Public lectures: Autumn term 2015

Previous lectures

Sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea

Friday 5 February 2016

Sorcery accusations result in violence that violates individuals’ rights, particularly those of women and children. Monica Paulus will discuss the difficulties people accused of sorcery face in defending themselves.

Tim Peake launch - live from space!

Tuesday 15 December 2015

ESERO-UK and the University of York are excited to be celebrating British European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Tim Peake’s launch to the International Space Station on the 15 December 2015.

Food production and pro-poor development

Friday 11 December 2015

On 11 December, SEI invites you to join us for discussion and debate (including drinks reception) to discuss the role of food production system in providing fair and sustainable development.

BIM (Building Information Modelling)

Thursday 10 December 2015

York Society of Engineers lecture

Looking up in Scotland? Multinationalism, multiculturalism and political elites

Thursday 3 December 2015

At a time when all the political parties of Scotland are trying to establish a persuasive vision of the nation, inquiry into where ethnic and racial minorities fit into these debates provides one understudied means of bridging literatures on multinationalism and multiculturalism.

Conversion Hysteria 2

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips returns to York for another of his great lectures!

Gene sharing and the evolution of complex cells

Wednesday 2 December 2015

The last in Autumn term's York Biology lectures

The private lives of Northern saints

Friday 27 November 2015

Behind the authorised saints’ lives and cult veneration lie real historical figures and, as Janina will reveal, their stories are no less fascinating than the legends.

Illuminating Chemistry: From fireflies to the stars

Thursday 26 November 2015

Part of the Illuminating Science series

Should we aim for the greatest happiness of the greatest number?

Thursday 26 November 2015

Part of the 'Doing the Right Thing' lecture series

Have we learned the lessons of the financial crisis?

Thursday 26 November 2015

Ken Dixon Lecture from Martin Wolf of the Financial Times

Women and Islamophobia: Refracted reflections, Muslims and the dilemma of ‘otherisation'

Thursday 26 November 2015

PSA Annual Lecture organised jointly by the Political Studies Association and the University of York.

Dandy highwayman: Romantic rogue or roadway robber?

Tuesday 24 November 2015

This talk will explore the enduring fascination with the highwayman. From early beginnings to romantic figure, this talk will examine the popular idea of highway robber as hero, considering historical examples including the York trial and execution of Dick Turpin.

Illuminating Physics: Imaging disease

Thursday 19 November 2015

Part of the Illuminating Science series

Laughter in the Ghetto: Cabarets from a concentration camp

Thursday 19 November 2015

The 2015 Merchant Adventurers’ Arts Discovery Event

Len McCluskey: Workers, Trade Unionism and Fighting the Nasty Party

Thursday 19 November 2015

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite, has sunk his teeth into political opponents of all stripes. ‘Red Len’ ensured the victory of Ed Miliband over his Blairite brother, campaigned hard and fast against austerity and predicted the Labour Party’s electoral defeat at the 2015 general election.

Culture and organisational change in the Police

Thursday 19 November 2015

York Management School Masterclass

Post-humanitarianism: The contemporary politics of solidarity

Thursday 19 November 2015

In this lecture, Lilie Chouliaraki discusses historical change in the communication of solidarity, within the fields of human rights and humanitarian communication

The York Tories Present: Dan Hannan MEP and Business for Britain

Thursday 19 November 2015

The 2017 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union promised by David Cameron will be the first UK-wide referendum since 1975. The York Tories welcome two of the most high-profile members of the out-campaign: Dan Hannan, MEP for South East England, and Alan Halsall, the vice-chair of Business for Britain.

Imagining the past: Interplay between textual and visual imagery in late Medieval France

Tuesday 17 November 2015

In this lecture Anne D Hedeman will explore how visual imagery interacted with texts to make the past present to a new French audience.

Theophilus, Techniques and Theology

Friday 13 November 2015

Dr Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen talks about Theophilus in the twelfth century

Protecting Victims of Injustice in Kyrgyzstan

Friday 13 November 2015

In her talk, Aida Baijumanova discusses the experience of the public foundation Human Rights Movement: BirDuino Kyrgyzstan on the protection of the rights of vulnerable people and victims of injustice.

Illuminating Biology: Vision in plants

Thursday 12 November 2015

The first in a series of lectures to celebration the International Year of Light

Some reasons not to do the best you can

Thursday 12 November 2015

Part of the new 'Doing the Right Thing' lecture series

The Fall and Rise of Ivan Massow: Business, Politics & Gay Rights

Thursday 12 November 2015

York Union in conversation with Ivan Massow

‘Not everyone can be a Gandhi’: The global Indian medical diaspora in the post-WWII era

Thursday 12 November 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been POSTPONED and will now take place on Thursday 3 March. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Pioneers of Computer Science

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Sir Tony Hoare reflects on the origins of computer science and its worthiness as part of the ever-expanding intellectual heritage of the human race

Kneeling, calling and the Medieval self

Wednesday 11 November 2015

2015's Annual Riddy Lecture

Skirmishes from Colombia to Burma in the field of international human rights: Impact and Lessons

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Lionel Blackman will take us through a personal journey of fact-finding missions and trial observation in a number of difficult human rights contexts.

Sex chromosomes and human infertility

Wednesday 11 November 2015

In this lecture Professor Turner will explain how sex chromosomes acquired their specialised role in the formation of eggs and sperm, and will outline the latest experimental approaches being developed in laboratories that may one day be used to reverse infertility in humans

The vocal tract organ

Tuesday 10 November 2015

The second York Society of Engineers Open Lecture for this term

The Bayeux Tapestry: Narrating the Norman Conquest

Monday 9 November 2015

This lecture will provide an introduction to the ‘reading’ and interpreting of the Bayeux tapestry, highlighting its peculiarities and its mysteries

Building female dignity and self-reliance in the conflict zones of north-west Pakistan

Friday 6 November 2015

Social Policy and Social Work and Centre for Applied Human Rights Lecture

"Labour, welcome to the wilderness years"

Thursday 5 November 2015

The York Union hosts a special 5-way panel debate discussing the Labour party's lurch to the left under Ed Miliband and what it needs to do to regain confidence and electoral success

How do we know who killed Roger Ackroyd? Evidence for causation in the single case

Thursday 5 November 2015

Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture

Blueberry Soup: How Iceland changed the way we think about the world

Thursday 5 November 2015

Eileen is a documentary filmmaker, who has been on a college screening/discussion tour over the last year, presenting her film titled Blueberry Soup. The film is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008.

Laser-Plasma Acceleration: Big Science on a Small Scale

Tuesday 3 November 2015

The third in this term's public lectures hosted by PhysSoc

Exploring light

Saturday 31 October 2015

University of York, The Institute of Physics, York Hackspace, Illuminating York and York Explore present a day of hands-on, fun activities and talks from artists and physicists focusing on light

Between East & West: Human Rights in Russia

Friday 30 October 2015

Part of the Learning from Human Rights Defenders series

Moral responsibility

Thursday 29 October 2015

Part of the new 'Doing the Right Thing' lecture series

Alternatives to austerity: Insights from Greece and Spain

Thursday 29 October 2015

Academics from a number of departments from across the University of York recently began investigating the subject of democratic transitions in post-crisis Southern Europe. The project - Democracies in Transition - aims to focus on a number of themes relating to the recent economic crisis, political communication, globalisation and spatialising transition.

Making amends: Perspectives on shame and punishment

Friday 23 October 2015

David Worsley talks about punishment, shame and moral philosophy

Remembering the Battle of Agincourt (25 October 1415)

Friday 23 October 2015

Experts discuss the Battle of Agincourt

Blair Inc: The man behind the mask

Thursday 22 October 2015

Francis Beckett, the award-winning biographer and journalist, will be discussing the shady business empire of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Trial and evolution: Chemotherapy for tuberculosis in Britain, 1940-1970

Thursday 22 October 2015

An exciting chance to see the 2014 William Bynum Prize-winning lecture

All Change: the Digital Revolution and the Fate of Humanity

Thursday 22 October 2015

From personal life to the global economy and the frontiers of science – nothing has been left untouched by the digital revolution, a set of transformations almost certainly only as yet in their early stages.

Quantum Technologies

Tuesday 20 October 2015

The second in this term's lectures hosted by PhysSoc

The need to forgive criminals

Tuesday 20 October 2015

This year's Morrell Memorial Address on Toleration

Geekfest talks

Saturday 17 October 2015

Exciting talks taking place in Physics on 17 October as part of 'Geekfest'

Realities of an unrecognized conflict situation in Northeast India

Friday 16 October 2015

Bondita Acharya discusses the role of women in the protracted armed conflict taking place in Northeast India since 1955

This House believes the legalisation of prostitution would be a disaster

Thursday 15 October 2015

Join York Union for a debate on the legalisation of prostitution

Is morality objective?

Thursday 15 October 2015

Part of this term's 'Doing the Right Thing' lecture series

A history of school uniform

Wednesday 14 October 2015

What’s the difference between a gymslip and a djibbah, how long has the old school tie been around and do yellow petticoats really repel vermin? Join us for the answers to these and more in this irreverent dash through 500 years of uniform history, with props.

University of York PUBlic Seminar

Tuesday 13 October 2015

This free Public Seminar allows five postgraduate students to share their research with other scientists and the local public in York

Shade matters

Tuesday 13 October 2015

The second Annual Black History Month lecture

Anglo-Norman attitudes: Cross-channel antiquarianism in the romantic age

Monday 12 October 2015

In the aftermath of the French Revolution the nature and meaning of history were reconsidered all across Europe. Between England, Scotland and France, however, there was a particularly fertile period of collaboration which two decades of war did nothing to inhibit

A Theatre Masterclass with Michael Billington

Friday 9 October 2015

At this event Michael will discuss the '101 Greatest Plays'project, and explore the (sometimes controversial) choices he has made, in conversation with TFTV’s Professor Michael Cordner. Audience questions will be invited in the second half of the event.

Remediation Work to the Humber Bridge

Thursday 8 October 2015

Daniel Smith will give a brief overview of the Humber Bridge and the problems encountered which have led to the current remedial intervention.

In Conversation with Alan Johnson MP

Thursday 8 October 2015

York Union bring us the first of their amazing events this term

Dark Matter, the UK and Me

Tuesday 6 October 2015

The first in this term's lectures from PhysSoc

Eugenics as a secular religion

Thursday 1 October 2015

In this lecture, Dr Turda investigates the interpretation of eugenics as a secular religion.

Stories from elsewhere: Researching a novel in a foreign place

Monday 28 September 2015

The first of this term's Lifelong Learning lectures

From colonial times to independence: The Indonesian medical profession, 1900-1950

Tuesday 22 September 2015

This lecture discusses the political views and nationalist activities of several generations of Indonesian physicians.