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Institute of Advanced Study

Figuring the Human Public Lecture Series

What does it mean to be human in the 21st Century? The answer is not obvious. This public lecture series profiles a range of opinions on the nature and the future of humanity, its limits and its possibilities. Experts from diverse disciplinary backgrounds will speak to controversial topics around genetics and bioethics, raising fundamental questions about the sanctity and uniqueness of humanity. They tackle the question of consciousness and the nature of the brain. Audiences will hear a unique perspective on what it means to be human in the context of conflict and war - in times and places that can be thoroughly dehumanising, but which equally can reinforce and reinvent the best of human qualities. And they will encounter perspectives on human creativity and the fantastic worlds of our imagination. These lectures present, in a challenging yet accessible way, an intriguing cross-section of current thought on our essence and potential as human beings, whether as biological organisms, ethical creatures, or creative minds.

 

These public lectures are free and open to all.  There is no need to book, seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Doors open at 6.00pm.  Refreshments served from 6.00pm in the Sir Derman Christopherson Room (406).

For more information please contact Dr Charles Fernyhough or Dr Ingo Gildenhard

26 January 2009, Room 407, Calman Learning Centre
6.30-7.30pm 
Dr Tom Shakespeare (Newcastle University)

 

9 February 2009, Room 407, Calman Learning Centre
6.30-7.30pm  
Professor Raymond Tallis (Manchester University)

 

16 February 2009, Room 407, Calman Learning Centre
6.30-7.30pm 
Professor Richard Holmes (Cranfield University)

 

2 March 2009, Room 407, Calman Learning Centre
6.30-7.30pm 
Professor Marina Warner (University of Essex)

 

16 March 2009, Room 407, Calman Learning Centre
6.30-7.30pm 
Professor Sean O'Brien (Newcastle University)