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Durham University

Ustinov College

Events calendar

Wednesday 13th February

18:00-20:00 - GCP Cafe Poltiique ' Legal Status of Taiwan' Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Monday 18th February

18:00-20:00 - GCP Cafe Scientifique ' The Life of a Researcher' Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Thursday 21st February

17:30-19:00 - IAS Fellows' Public Lecture, Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Prof Paul Pickering

'Who were the people? From ‘Swinish Multitude’ to ‘Members Unlimited’ in the British world'

When the abusive appellation ‘Swinish Multitude’ was first coined by Edmund Burke in 1790 it provoked a sharp response: approbation from Tory politicians and commentators alarmed by potential advances of ‘the mob’, and outrage among some reformers including the redoubtable Tom Paine. Equally important were those radicals who embraced to term, albeit in a tone dripping with an admixture of irony and sarcasm, in pamphlets, poems, songs and images, often equating it with the idea of ‘the public’ and ‘the people’. At about the same time a handful of members of the nascent London Corresponding Society – ‘Tradesmen, Shopkeepers, and Mechanics’ – meet to discuss the question of whether or not they had the right to champion the cause of parliamentary reform. As E.P. Thompson famously and succinctly put it: ‘They decided they had’. Thereafter they opened their ranks to ‘Members Unlimited’. The course of their campaign writ large and the panicked resistance to it over the decades to follow is well-known. What is less understood is how the campaign – framed by the question of who were the people? – played out in Britain’s colonies of settlement, including those dealing with a heritage of convict transportation. This is far more than a footnote to a metropolitan narrative. An examination of the ranks of ‘Members Unlimited’, and the course of their campaigns for the rights enjoyed, theoretically at least, by free-born Britons, forces us to reframe our understanding of the course of British politics.

Wednesday 27th February

18:00-19:00 - GCP Seminar ' Research round table' Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Thursday 28th February

17:30-19:00 - IAS Fellows' Public Lecture, Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Professor Jurriaan Huskens

'Small solutions for big problems: Nanoscience contributing to artificial photosynthesis'

The climate change we are currently experiencing requires solutions at the fronts of alternative energy sources, alternative raw materials, and circular design of process and products. The energy transition is currently in full swing, but fully converting to climate-neutral solutions brings about new challenges. Some of these challenges will require better technology, but also societal acceptance and economical viability are important aspects. This lecture will focus on nanoscientific and nanotechnological aspects of some of the challenges and their possible solutions, in particular for creating efficient solar fuel devices. At the same time we’ll zoom out by reviewing and addressing some aspects of scale, economy, and the global nature of the problem.

Saturday 2nd March

16:00-19:00 - Cafe des Arts/Art exhibition team - 'Encounter 2019' Art Exhibition launch, Sheraton Park.

Wednesday 6th March

18:00-20:00 - GCP Cafe Politique 'Question time - War in Yemen' Calman Learning Centre, Derman Christopherson Room.

Thursday 7th March

18:00-20:00 - GCP Cafe Scientifique ' Renewable energy competition' Seminar Room, Sheraton house.

Sunday 10th March

14:00-17:00 - GCP Ustinov International Forum 'International dress party' Ballroom, DSU.

Tuesday 12th March

18:00-21:00 - Mentor Dinner, Fusion Restaurant, Durham Business School.

Thursday 14th March

18:00-20:00 - GCP SUCCESS ' Alumni Panel' Seminar Room, Sheraton house

Thursday 21st March

18:00-20:00 - GCP SUCCESS 'Lean in (Careers for women)' Seminar Room, Sheraton house

Thursday 28th March

18:00-22:00 - Castle formal