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Durham University

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What's happening?

Durham University offers an exciting year-round calendar of lectures, seminars and exhibitions. Events are open to the public, so take the opportunity to engage with current debates, explore some of our beautiful buildings and grounds, expand your knowledge or learn more about our cultural artefacts.

28 October 2019

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Northern Lights at York Minster, featuring Durham's Ordered Universe project

9:00am to 9:00pm, York Minster, York

This autumn see York Minster in a different light with Northern Lights, an awe-inspiring light and sound installation inspired by Durham University research. The installation will transform the cathedral’s vast Nave with images and audio, some inspired by the work of the Ordered Universe project led by Durham University.

Interface Arts presents 'East Meets West'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Interface Arts is a network for artists in County Durham and the surrounding areas. This exhibition showcases works influenced by both the Oriental Museum’s collections and Durham University’s contemporary Western Art collections.

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Prehistoric Pioneers: a journey through life in Bronze Age Britain

10:00am to 4:00pm, Museum of Archaeology

This exciting exhibition explores the daily lives of our prehistoric ancestors. Discover their pioneering inventions, and a never-before-seen Bronze Age hoard recently discovered in County Durham. Explore life in ancient Britain, from warfare to rituals, and the way Bronze Age people buried weapons and treasure in hidden hoards. This exhibition gives a face to prehistoric people, and challenges the idea that these were ‘primitive’ cultures.

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IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Bridging Identity Conflict Fault Lines: Women and Youth Engagement in Community to National Peace Processes

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hilde and St Bede

Martine Miller (International Centre for Religion and Diplomacy)

Several peace processes in recent years have demonstrated the important influence of deepening identity conflict fault lines on official negotiations. In a response to conflict and violence, women and youth continue to transcend these identity divides—religious, ethnic, socio-economic—to work together to bridge gaps, air and address tensions, build trust, advance and inspire community to national level peace processes, negotiate with extremist actors, progressively reconcile and build trust. Despite successes while under intense threats, their peace work is impactful yet is often invisible. They are often not recognized, resulting in their capacities remaining untapped as a vital resource for ensuring more inclusive peace processes that transcend identities and result in more durable negotiated agreements and implementations. This public lecture analyzes the challenges, opportunities, specific methods, and amplifies the role of women and youth actors’ capacities to transcend identity divides, with a focus on religious and ethnic conflict fault lines at the community to national level peace processes in Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Thailand, South Sudan and Libya.

This lecture is free and open to all.

Visit the IAS website for full details of this year's IAS Fellow’s Public Lectures.

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