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What's On

Family and Community

Whether you choose to visit a museum, stroll in the Botanic Garden, attend a lecture, view an exhibition, see a play or live musical performace, there is always something to see and do in and around the University. Our busy programme of activities and events offers a great range of things to enjoy for all the family.

Saturday 21 January 2017

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.


Richard III by William Shakespeare,

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre

'Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end'.
Taking the ‘War of the Roses’ quite literally, ACT is presenting a surreal and unconventional take on Richard III – a play where the wronged seek revenge, the weak seek protection and the embittered, power-hungry Richard cuts down everyone who stands on his way to the English throne

Contact drama@st-aidans.com 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.


Dressed to Impress: netsuke and Japanese men’s fashion

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

A British Museum exhibition featuring a selection of delightfully detailed netsuke and other traditional Japanese male dress accessories.

Contact oriental.museum@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.


'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.


Opening the Door: Discovering Durham University's Western Art Collection

9:30am to 4:00pm, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NP

Durham University's Western Art Collection contains a significant number of prints by leading artists and is one of the most important university collections of 20th and 21st century art in the
UK. This exhibition explores the different printing techniques used by artists, from early methods of woodcut printing to more contemporary screen and digital printing techniques and features works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Frink, Eduardo Paolozzi and Patrick Heron.

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


Mesmerising Mind Jars

1:00pm, Palace Green Library

Make your own mind jar, a relaxing creation of glitter and colour. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


'Literary Minds' Symposium

1:00pm to 5:00pm, St Chad’s College Chapel

This public symposium explores the minds of writers, readers and characters as participant agents in literary experience. Featuring a lecture by Professor Pat Waugh on Virigina Woolf, followed by a conversation with the acclaimed novelist Pat Barker and a panel discussion led by Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts).

Contact ben.kasstan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Interface Arts: introduction to lino printing

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Join us for a hands-on workshop led by artist Gail Bell. You will learn the basic techniques of lino printing and simple woodcut mono printing, creating beautiful pieces of work to take home.

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


Sunday 22 January 2017

Durham Castle Tours

2:15pm to 3:15pm, 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 2.15pm, 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

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


Monday 23 January 2017

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

With fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Staff fitness class - Pilates

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.

Pilates a 60 minute class aimed at strengthening the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being.

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


Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm, 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.

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


Small Scale, Big Change: the social turn in contemporary architecture

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Professor Andres Lepik, Technical University Munich will talk about how in recent decades architecture has achieved the public image of an elitist discipline.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 24 January 2017

Iranian archives at Durham: A personal reflection on people, places and the public record

5:00pm to 6:30pm, the Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham

Durham University is now home to three important archives containing materials relating to Iranian History, Culture and Politics. The archives originate in the work of three British scholars who worked extensively in Iran in the last century. The collection combines the work of the late Anne Lambton, the late David Brooks and Sue Wright. In future years the collection will mark Durham out as an important destination for researchers interested to know more about Iran in the 20th century. In this lecture, Professor Sue Wright herself will give a personal reflection on the content and significance of these three collections.

Contact robert.simpson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Medieval and Modern Exploration of Human Colour Perception

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede, Durham University

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Professor Hannah Smithson, University of Oxford will consider if science today learn from thirteenth century literature?

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


On Arts and Artefacts

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham
Ushaw Lecture Series and MLAC Lecture
Dr Carol Richardson (Edinburgh) will deliver this public lecture. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Durham Mindfulness - A six week introductory Course - Tuesdays 7-9pm £145

7:00pm, St Antony's Priory, Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT

A six week introduction to mindfulness led by Sagara. The course will introduce mindfulness techniques to allow the participants to come to an understanding of how their minds work, and be able to cultivate calm and steady, as well as positive states of mind. Please see: http://mindfulrecovery.info/durham-mindfulness/

Contact sagara@mindfulrecovery.info for more information about this event.


Spamalot, presented by DULOG at the Gala Theatre

7:30pm, The Gala Theatre

24-28 January 2017
DULOG presents their largest show of the year, Spamalot at the Gala Theatre 24-28 January. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a thoroughly silly retelling of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Contact genevieve.burns@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 January 2017

The Gilded Thistle: Imagined Capitalised National Identities in Scotland’s ‘Curriculum for Excellence’

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

A seminar from Dr Karen Lowing of the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend, and booking is not required.

Contact ed.finres@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2016/17

2:30pm to 4:30pm, Garden Room, St Aidan's College, Durham University

Inkapture course is an introduction to creative writing by Durham-based author Dr. Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style. This course consists of 15 weekly workshops running over two terms - Please note the last workshop in 2016 is 7 December the course starts again 25 January 2017 running until 15 March 2017.

Contact fadiafaqir.teaching@gmail.com for more information about this event.


EDF Energy Renewables and the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

This talk will provide an overview of EDF Energy Renewables activity in the UK, focusing on the development and delivery of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator, an innovative offshore wind project that aims to demonstrate new technologies that could reduce the future cost of offshore wind. The five wind turbine project will use “float and sink” concrete gravity base foundations, a first for the industry in the UK, is currently under construction and will be installed off the coast of Blyth during 2017.

Contact dei.admin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Challenging the Modern Regime of Historicity

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre

Human Scale: Time on a Human Scale Public Lecture by Francois Hartog, EHESS, Paris, France.

Contact julian.wright@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 26 January 2017

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.


Dr Peter Garratt on 'Dickens and Over-hearing'

5:30pm to 8:30pm, Palace Green Library

Dickens's universe is thronged by innumerable well-defined voices, and his fiction carefully renders the acoustics of individual human speech and utterance. But what does Dickens reveal about what it's like to overhear others? In this lecture, Peter Garratt will suggest why overhearing can help us unlock Dickens's writing and creativity.

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


Change IS Continuity at the Venerable English College, Rome

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College
Ushaw Lecture
Dr Carol Richardson (Edinburgh College of Art) will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

Contact ccs.admin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Electricity and Life

6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College
Van Mildert Senior Common Room Lecture
In this lecture Professor Stuart Wilson explores how the science of “electrophysiology” developed during the 19th and 20th centuries and explain how electrical phenomena underlie almost all biological processes.

Contact vm.development@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Kafka's Dick by Alan Bennett

7:30pm to 10:00pm, The Assembly Rooms Theatre
26 - 28 January
First theatre Company production. When the world famous author Kafka and his best friend appear in the living room of a middle-aged married couple in Yorkshire, absurdity and hilairty ensue as we learn that there is more to success than meets the eye. As the play develops, the mystery surrounding Kafka and his most guarded secret threatens to unravel..

Contact katiescarlettotoole@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Friday 27 January 2017

Staff fitness class - Cycling for beginners

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. Cycling for beginners - this a new group for those that haven't cycled for a while.

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


Saturday 28 January 2017

The Year of the Rooster

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Celebrate the start of the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac with rooster-themed crafts and activities. Drop in 1-3pm, no need to book. Activities are included in normal admission prices and are generally suitable for children 5-11 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Dream Diaries

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Create a dream diary for you to fill in with all of your happiest dreams. They could be what you want or what you have actually dreamt. All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


No Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 3:15pm

Durham Castle is closed today due to a student event.

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


Make a cup and saucer workshop

1:30pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Muddy Fingers Pottery are back for a creative and inspiring teacup and saucer making session. With two expert tutors on hand to advise and inspire, you will make a teacup and saucer of your own design.

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


Make a cup and saucer workshop

1:30pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Muddy Fingers Pottery are back for a creative and inspiring teacup and saucer making session. With two expert tutors on hand to advise and inspire, you will make a teacup and saucer of your own design during the session.

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


Defiant Requiem - Verdi at Terezin

7:30pm, Durham Cathedral

This is the UK Premiere of Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín which tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass and then performed this compelling work 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance, answering the worst of mankind with the best of mankind.

Contact v.a.wooff@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 29 January 2017

Durham Castle Tours

1:15pm to 4:15pm, 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.

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


Monday 30 January 2017

Little Bookworms

10:30am to 11:30am, Palace Green Library

Through fun crafts, interactive stories, messy play, singing, games and role play, toddlers and pre-school children will discover new skills and interests and have lots of fun. Includes complimentary tea, coffee, juice and biscuits at the end of each session. There's no need to book, just drop in!
Admission: £1 per child, accompanying adults free.

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


Winter School - Health in All Policies: Making it Work in Practice

12:00pm to 3:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham City

Following the launch of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health in All Policies (HiAP) Training Manual in 2015, the challenge facing policy-makers and practitioners is how to build political will to address health inequalities and how to make intersectoral working succeed to improve health and wellbeing and tackle growing health inequalities.
• What constitutes success?
• What barriers might impede implementation?
• What skills are required to overcome obstacles to success?

Contact lisa.monkhouse@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Species, Languages and Companies: are they getting worse at what they do?

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series

Biological species, human languages and companies or firms all exist in competitive environments where only the fittest survive over the long term. Professor Mark Pagel, FRS, University of Reading, will discuss how similar and unexpected laws of evolution apply at these three very different scales of organization, and how these laws describe a world in which nothing really ever gets better adapted.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 January 2017

Iranian archives at Durham: A personal reflection on people, places and the public record

5:00pm to 6:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Durham

Durham University is hosting a public lecture by Prof Sue Wright, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, one of three scholars from whom the archive material has been collected. Prof Wright will discuss the significance of the collection and what these reveal about the history, culture and politics of twentieth century Iran. Three significant archives of material related to 20th century Iranian history, will be available to view on the day of the event.

Contact Robert.simpson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Book Club

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

We read books based around Palace Green Library's exhibitions. To join the Book Club, email us to be added to the Book Club mailing list. Alternatively, information is at our reception desk and we can contact you via telephone or post.

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


IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Scaling Matters: patterns by design from patterns of the divine

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Durham

Pattern generation in the sciences abound in materials processing, earth sciences, ecology and theoretical biology and even encompass fields well outside of the sciences. In this talk Professor Ranga Narayanan (University of Florida, USA) shall introduce such groups to consider several instances where patterns by design emulate nature’s patterns – the patterns of the divine.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Ascent of Song: the first million years

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Concert Room, Department of Music, Palace Green
Musicon Concert Series
The Clerks (vocal sextet) performs a programme including medieval chants, songs and carols, Renaissance polyphony, madrigals and a new work by Christopher Fox.

Contact joyce.dent@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 1 February 2017

The Worship of God is Song and Dance: Processions, Music and Ceremony in Durham Priory and Cathedral

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library

Durham World Heritage Site 2017 Lecture. This years' lecture will be delivered by The Reverend Canon Dr David Kennedy, (Durham Cathedral). The lecture will commence at 5:30pm and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Palace Green Library Café. The lecture and reception are free to attend and open to all, however, booking is essential.

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 2 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - How Does Time Since, and Magnitude of, Change Affect Plant Communities in Fragmented Landscapes?

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College, Durham University

This lecture by Professor Sara Cousins, Stockholm University, Sweden discusses how long, sometimes several millennia, of low intensive grassland management has created some of the highest patch-scale plant diversity today, e.g. semi-natural grasslands. Thus current patterns of species diversity can be seen as a reflection of past cumulative landscape management that sometimes no longer exists.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 3 February 2017

Dunelm Consort and Players: Coronation Anthems

8:00pm to 9:30pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

Join the Dunelm Consort and Players for their second concert of the year, exploring music written for British coronations.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 4 February 2017

Wonderful Wheels

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore Tibetan culture and create your own Tibetan prayer wheel in today's family activity.

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


Brilliant Books

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Celebrate World Book Day by making a notebook to write your own book!

All activities are drop in between 1pm and 3pm, unless otherwise stated. All activities are included in the Museum admission price and are generally suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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


Concentred colouring

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Colouring in is one of the best ways to soothe anxiety and eliminate stress. Using pattern and images from our collections come and colour in, draw on your creativity and hone your focus.

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


North East Festival of Youth Choirs

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

The North East Festival of Youth Choirs concludes the first ever week long Vocal festival in Durham (28th Jan – 4th February), events are currently being confirmed but will include:
•UK Premiere of Defiant requiem: Verdi at Terezin http://www.defiantrequiem.org/
•Come and Sing Mass in Blue Will Todd
•North East Festival of Youth Choirs
•North East Key Stage 2 Choir of Year
•National Youth Choirs fellowship singers – Education Workshops and Performance.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


TriUni: Massed Bands Concert

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

A collaborative concert with the brass bands of Durham, Leeds and Warwick Universities plus massed bands to finish.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 6 February 2017

Towards a Political Theory of Terrain

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Professor Stuart Elden FBA, University of Warwick, discusses how terrain is an important concept in both physical and military geography. However the term is often used in a relatively unproblematic way to describe the forms and textures that define particular spaces.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 7 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Small States, Healthy Nations: on the political economy of Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Senate Suite, University College, Durham University

Small and culturally homogeneous states feature prominently in indices of competitiveness within the world political economy. The lecture suggests that this is not an accident: the vulnerabilities which small nation-states face has led them to become stronger because both scale and cohesion encourage flexibility and resilience. An examination of the ways in which Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland managed the financial crisis that began in 2008 supports this view, not least when pointing to differences between the three cases. This lecture by Professor John Hall, McGill University, USA is free and open to all.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 9 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Public Intellectuals, Grassroots Movements and the Politics of Scale

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University

In her long-term work on social movements, both with respect to urban displacement and global health, Professor Ida Susser (Hunter College, USA) has explored the relationship between public intellectuals, grassroots movements and political change. This lecture is free and open to all. For further details please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=30413

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 10 February 2017

Barrie Ormsby Art Exhibition - St Mary's College

St Mary's College

The exhibition will include landscapes of West Durham, compositions from music and explorations of social and mythical themes. A launch event will be held on Friday, 10th February from 6.30 pm in the Kenworthy Hall at St Mary's College.

Contact carole.laverick@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 11 February 2017

Shimmering Shimla

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore our new photographic exhibition all about the Indian city of Shimla and create your own sun print to take home.

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


Lunar New Year Lantern Festival - Special late night opening

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

A special late night opening at the Oriental Museum to mark the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival, the end of the New Year activities.

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


Thursday 16 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Measurement Problems in Ancient Greece - Time and Speed

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Leech Hall, St Johns College

We usually assume that we can measure all happenings with the same temporal units (seconds, hours, etc.) and can put them in the same calendar. And we take it for granted that we can also measure the speed of processes. From the perspective of the ancient Greeks, however, both points are inconceivable. In this lecture Dr Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews, UK) will talk about some of the reasons why such a unified account of measurement is unknown in ancient Greece and some of its philosophical consequences. This lecture is free and open to all. For further details please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=30420

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tanya Luhrmann on 'The Voice of God'

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Palace Green Library

Professor Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University) on 'The Voice of God'
God is in some ways the ultimate uncertainty, since God has no material trace which gives certain evidence of presence.

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


Friday 17 February 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre, Millenium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 February
Join Durham Opera Ensemble (DOE), accompanied by musicians from Durham University Orchestral Society (DUOS) as they present their annual opera, Benjamin Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, in the Gala theatre. This is a brilliant adaptation of the Shakespearean comic classic. Britten’s beguiling composition is the perfect accompaniment to the tumultuous text.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 18 February 2017

Awesome Animals

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Animals have inspired artists and craftspeople all over the world. See how many animals you can spot in the galleries and make an animal mask.

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


Monday 20 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - The Third Mode of Life: information transfer in networked organisms

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede, Durham University

Professor Mark Fricker, University of Oxford will present this lecture. Fungi form extensive interconnected mycelial networks that scavenge efficiently for scarce and ephemeral resources in a patchy environment, in the face of aggressive competition from other fungi and predation by soil micro-fauna. Exploration, repair and combat require internal transport of nutrients from spatially disparate sources to these rapidly altering sinks. Thus, the network architecture and internal flows continuously adapt to local nutritional cues, damage or predation, through growth, branching, fusion or regression. As these organisms do not have any centralized control system, we infer their relatively sophisticated behavior has to emerge from parallel implementation of many local decisions that collectively manage to solve this complex, dynamic combinatorial optimization problem.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 21 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Giant Ears and 'anatomical dolls': theoretical, practical and cultural challenges of scale in the history of anatomical models

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Durham University

Dr Anna Maerker, King's College, London will present this lecture. Three-dimensional models at different scales are central to learning about the body today, from miniaturized dolls which show the location of large organs to giant ears explaining the mechanism of hearing, and life-sized plastic torsos designed to teach CPR.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 February 2017

Powerful Pyramids

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Explore our two Ancient Egyptian galleries and build your own pyramid, complete with secret treasure inside.

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


Thursday 23 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - On the Animated GIF

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University

A GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) is a string of computer code with particular characteristics, although in everyday usage the term describes looped animations, often sampled from a commercial source, formatted to play on a variety of digital platforms. Considered solely as animations, GIFs are fairly rudimentary. Many exist simply to catch your attention, like spinning disks revolving in the wind outside a shop. This lecture is presented by Professor Anna McCarthy, New York University

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 24 February 2017

Magic Mosaics

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Find out about mosaics in the ancient world and create your own unique design from glass tiles to take home.

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


MUSICON Focus: SCALE 1

7:30pm to 10:00pm

Ives Ensemble
Lore Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano)
Oliver Christophe Leith – new work (commissioned by MUSICON)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann – Vier kurze Studien
Igor Stravinsky – Trois pièces pour quatuor à cordes
Morton Feldman – Three Voices

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 25 February 2017

Crazy Clocks

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Take a look at our famous Chinese astronomical clock and create your own timepiece to take home.

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


Guided Tour - Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday

2:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

In these events, you can enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition to learn about some of the research behind the highlights and the making of some of the displays. All guided tours are followed in the Palace Green Library Cafe by a networking event for voice-hearers, their families and carers, a discussion event, and a film screening at Durham's Empty Shop.

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


Hearing Voices Networking Event

3:00pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library

We warmly welcome young people (age 12 – 25) who hear voices, their families and carers to a networking event at the Café in Palace Green Library, Durham. Taking place over tea, coffee and cake, this event will be a chance to meet other young people who have similar experiences, share ideas and stories and discuss ways to increase local sources of support for young people who find their voices distressing.

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


SCALE 2

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Ives Ensemble
Forum Neue Vokalmusik
Anton Webern – Sechs Bagatellen, opus 9
Helmut Lachenmann – Toccatina
György Kurtág – Hommage à Mihaly Andras: 12 Microludien
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Chamber Choir in the Chapter House

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Cathedral Chapter House

Join the University Chamber Choir for their annual concert in the Chapter House conducted by George Cook.

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Sunday 26 February 2017

SCALE 3

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Ives Ensemble
Anton Webern – Drei kleine Stücke, opus 11
Arnold Schönberg – Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, opus 19
Charles Ives – A Set of Three Short Pieces
Morton Feldman – Piano and String Quartet

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 27 February 2017

Scales of research, social anthropology meets epidemiology

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
This lecture is delivered by Professor William Sax, Heidelberg University, Germany.
It seems that social anthropology with its methodology of ethnographic participant-observation, and epidemiology with its focus on statistical methods, work at very different scales. Ethnographers usually conduct their research at the micro-scale of the tribe, village, family or even the single person, while epidemiologists prefer large-scale studies of "populations": the bigger the better.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 3 March 2017

Classical Ensemble Spring Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Hild Bede Chapel

Join the Classical Ensemble for their second concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 4 March 2017

Orchestral Society

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Elvet Methodist Church

Save the date for the Orchestral Society’s 2nd term concert featuring both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 6 March 2017

Atomic to Global Scale: on your knees to manganese

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series.
This lecture is delivered by Dr Karen Johnson, Durham University, and Stephen Livingstone. From playing a critical role in oxygen production and shaping the soil we grow our food in, manganese is a giver of life. And yet how many of you have heard of manganese?

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 7 March 2017

Species Responses to Changing Climates Across Time and Space From 55 million years ago to 2100 CE

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College, Durham University

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Climates have changed throughout geological history, providing a series of natural model systems for studying ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, at timescales ranging from decades to many millions of years. In this talk, Professor Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus upon three periods of climate change that are particularly relevant to global change ecology.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 8 March 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Dr Colin Barr

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Dr Colin Barr (Aberdeen) - Ireland's Spiritual Empire. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm.
All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Monday 6 March 2017.

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 9 March 2017

LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop

8:00am to 5:00am, The Durham Centre, Durham

The LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop is a two-day program designed to train speech-language pathologists in a voice/speech treatment technique for adults and children with motor speech disorders, with a specialty in Parkinson disease.

Contact dhft.ncore@nhs.net for more information about this event.


Friday 10 March 2017

Swing, Strings and Sir Tom

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Gala Theatre

Join Sir Thomas Allen for an evening of jazz and big band classics. This is a one-off opportunity to see the world-famous baritone ditch his operatic persona and delve into the world of Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra, accompanied by the award-winning Durham University Big Band and the string section of the Durham University Orchestral Society.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 11 March 2017

Choral Society in Durham Cathedral

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Save the date for Durham University Choral Society in Durham Cathedral, accompanied by the Palatinate Orchestra.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 13 March 2017

Laboratory Scale: situated practices in the (digital) humanities

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Laboratories have become privileged places of scalar operations. A visual focus on microscopic realities turns into exportable products of information, inscribed, written down, discussed much outside the confines of the laboratory itself.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Dunelm Consort and Players: Bach St John Passion

8:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Castle Great Hall

A Lenten performance of J.S. Bach’s iconic St John Passion conducted by Jonny Allsopp.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Festival of East Asian Music: Two Faces of Nature

1:15pm to 2:00pm

Two Faces of Nature
Kiku Day and Hibiki Ichikawa

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 1 May 2017

IAS 2: John Snijders and Morton Feldman

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) – Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1983) (90 minutes)

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Tuesday 2 May 2017

Brodsky Quartet

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Music Department

Johann Sebastian Bach – selection from: Die Kunst der Fuge (“The Art of Fugue”)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – Fugue from: Four Pieces for String Quartet, op. 81
Alexander Borodin – String Quartet No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, op. 130

Daniel Rowland – violin
Ian Belton – violin
Paul Cassidy – viola
Jacqueline Thomas – cello

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 4 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Professor John McCafferty

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin) - 'Squabbling, babbling, feeling': What did Exile do to Early Modern Catholics from Britain & Ireland?

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue

We are delighted that the guest speaker for our 2016/17 annual lecture will be Harriet Lamb. Harriett Lamb became CEO of International Alert, which, this year celebrates 30 years of peace building.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 23 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Stonyhurst College

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Joe Reed & Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst) - English Jesuit Drama 1599-1916: From Martyrs to Rum Punch. All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Hannah Thomas on hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Friday 19 May 2017.

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 June 2017

9th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

9:00am to 5:00pm, London, UK

Novel research on Genomics and Pharmacogenomics for Global Health.
Genomics-2017 is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Saturday 17 June 2017

Orchestral Society Cathedral Concert

7:00pm to 10:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

The Orchestral Society’s annual Cathedral Concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alex Mackinder and the Chamber Orchestra conducted by John Reddel.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Sunday 18 June 2017

Classical Ensemble Summer Concert

7:30pm to 9:00pm, St Oswald's Church

Join the Classical Ensemble for their final concert of the year.

Contact contact@musicdurham.org for more information about this event.


Monday 19 June 2017

Bishop Hatfield Evensong

5:15pm to 6:00pm, Durham Cathedral, Palace Green

Bishop Hatfield Evensong in Durham Cathedral.

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Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


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