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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

CVAC Events Listing

Wednesday 16 October 2019

The Roundel: Window onto the Domain of a Concept

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Martha Rust

This lecture, by a distinguished American scholar who works on the literary-historical period of the Middle Ages, focuses on late medieval manuscript culture - the network of beliefs and practices that constituted the milieu of medieval book production and use.

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Tuesday 29 October 2019

Writing County Durham: Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Nairn

5:45pm, Durham Town Hall, Dr Simon Bradley

County Durham was surveyed in the 1950s-60s by two of the most celebrated writers on England's buildings and places, Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Nairn. Over half a century later, how well have their assessments endured?

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Monday 4 November 2019

History Now! Why is the Labour Party So Conservative?

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Andrzej Olechnowicz

Historically, the Labour Party has accepted the existing institutions of the British state, attempting to use them for its own purposes. Why has it sought to work through institutions not of its own making, and now fundamentally corrupted by private, corporate interests? Does a return to public policy require a refashioning of a public realm once more?

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Monday 11 November 2019

History Now! Do We Need a Manhattan Project for Artificial Intelligence?

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Joe Martin

Since the crash programme to build nuclear weapons in the 1940s, it has often been suggested that major technical and scientific problems need their own Manhattan Projects. Recently, calls have come for a Manhattan Project for AI. Why should this secret wartime project offer a good historical example for AI research to follow?

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Tuesday 19 November 2019

History Now! Temperance in the Town Hall: Drink, and Popular Petitioning in Victorian Durham

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Richard Huzzey

Today, rival campaigns bombard MPs with e-petitions and e-mails, representing constituents’ views to Parliament. 150 years ago, residents of Durham met in the Town Hall – or local pubs – to have their say on national controversies, signing paper petitions as testimonials to the community’s voice. This talk reveals the battles between moral advocates of temperance and those defending traditional rights to a pint.

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Tuesday 3 December 2019

Behind the Scenes at the Bowes Museum

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Bowes Museum is one of the jewels in County Durham’s crown. Those who care for and work with its collections discuss their work and share insights into its history and current activities.

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Monday 9 December 2019

The Grand Tour in the North East

5:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham, Stefano Cracolici

The Grand Tour had a tremendous impact on 18th and 19th century British identity. This lecture is structured as an artistic itinerary through the North-East looking for tangible traces of the Grand Tour, discernible at Alnwick Castle, Raby Castle, Rokeby Park among other places

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