Public lectures: Summer term 2016

Previous lectures

Youth activism and engagement: Are we educating people to take part in society?

Thursday 15 September 2016

We often assume that in a democracy there is a virtuous circle between engagement and education: in schools and elsewhere we help people understand society and take part in it, and when they do so they learn even more. But are things so simple?

Shining light on medieval manuscripts

Wednesday 17 August 2016

Andrew Beeby from the University of Durham talks about medieval manuscripts

University of York PUBlic Seminar

Monday 15 August 2016

The University of York takes part in a wide range of scientific research, from Nuclear Fusion to Facial Recognition. This Faculty of Science event is aimed at explaining some of the current concepts in research to members of the public over a pint. Each talk will be 10 minutes long containing no text or equations and will be given by Postgraduates and Post-Docs from many departments.

The democratic interface

Monday 18 July 2016

Lance Bennett will talk about the growing disillusionment with political parties and governments in democratic systems

'On This Day in 1816’: The Bicentenary of Frankenstein’s Composition

Thursday 14 July 2016

Join us for an evening of readings from the works of Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelley, celebrating exactly 200 years since Mary Shelley began to write one of the most famous novels in the English language: Frankenstein

The Divide - film screening

Tuesday 12 July 2016

A screening of the film based on the book 'The Spirit Level', authored by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, followed by Q&A with the authors.

Poetry Reading: Alice Oswald

Friday 1 July 2016

Writers at York present poet Alice Oswald

Protecting Human Rights Defenders in Central America and South East Asia

Thursday 30 June 2016

How do human rights defenders protect each other when they are threatened? How do their protection practices intersect with those of regional and international actors such as NGOs, intergovernmental bodies, and sympathetic states? In this public talk, Claudia Samayoa (Coordinator, UDEFEGUA, Guatemala) and Ruki Fernando (Advisor, INFORM, Sri Lanka) share their experiences as defenders at risk as well as in protecting other defenders at risk.

Meet author AL Kennedy

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Writers at York present AL Kennedy

Rethinking coinage and coin use in Roman Britain

Monday 20 June 2016

Coins are an excellent source of data for Roman Britain, but they have often been underused, marginalised and misunderstood...

Cover versions: Reading book covers in the digital age

Thursday 16 June 2016

This lecture will explore the fate of book cover design in light of the rise of the E-reader. It will also address and respond to the proposal that cover design is a dying art form .

The Future of the Welfare State

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Join the York Union for a debate on the future of the welfare state. Together, state-funded social security, education and healthcare provide the foundations for the welfare state. But the question is: how long does it have left in its current condition, and what is it likely to look like in the future?

Sonic Sea - film showing

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary film about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life.

Lord Bilimoria: On Lager & Lordship

Tuesday 14 June 2016

The York Union presents Cobra Beer founder and outspoken crossbencher Lord Bilimoria. Join us to hear his reflections on his runaway entrepreneurial success and how welcoming Britain was when he left India in the 1980s. He will also provide some unique insights into business and politics. Critical of both the Tories and Labour at the last general election, Lord Bilimoria takes no prisoners.

Understanding Maximilien Robespierre

Thursday 9 June 2016

Professor Colin Jones presents the Annual Aylmer Lecture

The global investment context: Money, macro and markets

Wednesday 8 June 2016

On the backdrop of a confluence of disruptions that is often characterised as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a tepid global economy that is arguably characterised by secular disinflation, divergence between developed and emerging markets, heightened risks of geopolitics and polarisation and unchartered territory in monetary and regulatory policy – how does one navigate the investing landscape?

Fashion on the ration: Clothing culture in World War II

Monday 6 June 2016

This lecture will provide an overview of the art of dress during the Second World War. Considering the limitations and regulations and exploring some of the ingenious and thrifty solutions to these, this lecture will offer an introduction to clothing culture in Home Front Britain.

The Battle of Jutland: Mathematical wargaming of naval conflict

Sunday 5 June 2016

This event is a mixture of lecture, wargame and simulation

Abelard and Heloise: Vessels of misery, vessels of glory

Friday 3 June 2016

The most brilliant master of the twelfth century fell in love with a brilliant student, who reciprocated his love. Theirs, however, is not a story of romance but one marked with tragedy. This lecture will deal with their remarkable lives.

“Picnicking in Eden”: Gardens of the mind in fiction and life-writing

Thursday 2 June 2016

Professor Dame Hermione Lee presents this year's Patrides lecture

Steven Woolfe MEP: The Futures of Britain and UKIP

Wednesday 1 June 2016

York Union present MEP, Steven Woolfe

Conversion Hysteria III: Loose Change

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Adam Phillips returns for another brilliant lecture!

Scientific Revolutions

Tuesday 31 May 2016

In this smaller, more relaxed public lecture held in The Courtyard we welcome back Doctor Martin Smalley. He is a well known lecturer within the York Physics department, teaching core modules in every undergraduate degree and joins us this time to enlighten us as to how science changes through time.

Investigating and prosecuting crime across Europe: The case for a collaborative approach based on justice and human rights

Thursday 26 May 2016

This event has been cancelled due to a requirement for all MPs to be in Parliament on this date. Our apologies for any disappointment caused.

NO FUTURE! Excavating the Sex Pistols

Monday 23 May 2016

In this talk John Schofield will discuss the Sex Pistols and their cultural contribution, as well as the reaction to his archaeological investigation

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) at 20

Monday 23 May 2016

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is organizing a one-day conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the South African TRC's first public hearings. The aim is to use the TRC anniversary as a springboard for a wider discussion about contemporary South Africa.

Crossing Boundaries, Bridging Divides: Books, Archives, and the Politics of the Digital

Wednesday 18 May 2016

In this lecture, Professor Deegan will be discussing the changes wrought to book publishing and dissemination by the digital turn, with particular reference to the situation in the Global South. She will also be discussing the political and democratic implications of two large-scale digitisation initiatives in Africa that she is involved in: the digitisation of the Gacaca archives in Rwanda (60 million pages of documents relating to the post-genocide legal process) and the digitisation of a range of cultural materials in the Sudan: Digital Sudan.

Thomas Cole's journey: Atlantic crossings and the history of landscape painting

Monday 16 May 2016

In his lecture Tim will discuss an exhibition he is curating with colleagues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Gallery, London, which explores the life of the British born painter Thomas Cole

Celebrating the life and work of Edward Herbert: an evening of lute music, poetry, rare books and biography

Friday 13 May 2016

One of the last great Renaissance figures, Edward Herbert made significant contributions to diplomacy, literature, philosophy and music while retaining his deep Welsh roots.

Graham Swift in conversation

Friday 13 May 2016

Join Writers at York for this exciting 'in conversation' with the fantastic Graham Swift!

Fanon transformed? The new writings

Thursday 12 May 2016

This year's Annual Jacques Berthoud Lecture from Professor Robert Young

UK and EU: Ask the experts

Thursday 12 May 2016

Join a panel of experts for an impartial, non-partisan analysis of the issues surrounding the debate on whether to remain in the EU or exit

E-cigarettes and the future of the tobacco industry: Competition or capture, obsolescence or renewal?

Tuesday 10 May 2016

This lecture will examine how tobacco companies have sought to respond to such threats, and highlights the opportunities associated with e-cigarettes and the harm reduction agenda

Why democracies fail and how they can succeed

Monday 9 May 2016

Why democracies fail and how they can hope to succeed has become today a question of some importance. Find out more at this exciting public lecture.

Technology, data and the digital society

Thursday 5 May 2016

Paul Walker presents the Bob Evans Guest Lecture

Nuclear violence: Threats, justice and responses

Thursday 5 May 2016

Setsuko Thurlow will give a keynote talk on her experience as one of the Hibakusha – literally ‘the explosion affected people', the survivors of the two atomic bombs.

“Giving rainforests a break”: Science for more sustainable palm oil

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Dr Jennifer Lucey discusses the great palm oil debate!

The atmosphere and oceans: A changing relationship?

Tuesday 3 May 2016

Professor Lucy Carpenter and Professor Mat Evans present the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award Lecture

The Viking Great Army in England: Torksey, treasure and towns

Tuesday 3 May 2016

From AD 865 to 879 a Viking army wreaked havoc on the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, leading to political conquest, settlement on a substantial scale, and extensive Scandinavian cultural and linguistic influences in eastern and northern England.

John Julius Angerstein (1735-1823): Patron and promoter of British art in Georgian London

Monday 25 April 2016

This lecture will shed fresh light on Angerstein as a patron and promoter of British Art in Georgian London

UK Premiere of '50 Years of Shame'

Thursday 21 April 2016

The Centre for Global Health Histories and The Department of Health Sciences are delighted to present this UK premiere of '50 Años de Vergüenza,' (50 Years of Shame). Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a round table discussion with experts on Thalidomide, UK Thalidomide survivors and one of the film's creators.

Quantum communications technologies

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Professor Spiller presents this term's Roundhouse Public Lecture

Dreams without Dreaming

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Professor Tom Stoneham presents a Research in Focus event on dreaming

The apple that fell through the earth

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Professor Rex Godby presents the first in this term's lectures hosted by PhysSoc

Is Mexico different from other emerging markets?

Tuesday 19 April 2016

The Department of Economics present the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mexico in this exciting talk about monetary policy normalisation

Mastering Ensemble Singing: The Science and the Art

Saturday 16 April 2016

This year’s World Voice Day event at York will take you behind the scenes of an exciting research project between the University of York, Sheffield University and Leeds University as part of the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Exploring 'Expressive Ensemble Performance' this research seeks to understand the nuances behind good ensemble singing.

Event with Sugata Mitra

Thursday 14 April 2016

The University of York International Development Society is proud to host Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University and 2013 TED Prize Winner

Remapping place, space and politics: Locality and the legend of American isolationism

Wednesday 13 April 2016

Professor Kristin Hoganson presents the York Centre for the Americas and the Centre for Modern Studies Lecture

Diversity, diabetes and directing traffic

Wednesday 13 April 2016

The first in this term's York Biology Lectures

Ten unanswered questions in (science) education

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Professor Sir John Holman identifies some of the big questions on science education

University of York PUBlic Seminar

Monday 4 April 2016

This Faculty of Science event is aimed at explaining some of the current concepts in research to members of the public over a pint.