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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.

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Chinese New Year

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

Thursday 19 February - Thursday 5 March
Explore the Oriental Museum and celebrate the Chinese new year with our fun Chinese New Year Gallery Trail, full of things to spot, draw and plenty of puzzles.

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


Collingwood Woodplayers present - West Side Story

8:00am, Collingwood College
Monday 2nd - Thursday 5th March
A modern musical adaption of Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet', two rival gangs in the street of New York try to take control of the street until their own star-crossed lovers, Tony and Maria, cause tensions that lead to events spiraling out of control.

Contact k.l.briggs@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Skylight

7:30pm, The Empty Shop HQ

Monday 2nd - Wednesday 4th March
 Fourth Wall Theatre presents 'Skylight’, a celebration of small failures and grand dreams, an exploration of love on its most intimate canvas spread out against the unwashed dishes and run-down furniture of modern life.

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


Durham Castle Tours

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.


On Seeing the Author Exhibition

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

30 January - 26 April
Thinking about the author has always been important in thinking about the words. Research is brought together in a fascinating new exhibition at Palace Green Library.

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


Vietnam: A Nation not a War

9:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library

30 January - 26 April
The exhibition mixes historic and contemporary objects from Vietnam with contemporary works by British artist Anthony Key to explore national identity, migration, cultural diversity, faith and belonging in Vietnam.

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


Vestiges of their Hearts - 3.11 three years on

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH
16 January - 29 March
This photographic exhibition by Jorel Chan, showcases a series of carefully curated photographs taken during a humanitarian mission to the Tohoku region in Japan, with the aim of charting the humanitarian progress made in the various cities and towns hit by the 3.11 Great Tohoku Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear incident.

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


The Art Studio: No stigma attached

10:00am to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, DH1 3TH
16 January - 19 April
A group exhibition exploring South Asian art and personal journeys of hope, growth and expression by members of the Art Studio, Sunderland. The art displayed reflects both the diversity of South Asian culture as well as the varied interests of group members. The exhibition includes work in a variety of media and styles - paintings, lino-cuts prints, sculptures, drawings and ceramics.

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


Living on the Hills - 10,000 years of Durham

10:00am to 4:45pm, Palace Green Library

This permanent exhibition uses objects from Museum of Archaeology, alongside objects from across Durham University and other regional museums to explore the last 10,000 years of Durham.
Admission to this exhibition is free.

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


Lunchtime Zumba

12:15pm to 1:00pm, Grey College - Fountains Hall

Fun physical activity that fits into your lunchbreak! Aerobic dance aimed at beginners and intermediates designed to get Durham University staff and local residents moving. Calsses only £1.50.

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


Inkapturing Creative Writing Course

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

A creative writing course taught by Durham-based author Dr. Fadia Faqir. Have you ever wanted to write? Come and have a go in a friendly and supportive environment! The 2-hour weekly workshops, running every Wednesday are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.
Suitable for beginners and those who have been writing for a while. Admission is FREE and the course is open to students or non-students.

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


Desktops to Supercomputers: the wide computational spectrum in simulating emergence

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Events Hall, Josephine Butler College, Durham Univesrity
IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
To be given by Dr Kalyan S Perumalla, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. Computer simulation is an invaluable tool in studying emergence, particularly when abstractions of aggregate behaviors arising out of composition of component behaviors are very hard to propose.
All welcome and free to attend, no need to register

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


‘The Challenge of Pope Francis: a diplomatic perspective.’

6:00pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Main Lecture Theatre, Durham
The Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2015
Nigel Baker,HM Ambassador to the Holy See, will deliver this lecture, hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies. The lecture will be preceded at 5.00pm with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Centre for Catholic Studies in St Cuthbert’s Chapel. All are welcome.

Contact e.t.jarvis@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


DULOG Present - 'The Drowsy Chaperone'

The Assembly Rooms

Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th March
Winner of 5 TONY Awards (including Best Book and Best Original Score), The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.


The spiritual Significance of Weaponry in the Sikh Faith

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, DH1 3TH

Friends of the Oriental Museum Public Lecture
In this talk, Mr Joojhaar Singh explores the spiritual relationship with the Sikh, the sword and the Divine. The way of the sword and Sikhism has been intimately intertwined since its inception. The psyche of the people was uplifted and transformed into that of a spiritual warrior with the coming of Guru Nanak to this world. A path of spirituality steeped in righteousness and Love.

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


Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell - 'The Universe and Us'

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series 2014/15
Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, visiting Professor, Astrophysics, University of Oxford, will look at how our understanding of the universe has changed/grown, our relationship to the universe and what the future might hold.


Thursday 5 March 2015

Paralympics GB Sports Fest

10:00am to 5:00pm, Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham

Sports Fest is a free multi-sport event for disabled people aimed at sports fans from across the North East, offering people a unique opportunity to discover more about disability sport and inviting them to try it for themselves.
Come along to try a range of sports from dressage to athletics and meet triple Paralympic champion Stephen Miller and wheelchair fencing star Gemma Collis.


Programming Priests: The Limits and Possibilities of Online Education

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Tristram Room, St John's College, Durham

CODEC Research Seminar
Much has been written on the issues of teaching online, but what happens when we use it to train the next generation of spiritual leaders? David Stout, CODEC research fellow for digital resources, is currently working alongside the Church of England to help develop resources and models for online, formational training.

Contact p.a.bissell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


`Geometry: A secret weapon in the fight against viruses'

5:15pm to 6:30pm, Calman Learning Center CLC013
Maths Public Lecture
A public lecture by Professor Reidun Twarock, York University. Reidun Twarock is a German-born Professor of Mathematical Biology at York University. She is known for developing mathematical models of viruses based on higher-dimensional lattices.

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


'Crowdsourcing a Constitution: The Icelandic Experiment in the Aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis'

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Ustinov Café Politique and the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour present this event as part of Café Politique, showing and discussing the film "Blueberry Soup: How Iceland changed the way we think about the world" (Wilma's Wish Productions; Directed by Eileen Jerrett), which documents this not-well-known-story of grassroots constitutionalism, followed by a panel discussion.

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


Lunar New Year Lantern Festival

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

Come and enjoy the Oriental Museum's Annual Lantern Festival. Take part in storytelling, celebrate with some fun crafts, join in with a dragon dance and try some traditional new year foods! £1 per person, under 5's free.

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


UN Society Speaker's Event: Andrey Fursov

7:30pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre (PCL 054), Palatine Centre

It is our pleasure to invited you to a joint event between the Durham University United Nations Society and the Russian Society.
Andrey Fursov is one of the most prominent historians, political analysts and public intellectuals in Russia with the deepest knowledge of Russian politics and its political processes who knows almost everything about how and why Russia is what it is. The talk will be followed by our traditional drinks and diplomacy session, where you will have the opportunity to address the speaker in an informal setting. Please note that this event is free for members and £2 for non-members. For more information on the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/660093684114186/​

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


Friday 6 March 2015

Is the Russian Bear marauding Europe? Placing the Western-Russian antagonism in a historical and geopolitical context .

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Dr. Andrei Fursov, Head of the Department of Asia and Africa at Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences will consider this and other related questions in a special Café Politique format. Joining him for a Q&A section on soft power, proxy conflicts and irregular warfare will be Dr. Elena Ponomareva, Professor of Comparative Politics and Politology at the Moscow State University of International Relations.

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


Saturday 7 March 2015

Fifty Years of Sexism: What Next?

9:00am to 12:00pm, St Aidan's College, Durham

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 March
The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities at Durham University is hosting an interdisciplinary conference to mark the 50th anniversary of the coining of the term “sexism”, and to ask how far we have come since this often controversial and inflammatory term became a way to refer to gender inequality.

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


Brilliant Books

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

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March
Celebrate World Book Day by making a notebook to create your own brilliant book!

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


Holy Holi

Oriental Musuem, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Prepare for the Hindu Festival of Spring and colours and make a colourful flower garland today at the Oriental Museum. Activities take plave between 1pm - 3pm.

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


Durham Castle Tours

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 and 3:15pm.

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


In the Light of Spring

7:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Durham University Choral Society, Orchestral Society and Chamber Choir will be showcasing the range and excellence of musical talent at Durham University with a concert entitled In The Light Of Spring. Nearly two hundred students will be involved in this exciting collaboration between the three societies, with the performance of Lazarus Requiem by Durham alumnus and nationally recognised composer Patrick Hawes being the highlight of the evening.

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


Sunday 8 March 2015

Holi Festival

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Come to the Oriental Museum to welcome the spring season to Durham with a special Holi festival! The event will include timed powder throws with a free environmentally and skin-kind powder sachet of brightly coloured Holi powder for each participant. Alongside powder throws, there will also be free Holi-themed craft activities with a ticket.

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


Durham Castle Tours

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.


Nabucco

5:30pm to 7:30pm, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College

In collaboration with Collingwood College Music Society, Opera Nova presents in concert, a workshop performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco.

Contact f.v.ridley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 9 March 2015

Little Bookworms

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

Come along to Little Bookworms under 5s group and explore Palace Green Library’s fantastic collections and exhibitions. 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.

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


Durham Castle Tours

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 and 3:15pm.

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


Book Launch: Thieves of the State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security an evening with Sarah Chayes

6:00pm, McEwan Lounge & IM201, Al Qasimi Building, Elvet Hill Road, Durham DH1 3TU

The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria, the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in northern Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption.

Contact l.j.young@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Portraiture and Emergence

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre
Thinking About Emergence Public Lecture
To be given by Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham University). Prof Jordanova discusses the two main ways emergence is a generative idea with respect to portraiture.
Open to all, free to attend with no need to register

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


Tuesday 10 March 2015

Durham Castle Tours

Until 5:15pm

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.


The Unruly Matter of Man: Matter and the Human According to the Twelfth-Century Platonists

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Leaning Centre, Palace Green
IMEMS Limits of the Human seminar series
Professor Mary Franklin-Brown, University of Minnesota, considers matter’s malignitas focusing on the question of why it expresses itself most fully at the moment when the human body is being formed. Through readings of philosophical and poetic texts of the period, she willll trace the multiplicitous and competing understandings of matter and of the human being’s entanglement in it.

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


Public Spending in Ancient Democratic Athens and Today

5:30pm to 6:30pm, The Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
To be given by Dr David M Pritchard, University of Queensland. Dr Pritchard's richly illustrated public lecture analyses public spending in ancient democratic Athens. Ancient historians debate whether this famous democracy spent more on religion or war. They cannot agree how the Athenians paid for politics.
This lecture is free to attend and open to all.

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


Wednesday 11 March 2015

British Wood-Engraved Book Illustration between the Wars

10:30am to 2:30pm, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, DL12 8NP
The Annual Art Fund lecture at the Bowes Museum will be given by Joanna Selborne, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Courtauld Gallery.
The 1920s and ‘30s saw a flowering of the quintessentially British tradition of wood engraving for book illustration. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Bewick and the great Victorian book illustrators, artists between the wars produced a body of work in the medium which has not been equalled since.

Contact j.m.findlay@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


“Placing labour in the political economy of development”

2:00pm to 5:00pm, Room CLC406 (Derman Christopherson room) in Calman Learning Centre
Seminar sponsored by the Geography Department's Culture-Economy-Life (CEL) research cluster.
Benjamin Selwyn from the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex will discuss "Beyond the MDG's: Possibilities of Labour-Centred Development" followed by Juanita Elias from the University of Warwick who will discuss "Marketizing social reproduction in East and Southeast Asia.

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


Sir Gareth Roberts Memorial Lecture: The Spin on Electronics!

4:30pm to 5:30pm

Delivered by Professor Stuart Parkin, this is the third in a series of lectures in tribute to the life and work of Professor Sir Gareth Roberts FRS FREng (1940–2007), who joined Durham University as Professor of Applied Physics in 1976.


- Inaugural Lecture by Prof. John Heil - Objects, Ordinary and Otherwise

5:30pm, Senate Suite, Durham Castle
E.J. Lowe Lecture Series
In memory and acknowledgement of E.J. (Jonathan) Lowe's contribution to philosophy, Durham Philosophy Department has introduced a lecture series in his name.
The inaugural lecture for this series will be given by Professor John Heil, one of the world's leading metaphysicians and Jonathan Lowe's personal friend.

Stephen Berkoff's 'The Trial'

7:30pm, The Assembly Rooms

Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th March

3dTC presents ‘The Trial’, Berkoff’s masterful adaptation of Kafka’s timeless novel which follows K’s futile attempts to acquit himself leads to a number of encounters with absurd, seductive and enigmatic characters who sum up the impossibly baffling world he finds himself in.

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


Thursday 12 March 2015

Understanding the news media

10:30am to 1:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and St Bede

Education researchers and press officers are invited to join the Education Media Centre and Durham University for a half day event to gain an expert insight into working with the news media.

Contact info@educationmediacentre.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 14 March 2015

Traditional Crafts Weekend

10:00am to 4:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March
Silversmith Les Howe and his wife Vivienne, an artist and card designer, will be demonstrating their skills in the garden this weekend as part of our English Tourism Week activities.


Fan-tastic!

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

English Tourism Week
The Oriental Museum has lots of fans from Korea, China and Japan. Explore our galleries and create your own fan to cool down with. Drop in activities from 1pm - 3pm.

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


Dangerous Dinosaurs

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

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March
Can you create your own (not so) dangerous dinosaur puppet, this weekend as is part of our celebrations for the English Tourism Week. No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day.

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


Marvellous Mums

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham

English Tourism Week
Children visiting the garden today are invited to create a special present and card to say a big thank you to their Mums for Mothers Day as part of our English Tourism Week celebrations.


Wednesday 18 March 2015

ASAB Easter 2015

1:00pm to 5:00pm, Calman Learning Centre

18th - 20 March
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour Easter Conference The Behaviour Ecology and Evolution Research (BEER) Centre at Durham University is delighted to be hosting this event and Easter Conference and Postgraduate Workshop.

Contact asab.2015@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 21 March 2015

Stockton High Street Launch

10:00am to 3:00pm, Stockton Town Centre
Come and join us to celebrate the completion of the High Street.
Free family fun.
Giant reveal at 1pm.
Free parking from 10am.

Contact www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk for more information about this event.


Amazing Poetry

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

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March
Rise to the poetry challenge and decorate poems to celebrate World Poetry Day. This event is part of our celebrations for English Tourism Week. No need to pre-book, just turn up on the day.

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


Gorgeous Gardens

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

English Tourism Week
Create your own Japanese zen garden, complete with pebbles, water feature and gravel in today's craft activity from 1pm - 3pm.

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


Sunday 22 March 2015

'Into your hands'

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Durham Cathedral Chapter House
Durham Singers Passiontide concert
Passiontide motets by Bach and Byrd, and music to mark the 500th anniversary of the great Tudor composer John Sheppard. A short, early evening concert in the stunning setting of Durham Cathedral's Chapter House to bring your weekend to a peaceful close.

Contact info@durham-singers.org for more information about this event.


Saturday 28 March 2015

Chick Challenge & Easter Gallery Trail

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH
Saturday 28th March - Sunday 12th April
Throughout the Easter Holidays come along and try our Easter gallery trail and spot the chicks hidden around the displays. Included in normal admission prices, the Gallery Trail is available 10am-5pm weekdays and 12-5pm weekends and bank holidays.

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


Marvellous Marbling

1:00pm to 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March
Ever wondered how to produce marbled paper? Here's your chance to have a go in this weekend's family craft activity!

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


Hooray for Hieroglyphs

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Investigate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and then write or print your own secret messages on papyrus in today's craft activity between 1pm - 3pm.

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


Sunday 29 March 2015

Free Entry to the Botanic Garden

10:00am to 5:00pm, Botanic Garden, Hollingside Lane, Durham
English Tourism Week
Enjoy free entry to the Botanic Garden today. Visitors of all ages will love exploring the unique gardens and trails. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

World Heritage Site Tours

World Heritage Site, Durham
English Tourism Week
As part of the English Tourism Week celebrations, today only we are offering free tours of the World Heritage Site. Enjoy a guided walk around Palace Green and the World Heritage Site at either 11am or 1.30pm. Places are limited and must be pre-booked.

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


Durham Castle Tours

Durham Castle
English Tourism Week
Enjoy a free tour of the stunning Durham Castle. Tours will take place on the hour from 10am until 4pm. Places are limited and must be pre-booked.

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


Free Entry to Palace Green Library

10:00am to 5:00pm, Palace Green Library, Durham
English Tourism Week
Enjoy free entry to Palace Green Library today. This offer includes free entry to the exhibitions "Vietnam: A Nation, not a War" and "On Seeing the Author: Portraits in Libraries from Antiquity to the Present".

Free Entry to the Oriental Museum

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Oriental Museum, Durham

English Tourism Week,
Enjoy free entry to the Oriental Museum today. Come along to explore our galleries, try the Easter gallery trail and spot the chicks hidden around the displays. No need to pre book, just turn up on the day.


Tuesday 14 April 2015

Geopressure 2015

Claman Learning Centre, Science Site, Durham University

International conference and workshop on pore fluid and fracture pressures in hydrocarbon exploration. GeoPressure2015 will be the third international conference on this topic held at Durham University (previously in 1995 and 2008).

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


Friday 17 April 2015

New Churches in the North East: a Research Conference

Leech hall, St Johns College, Durham

The conference concerns new churches in the North East of England, with a particular focus on minority ethnic communities, founded since 1980. Over 100 new churches have come into being since 1980, of which around 40 are rooted primarily in ethnic minority communities. The research has a bearing both on the religious life of the North East but also offers analysis of how the wider community is changing.

Contact d.j.goodhew@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 April 2015

Professor Stephen Whittle - 'Gender: What Future does it have?'

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series 2014/15
Professor Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University asks this question of gender. In September 2014, Time Magazine featured on its cover, and in the inside, the story of a "proud, African-American transgender woman" Laverne Cox; star of Orange is the new Black, Netflix’s prison drama. Cox says "There’s not just one trans story. There’s not just one trans experience….Facebook just gave us 56 custom genders. People are like, ‘I’m confused!’ And it’s like, ‘Calm down…. Who is this individual right in front of you? …." 


Monday 27 April 2015

The Emergence of Civilisation

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre
Thinking About Emergence Public Lecture
To be given by Professor Lord Colin Renfrew, FBA (University of Cambridge)Prof Renfrew will discuss the development of complex society in the Aegean will briefly be compared with the analogous process in Egypt, Sumer, China, the Indus, Mexico and Peru in an attempt better to understand the emergence of complex social behaviour.
Open to all, free to attend with no need to register

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


Wednesday 29 April 2015

Carol Ann Duffy - Poetry Reading by the Poet Laureate

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecure Series 2014/15
Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate, playwright and Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University
Carol Ann will be accompanied by musician John Sampson With Carol Ann Duffy and her daughter Ella, John has helped to create shows such as The Princess' Blankets, which has been described as "A magical blend of poetry, music and fairytale".


Thursday 30 April 2015

Elizabeth Buie - 'User Experience and the Human Spirit'

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Vasey Room, St John's College

CODEC Research Seminar
People use artefacts in many ways to support their spiritual practices. From low-tech artefacts such as books, candles and pencils to high-tech ones such as DVDs, websites and mobile apps, design plays a role in how artefacts contribute to the practices and experiences that they support. This talk will summarise Elizabeth’s PhD research and give a hint of the grounded theory that is beginning to emerge from it.

Contact p.a.bissell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 5 May 2015

Complex Systems and the Greeks: the trajectory of emergence

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre
Thinking About Emergence Public Lecture
To be given by Dr Mark Usher (University of Vermont). Prof Usher's presentation will touch on some of the following topics/themes: the Presocratics as systems thinkers; Plato’s cosmology and biomimicry; the interdependence of material, social, and ethical systems in ancient Atomism; emergent properties in Cleisthenes’ political reorganization of Attica.
Open to all, free to attend with no need to register

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


Wednesday 6 May 2015

Professor Thomas Weiss - 'Humanitarian Intervention and Business: A Tale of Ethical Quandaries'

7:45pm, Durham Castle

Durham Castle Lecture Series 2014/15
Professor Thomas Weiss, Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, Presidential Professor of Political Science at The Graduate Center, CUNY (The City University of New York), and Research Professor at SOAS, University of London.
Understanding the ongoing transformations in contemporary humanitarian action in war zones requires examining the nature and evolution of humanitarian culture -its values, language, behavior. The move is away from an agreed culture of cooperation to a contested one of competition as a result of militarization, politicization, and marketization. What is necessary is a "learning culture" of responsible reflection rather than rapid reaction.


Saturday 9 May 2015

Dvorak Stabat Mater

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Durham Cathedral

Durham Choral Society, soloists and orchestra perform in Durham Cathedral. In composing Stabat Mater, Dvorak was heavily influenced by the deaths of his three young children. So sad but it led to a hauntingly beautiful work. If you don't know the work, it is definitely worth getting to know.

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


Thursday 28 May 2015

From Scrolls to Scrolling: The Bible’s Ever-Changing Medium and Layout

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Vasey Room, St John's College
CODEC Research Seminar
Joshua Mann, Research Fellow in Biblical Literacy, dicusses how Biblical texts have been recorded upon (or in) various media and in various layouts over three millennia. Exploring these changes and their effects helps us put digital versions of the Bible in perspective and develop reading strategies for getting the most out of the Bibles we read, whatever the medium.

Contact p.a.bissell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 1 June 2015

Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt

10:00am to 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

1st June - 31st August
2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The only surviving 1216 copy of the great charter will be on display at Durham University’s Palace Green Library in this commemorative exhibition.

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


Monday 8 June 2015

MediaLit15 Engaging Faith & the Media in a Digital Age

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College

A week of learning how to engage with the media. MediaLit is open to anyone interested in engaging with the media - mass media, broadcast media, with a core group of ordinands at Cranmer Hall partaking in the course. You do not need to know how to "do technology" to participate in the course - simply be willing to take part in discussions and activities.

Contact p.a.bissell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 28 June 2015

International Conference: Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention

Durham University

Human migration and the environment are two of the most pressing issues of our times. But what is at stake when these two phenomena are articulated as a singular relation? By asking this and many other questions, this conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for scholars, policymakers, practitioners and artists to chart out the next generation of research on human migration and the environment.

Contact w.a.baldwin@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Saturday 29 August 2015

Durham Flower Festival

10:00am to 4:30pm, East Durham College, Houghall Campus, Durham, DH1 3SG

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th August
Following the tremendous success of the first ever Durham Flower Festival, we are delighted to announce the dates for the 2015 show. The event will be held at the Houghall campus, on the outskirts of Durham. The show offers top quality plants, great garden products and plenty of expert growing advice – all in one fantastic day out.

Contact dianne.howe@eastdurham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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