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Durham University

University College

Durham Castle Lecture Series

The Durham Castle Lecture Series is devoted to bringing high-profile speakers to Durham who can contribute to academic and public discussion on issues of significance. Each of the specially invited presenters has made an outstanding contribution over a sustained period of time.

The lectures take place in the stunning setting of Durham Castle's Great Hall. With a maximum capacity of 250, the Great Hall provides a unique, historic location.

All of the lectures in the series are free and open to all. Some events requre a free ticket, please see the individual lecture listings for information.

Unless otherwise advertised:

- Doors open from 7.30pm.
- Lectures begin at 8pm, with questions for the speaker at 9pm.

Upcoming Lectures

3 June 2019 - Professor Peter Singer

Too Many People? Ethics and Population in the 21st Century

We should break the taboo and discuss population growth if we want to do something about famines or climate change, according to the influential Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer. These discussions should extend to considering what actions are ethically permissible for governments and non-profit organizations to take to limit growth. Come and learn what Peter Singer’s ideas for limiting population growth imply.

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