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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Being Human: a festival of the humanities Lecture - From the Dark Ages to Dark Matter: medieval perspectives on modern science

19th November 2014, 17:30 to 19:00, Ushaw College, Professor Michael Brooks

‘From the Dark Ages to Dark Matter’ presents to the public questions central to the human condition: how was our world formed, how to explain the world around us, how we fit into this world, what it is to be human. Chaired by popular science author, Michael Brooks, the event takes the form of an interactive, multi-media, day-long public workshop, to take place in Durham Cathedral. The workshop presents original, interdisciplinary research between humanities scholars and modern scientists into the work of an extraordinary thinker from the thirteenth century. He was Robert Grosseteste, later bishop of Lincoln, whose response to questions which find us at our most human, who are we, why are we here, how do we relate to the natural world around us, made him one of the most dazzling and imaginative minds of his generation.

Outline of activities: 19th November

On the 19th November Michael Brooks will deliver a public lecture on the importance of the past to the present and future of scientific thinking. This will take place at Ushaw College, under the aegis of the Centre for Catholic Studies.

19th November 2014

Venue: Ushaw College (entrance will be via the Business School door) 

5.30 pm: Drinks Reception, Ushaw College, Refectory

6.00 pm: Public Lecture, Michael Brooks 

The Ushaw College lecture is free but please register for your free ticket with James Kelly at

Should you be concerned about public transport links from Durham City to Ushaw, 
please contact Theresa Phillips on 0191 334 1656.

Contact for more information about this event.