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Durham University

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

CVAC Events Listing

List of months

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?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


List of months

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?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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?

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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.

Contact cvac@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.