Public lectures: Autumn term 2014

Previous lectures

Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility

Thursday 4 December 2014

Discover the engineering behind Leed's flagship Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility from the lead designers of this ambitious project.

Gridlock: Why global cooperation is failing when we need it most

Thursday 4 December 2014

The issues that increasingly dominate the 21st century cannot be solved by any single country, no matter how powerful. To manage the global economy, prevent runaway environmental destruction, rein-in nuclear proliferation or confront other global challenges, we must cooperate. But our tools for global policymaking – chiefly state-to-state negotiations over treaties and international institutions –have broken down. The result is gridlock. This lecture will focus on gridlock, explain how it has arisen, and how it might be overcome

Cancer through the lens of evolution

Thursday 4 December 2014

The third in our York Biology Lectures series

Fusion reactors: staying cool at 100 million degrees

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Part of the PhysSoc public lectures series

Reformation England and the ‘sense’ of loss

Wednesday 3 December 2014

The greatest sufferer of the ‘puritanisation’ enforced on traditional religion by the 16th-century Reformation was the English church building, particularly the major cult sites, whose devotional infrastructure was radically changed as a result

What are you supposed/expected to do to become a superstar in science?

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Do you know what the main drive of a modern scientist is? Passion, ambition? Wrong!

Informational session and Q&A on work as a dialect coach

Wednesday 3 December 2014

Top film and TV voice coach, Andrew Jack, talks about his work as a dialect coach

The First Date Painting: On Kawara at Altamira

Thursday 27 November 2014

Professor Whitney Davis talks about Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara

Constructability, Solvability and Origami

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Maths Society lecture

Judging books by their covers

Wednesday 26 November 2014

This lecture will attempt to provide an overview of the history of jacket design and how it has developed into a sophisticated marketing tool signposting many aspects of the enclosed text prior to reading.

The Past Informs the Future: Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection in 2014

Wednesday 26 November 2014

The second Annual Lecture from the Yorkshire Country House Partnership

The Life of Breath: new directions in Medical Humanities

Wednesday 26 November 2014

This lecture will take as its theme the future direction of medical humanities

Sustainability through innovation

Tuesday 25 November 2014

The inaugural Bob Evans Business Lecture

The Postracial is the most racial

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Societies historically articulated through race have claimed recently to be postracial. Yet they remain wracked by racial structure and often mounting racist expression

Go Nation: Chinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China

Monday 24 November 2014

Anthropologist Marc L Moskowitz explores the gendered meanings of the game 'Go' in contemporary China

Playing with the Past—Open Afternoon

Saturday 22 November 2014

This open afternoon will consist of a presentation by the Within the Walls team and an opportunity to playfully explore definitions of heritage value. This will include hands-on interactions with the historic buildings of York and digital media.

York Physics Student Colloquium

Saturday 22 November 2014

Part of Science Week

Meet the Chemistry Department

Friday 21 November 2014

Part of Science Week

What's the problem with planets?

Thursday 20 November 2014

Part of Science Week

Reflecting on the rights of the child in a Nairobi informal settlement

Thursday 20 November 2014

Ruth Mumbi reflects on the right to education, the right to play, the right to a safe environment and the right to housing in Mathare informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya

Making medicine more precise for patients with leukaemia and lymphoma

Thursday 20 November 2014

Andrew Jack discusses the future of cancer treatments

This House believes the benefits system has created a culture of dependency, and not mobility

Thursday 20 November 2014

York Union debate the benefits system

Biology Bites: The Best Biology Snippets

Wednesday 19 November 2014

The Biosciences society will be hosting an evening featuring a variety of speakers from the biology department

Commemoration and Public History

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Part of the Exploring the Past Public Exhibition

Our Dynamic Oceans

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Part of Science Week

Place and the Past: Landscape / Heritage Synergies

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Part of the Exploring the Past Public Exhibition

York: Living with History Project

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Part of Exploring the Past Public Exhibition

An evening of Psychology

Monday 17 November 2014

Part of Science Week

Secret ceramic worlds: The untold story of twentieth-century ceramic art

Monday 17 November 2014

A lecture about the uncredited, unusual and down-right dirty side of twentieth century ceramics which have largely been ignored in traditional accounts of ceramic art history

Slumdog Millions: Child labour, charity and India

Monday 17 November 2014

The York Union will be hosting Robin Garland, founder of the charity Project Mala, is coming up to address the Union on the issue of child labour in India

Homelessness and heritage

Monday 17 November 2014

This seminar will focus on work in cultural heritage management which seeks to acknowledge an archaeology of the homeless community, as a form of social action

Geometry: A secret weapon in the fight against viruses

Sunday 16 November 2014

Part of Science Week

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s artist in residence talk

Friday 14 November 2014

American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard discuss her work with Peter Murray, Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Executive Director

Parliament and Peace: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Friday 14 November 2014

Hugh Bayley MP delivers an Open Lecture on Parliament and Peace: the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Proposals to Reinforce Public Security in Mexico

Friday 14 November 2014

Ambassador Estivill will talk on Mexico’s role in the world economy and how relations are being forged with the UK

*CANCELLED* Struggling to protect land rights in Sri Lanka *CANCELLED*

Friday 14 November 2014

Geetha Lakmini Fernando discusses issues behind land grabbing in Sri Lanka

Women between the law and tradition in Sudan

Friday 14 November 2014

Hikma Ahmed will discuss her work with the Aid Centre for Legal Consultations and Advocacy (ACAL) in Khartoum, Sudan, focusing on the legal situation of female prisoners in the context of the general human rights situation in Sudan.

Healthy planet, healthy people? Health, environment and the emerging sustainable development goals

Thursday 13 November 2014

Stockholm Environment Institute Annual Seminar

Solving the nitrogen problem in food production

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Part of the York Biology Lectures series

Jerusalem's imprint on the European visual memory

Tuesday 11 November 2014

The lecture is an attempt to classify the manifold representations of Jerusalem in Christian medieval art and architecture, aiming to emphasize the turning points in their history

The IPCC, a lead author's experience

Friday 7 November 2014

Part of the PhysSoc public lectures series

Streets to Screens: Mediating conflict through digital networks

Friday 7 November 2014

This one-day symposium will explore a number of key issues in mediating conflicts today

(Why aren't there any) Magnetic Liquids?

Thursday 6 November 2014

Everybody knows that there are no magnetic liquids

‘I see bad people’: Is the sixth sense a moral sense?

Thursday 6 November 2014

Rafe McGregor discusses the original philosopher the Reverend Francis Hutcheson

Between Violent Political Extremism & Disengagement: Young Muslims' Political Participation

Thursday 6 November 2014

In the aftermath of disturbances in 2001 and the 2005 London bombings, crisis narratives on youth political disengagement have increasingly focus on young Muslims, centred on concerns about political disaffection, failed integration, a lack of social capital consonant with democratic participation, or violent political extremism

Heroism and its unstitching: Shakespeare’s Henry V in text and performance

Wednesday 5 November 2014

This year's Merchant Adventurers' Arts Discovery Event

Belarusian LGBTQ movements\initiatives: within the bounds of oppression and irrecognition

Friday 31 October 2014

Katsiaryna Borsuk will describe the specifics of the development of LGBTQ movements in Belarus from the beginning of the 90s until now

Spitting Image's Steve Nallon: An insider's guide to comedy

Thursday 30 October 2014

Steve Nallon, the legendary voice of Margaret Thatcher from ITV's Bafta-award winning Spitting Image series

Homosexuality: From toleration to acceptance

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Peter Tatchell looks at the 1957 Wolfenden Report and 1967 Sexual Offences Act as examples of the era of disapproving tolerance and then examine the transition to the current majority acceptance of same-sex relations

Looking at slavery

Monday 27 October 2014

Our Black History Month event, looking at slavery

Metamaterials and the Science of Invisibility

Thursday 23 October 2014

This year's Cantor Nanoscience lecture with Professor Sir John Pendry

Sonia Purnell on Boris as Prime Minister: Would Britain be safe in his hands?

Thursday 23 October 2014

Boris Johnson biographer dishes the dirt!

Miss Lou, Jamaican culture and Mervyn Morris

Thursday 23 October 2014

Mervyn Morris, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, speaks on Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture

Emotions and Social Relations

Thursday 23 October 2014

The first of this year's Social and Political Sciences Seminars

Electronics in a spin?

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Part of the PhysSoc public lectures series

Think it, fund it, grow it: The steps to entrepreneurial success

Monday 20 October 2014

Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software, Europe's leading adventure game developer, will share his experience in developing his company, and the thinking behind the critically acclaimed and commercially successful series of games Broken Sword

The plight of women workers in the informal settlements of Nairobi

Friday 17 October 2014

Ruth Mumbi discusses her work with the Kenyan grassroots organisation Wamama wa Dhobi

Who are the Taliban?

Thursday 16 October 2014

A lecture hosted by the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit

Questioning 'Global Mental Health': The uses and non-uses of evidence

Wednesday 15 October 2014

The lecture retraces the emergence of "Global Mental Health" and asks what evidence is used to bolster campaigns, and what evidence is ignored

The Dyslexia Debate

Monday 13 October 2014

Professor Elliott will consider the many and varied understandings of dyslexia and how they often fail to reflect scientific advances in the field.

Hybrid bioelectronic devices

Thursday 9 October 2014

York Society of Engineers Open Lecture

This House believes young people are to blame for their disengagement in Westminster politics

Thursday 9 October 2014

The first of this term's events hosted by York Union.

“No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”

Wednesday 8 October 2014

How do we know what happens inside our jails?

Improving photosynthesis to feed the future

Wednesday 8 October 2014

The first of this term's Biology lecture series

Feet of Clay

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Part of the PhysSoc public lectures series

Understanding the Scottish Referendum

Tuesday 7 October 2014

A roundtable discussion on the Scottish Referendum

The Magazine as Catalogue, or, The Assemblage of Specimens

Monday 6 October 2014

Samuel Bibby, Associate Editor of Art History, considers the status of the journal as a key site of art-historical innovation and experimentation in the wider context of the discipline and its exhibition practices in Britain in the mid-1970s

Out of the reach of children? Adolescent health and medicine use in Africa

Wednesday 1 October 2014

The first in this term's Centre for Global Health Histories lectures

Excavating Deep History: Establishing and Circulating Knowledge of Human Origins

Tuesday 16 September 2014

This one-day international and interdisciplinary workshop will examine the ways in which the methodologies of archaeology and palaeoanthropology have developed in the years since 1859

Teaching Science the Practical Way

Friday 5 September 2014

Part of the Official Opening of the Department of Chemistry Teaching Laboratories