Open lectures: Autumn term 2020
Every term, the University organises free open lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.
Most require tickets (available on individual event pages) but some do not. Where tickets are needed, this is also indicated in the publicity.
Hidden in plain sight: The unexplored histories of the medieval north at the time of the Black Death
The science of sleep
Across a lifetime, the average person will spend 236,987 hours asleep. Why do we devote so much time to sleep? What happens when we deprive ourselvesof sleep? How can we make our sleep more efficient?
An evening with Peter Brathwaite
An unparalleled opportunity to quiz this talented and versatile artist and performer, and to see key moments of England's -- and the world's -- artistic and musical heritage in new ways
Building for good change with OpHouse York
Join the first York Design Week panel, with the women behind OpHouse, and special guests, in collaboration with York Ideas
England’s hidden history
Among the glamour and intrigue that surrounds the Tudor period is the untold story of people of African descent who lived and worked throughout England – not as slaves but as members of society
A dis-United Kingdom: The nationalist perspective on devolution
In a time when the fabric of the Union is being stretched by the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit, what is the future for the favoured Unionist policy for dealing with independence claims?
Funerals from an expert perspective
Find out about new research which indicates that it is important not to be prescriptive about what bereaved people 'need' from a funeral
Revolutionary love, revolutionary weddings: Marriage in the Black Panther Party
Dr Traci Parker discusses her exciting new book project, Beyond Loving: Love, Sex, and Marriage in the Black Freedom Movement
Masterclass presentation: Circular Malton - Engaging people and driving change
Exploring how to initiate broad community engagement in environmental change and how to unlock business managers’ mindsets to make environmental change a priority
Composite formations: Sigmund Freud’s picture of Rome
Whitney Davis talks about Sigmund Freud's fascination with the archaeology and history of the ancient city of Rome
Isaac Julien film screening
To mark Black History Month, Norman Rea Gallery and the History of Art Department invite you to an exclusive screening of two moving image works, Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983) and Derek (2009) by acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien
Mental health: Another casualty of coronavirus?
Join us for an evening of talks and discussion on the implications and effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of different groups and communities
Decolonizing the syllabus: Teaching China through Black History
Dr Keisha Brown will discuss how we can address diversity, equity, and inclusion
An evening with Professor Emma Crewe
Celebrated anthropologist Professor Emma Crewe discusses her work in the Palace of Westminster and the importance of analysing political culture
Equality Matters masterclass presentation: Inclusive Leadership - a practitioner's approach
Alice Maynard discusses how to practice being a more inclusive leader.
Music and the Arts of Industry in Victorian Britain
A discussion of the intersection of visual and musical cultures in the machine age, 1851-1901
On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal
Naomi Klein speaks about how the climate crisis is not only as a profound political challenge but also a spiritual and imaginative one
Populism in Poland: The re-election of Andrzej Duda and the ramifications for Eastern Europe
Over the summer controversial Polish president Andrzej Duda was narrowly re-elected. Our panel explores the ramifications of this election and the consequences for it in Eastern Europe and Europe as a whole.
Don’t Stop: Negotiating Autism and Academia
This talk charts the ‘unlikely’ trajectory of an Autistic individual who started speaking at age 11, and then learned to read and write at the age of 18.
Masterclass presentation: Yorkshire strategy and business cases for the circular economy
Hear an overview of the strategy to create the UK's first carbon-negative, circular region.
Peace in Afghanistan: Exploring the Afghan Peace Process and the possibility of a lasting and stable solution
With negotiations beginning between Afghanistan, the USA, and the Taliban our panel examines the potential for this to provide a solution to Afghan's decades of war and whether they can result in peace.