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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

8 May 2019 - Professor Branko Milanović

Recent Trends in Global Income Distribution and their Political Implications

The talk will discuss the evolution in global income inequality and focus on its political implications; in particular, the rise of the middle class in Asia, income stagnation of the rich countries’ middle classes, migration as part of globalization, and the emergence of global plutocracy (global top 1 percent).

Branko Milanović is Visiting Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center - CUNY


3 June 2019 - Professor Peter Singer

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

Peter Singer is professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Practical Ethics, Rethinking Life and Death, Ethics in the Real World and most recently: Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction, co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. He is the founder of the anti-poverty organisation The Life You Can Save.


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