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'Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration, and the Everyday'

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

5 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

This exhibition draws on the work of Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


In the Image of the Other: Visualising a British-Himalayan Town, Shimla

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

14 October 2016 - 30 March 2017
A photographic exhibition portraying the natural and built spaces of Shimla. It was the summer capital of British India from 1864-1947. Nursed on nostalgia, the British built Shimla (earlier 'Simla') as their ‘little version of England’ and by extension, of Britain itself, complete with neo-Tudor structures, leisure spots, and imposing residences- from cottages to castles, all complemented by a temperate European weather and landscapes.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm, Durham Castle

Experience over 900 years of history on a Durham Castle Tour and discover how it functions today as the home of University College. Tours will be available at 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm. Please note there are no castle tours on 11th December 2016.

Contact castle.tours@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


'A Forgotten Campaign'

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

11 November 2016 - 30 March 2017.
An exhibition on the Anglo-Egyptian Conquest of Darfur in World War I.
From the mid-seventeenth century, Darfur was an independent Muslim kingdom in what is now western Sudan, ruled by a hereditary line of Sultans. When the British invaded Sudan in 1898 they did not extend their conquest into Darfur. However by 1916 restless British officers and officials stationed in Sudan hungered to play their part in the Great War raging across Europe.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


‘The best words in the best order’ - Poetry in Durham and the North East

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

19 November - 26 February 2016
Contemplating the story of poetry in the north east, this exhibition takes an inspired look at the connections between poetry and life.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Unhomely Objects

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

14 November to 18 December 2016
An installation within the Rutt Gallery by Korean glass artist Kee Ryong Choi who has lived in the UK for ten years. His work explores the idea of what he terms ‘unhomeliness’, a sense of not belonging within either Korean or British culture. Choi’s works will be set within the context of the Korean collections at the Oriental Museum to create a pseudo Korean-British/ British-Korean installation that does not easily fit into either Korean or British visual culture but combines elements of both.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Staff fitness class - Barre concept

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Maiden castle

Experience Durham runs a number of fitness activities for staff to attend on a weekly basis. Sessions are £3.00 and must be booked via email to reserve a place.

Barre concept - a creative workout, that tones the arms, lifts the butt, sculpts the legs and flattens the abs

Contact deborah.cairns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Unique opportunity to meet our local MPs

4:15pm to 5:30pm, Appleby Lecture Theatre - Geography

On 8 December the University is hosting a public Question and Answer session, open to all, with Iain Wright (MP for Hartlepool) and Roberta Blackman Woods (MP for Durham Central). This is a unique opportunity to speak to both to find out more about life as an MP and the work of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee, which is Chaired by Iain Wright MP and is visiting Durham on the same day.

Contact l.m.hodgson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality - A Public Lecture with Dr Michael Flood

4:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir Arnold Wolfendale Lecture Theatre (CLC013), Calman Learning Centre, Durham University Science Site

Dr Michael Flood, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities at the University of Wollongong in Australia, will be visiting the Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) in December. He will give a public lecture on his research around engaging men in preventing violence against women, and working with women to create a world of gender justice.

Contact s.r.burrell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wildcats Basketball Academy (Years 7-13)

5:00pm to 6:00pm, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, DH1 3SE

Game sessions for school years 7 to 13 at the University Sports Centre. Weekly basketball sessions for anyone in school year 7 and above, whether you're interested in coming along to learn some new skills or improve your competitive performance!

Contact college.sport@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The predictive brain

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library

Dr Peter Moseley (Postdoctoral Research Associate in Psychology, Hearing the Voice) and Dr Sam Wilkinson (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy, Hearing the Voice) explore how the predictive processing framework can lead to a better understanding of hearing voices and other unusual experiences.

Contact pg.library@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

6:30pm to 8:15pm, EH009, Elvet Hill House and the Oriental Museum galleries

Netsuke is the Japanese art of miniature sculpture. Originally a practical piece of dress, during the Edo Period (1615-1868) these carvings evolved into an important art form in Japan.
A talk by British Museum Curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere followed by a preview of the exhibition. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Ustinov College Race, Crime and Justice presents: Xenophobic Britain? An exploration of Brexit and implications for harmonious citizenship

6:30pm to 7:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

The UK's decision to leave the EU was the result of a democratic voting process. But for many British people, there seemed to be more at stake than issues of trade and sovereignty.

Contact ustinov.rcj@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.



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