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IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Performing the Racial Scale in the...

The casting of the “black” actor, Zoe Saldana, as the “black” singer, Nina Simone, in a recent film caused something of an uproar: Saldana, it was claimed, was not black enough and so wore skin-darkening make-up (“blackface”) and a prosthetic nose. These are not new issues. In order to open up the question of the racial scale at work in the theatre, Dr Julia Prest (University of St Andrews) proposes to compare the experiences of two female singer-actors who participated in the vibrant theatrical tradition in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in the 1780s. This lecture is free and open to all.

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Understanding Marduk's Cosmos: the...

Professor John Steele (Brown University, USA) gives this talk on the fifth tablet of the Babylonian epic of creation, Enūma Eliš, written in the late second millennium BC, describes the god Marduk’s creation of the sun, moon and stars, setting the stars in patterns which make up the constellations and giving the moon and sun a regular order of motion to define the month and the year. This idea of regularity and order in the motion of the heavenly bodies lay at the heart of Babylonian attempts to understand the motion and phenomena of the sun, moon and planets.

‘Rutilio Grande, Oscar Romero and Pope Francis’ by Fr Rodolfo...

This lecture is part of a series of engagements with Catholic Social Thought and Practice. This is a termly lecture open to all members of the university and the wider public, focusing on questions of social, political and economic justice.

Odo of Tournai's Disputation with a Jew and Some Other...

9th Annual Wilhelm Levison Memorial Lecture
This year's lecture will be given by Professor Bernd Geobel, (Fulda, Germany) and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Palace Green Library café and optional three course dinner. The lecture and reception are free to attend and open to all, however, booking is essential.

Infant Sleep Mobile App

For the latest research on sleep development, sleep location and sleep safety in infants, download our new mobile app for free. Contains a unique bed-sharing decision tool, and a sleep log tool to track babies' sleep. Search for 'infant sleep' on Google Play or the App Store. 

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Research and Innovation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

From food security and healthy aging to climate change and control of disease, read about research and innovation in the School of Biologicial and Biomedical Sciences at Durham University.