban planners in post-war Britain

Wed
28
Feb

Building a better computer

Professor Jim Austin has been working on a new concept in computing for over 17 years...

Thu
1
Mar

Saints, sanctity and theologies of healing

This lecture will explore some of the ways in which theologies of sanctity can initiate and enable a journey towards reconciliation and healing

Fri
2
Mar

Chhauppadi – a menstrual taboo in rural Nepal

How does the practice of chhauppadi affect on women’s and girls ability to enjoy their rights? What can be done to promote women’s rights in traditional rural communities?

Tue
6
Mar

Who let the dogs out? Reporting guns, knives, race and crime

Journalist Gary Younge talks about knife crime and its relation to inequality

Tue
6
Mar

Cosmic Roads: Relocating Modernism

History of Art and York Islamic Art Circle Lecture

Wed
7
Mar

Accelerating Academia: Several post-publication reflections

Dr Filip Vostal talks about the perceived speeding-up of time in academia

Thu
8
Mar

From Selma to Moscow: How human rights activists transformed US foreign policy

Professor Sarah Snyder advances a new interpretation of United States foreign policy in the long 1960s, showing that transnational connections and social movements spurred American activism on human rights.

Tue
13
Mar

Green chemistry for tomorrow’s world today

Archbishop Holgate’s Annual Science Lecture

Thu
15
Mar

Creative Engineering

Department of Electronic Engineering Inaugural Lectures

Fri
16
Mar

Shrinking civic space in Sudan

What are the future hopes for human rights organisations working in Sudan?

Tue
20
Mar

Insane society: Mental health and sociology

The world is in a mess. Some of that mess manifests madness...