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Durham University

What's On

Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences

At Durham University you'll find an extensive programme of public lectures and seminars. With an impressive line up of experts and renowned academics speaking on a myriad of topics, the aim is to share knowledge and encourage debate. Lectures on thought provoking subjects as diverse as history and astro-physics are aimed at a general audience and delivered online. T

he Institute of Advanced Study hosts a year round programme of inter-disciplinary lectures. Our Museums offer public lectures to accompany exhibitions and events and our Colleges celebrate that they are scholary communities with series' such as Cafe Politique, Cafe Scientifique and Cafe des Arts.

Public lectures are free of charge and open to all.

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Research Seminar: The doctorate as experience in Europe and beyond

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Zoom research seminar

A Zoom seminar presented by Professors Prue Holmes and Mike Byram from the School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for details about how to take part.

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


Friday 30 October 2020

The Fifth Pan-African Congress: 75 Years On

3:00pm to 4:30pm, Online event

An online discussion hosted by Durham University Centre for Contemporary African History

Contact theo.p.williams@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 4 November 2020

IAS Public Lecture - World Literature: Some Old and New Ideas

5:15pm to 6:15pm, The Lecture will take place on Zoom. To register please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S8nQ2wfySO2wr7gJLQ2-FQ

Public Lecture by Dr Sowon Park, University of California Santa Barbara.

To register please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S8nQ2wfySO2wr7gJLQ2-FQ

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


Monday 9 November 2020

Autumntide of the Middle Ages

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Online (via Zoom)

This panel discussion celebrates the publication of a new and unabridged English translation of a major work of history and world literature, Johan Huizinga's Autumntide of the Middle Ages, still considered one of the most perceptive and influential analyses of the late medieval period. The session includes short talks by the editors – Anton van der Lem, 'The Historian as Public Intellectual: Johan Huizinga, 1872-1945'; Graeme Small, 'Autumntide of the Middle Ages: History as World Literature'; Diane Webb, 'Translating Huizinga' – followed by a Q&A.

Contact tom.b.hamilton@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 10 November 2020

SMCS Annual Lecture

5:15pm to 6:15pm, Zoom

St Mary’s College Society are delighted to welcome Dr. Fiona Hill, of the Brookings Institution to deliver a lecture titled: The Struggle for the White House: a personal view.

https://brookings.zoom.us/j/85343077937?pwd=UzltalJkTGxDSkp0YmNXOGpBN09MZz09

Meeting ID: 853 4307 7937
Passcode: 389035

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


Wednesday 11 November 2020

Research Seminar: The Making of Doctoral Supervisors: An International Comparative Study

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Zoom seminar

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for details about how to take part.

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


Monday 23 November 2020

Nazi Elite-School Exchange Programmes with British Public Schools during the 1930s, a talk by Helen Roche

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Online (via Zoom)

Between 1934 and 1939, pupils from the National Political Education Institutes (aka Napolas), the most prominent type of Nazi elite school, engaged in exchanges with boys from British public schools, including Harrow, Rugby, Westminster, and Winchester. The Napola pupils were supposed to act as ‘cultural ambassadors’ for the Third Reich. Using contemporary documentary evidence and eyewitness testimonies from former pupils on both sides of the Anglo-German divide, this lecture will explore the changing attitudes of participating English and German boys during this period. Helen Roche is the author of Sparta's German Children: The ideal of ancient Sparta in the Royal Prussian Cadet Corps, 1818-1920, and in National Socialist elite schools (the Napolas), 1933-1945 (2013). Her second book, a comprehensive history of the Napolas, the Third Reich's most prominent elite schools, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Contact tom.b.hamilton@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 November 2020

IAS Public Lecture - Apollo Lies Weeping: on the Broken Dreams of Gods and Infidels

5:30pm to 6:30pm, The Lecture will take place on Zoom.

Public Lecture by Sarah Danays, Independent Sculptor and Photographer.

The Lecture will take place on Zoom. To register please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cMi_bx7_RKi6NcJIJVQDAw

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


Wednesday 2 December 2020

Research Seminar: No Place for Ambition

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Zoom seminar

A Zoom seminar presented by Dr Jo Rose, University of Bristol. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required. Contact ed.research@durham.ac.uk for details about how to take part.

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


Monday 7 December 2020

Monuments and Memory

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Online (via Zoom)

This panel discussion focuses on public monuments and their role in history and memory, featuring members of the Durham University research cluster on Landscape and Environment and chaired by Charlie Rozier, author of Writing History in the Community of St Cuthbert, c.700-1130: From Bede to Symeon of Durham (2020).

Contact tom.b.hamilton@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 9 December 2020

IAS Public Lecture - Biodiversity Loss, Land Reform and Sustainable Communities

5:30pm to 6:30pm, The Lecture will take place on Zoom.

Public Lecture by Dr Chris Dalglish, Inherit: the Institute for Heritage & Sustainable Human Development.

To register please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XiechG5dRZeW5AGx-igTJA

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


Public Lecture: ADHD - Myths & Evidence

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Zoom

We are pleased to invite you to the next Public Lecture for the Centre for Developmental Disorders, Department of Psychology, Durham University – to be held virtually on Wednesday 9th December at 7pm.

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


Wednesday 13 January 2021

IAS Public Lecture - Common-lands, practices and local knowledge: an archaeological perspective to the inner social dimension of the landscape

5:00pm to 6:00pm, The Lecture will take place on Zoom.

Public Lecture by Dr Anna Stagno, University of Genoa.

To register please go to https://durhamuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BfqVQjsxRBiKCuT6rCjWrw

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