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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 at various locations across the University. Lectures in the Castle Public Lecture Series take place within the Great Hall of historic Durham Castle, while the 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.

Monday 9 December 2019

Stefano Cracolici – The Grand Tour in the North East

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

The Grand Tour had a tremendous impact on 18th and 19th century British identity. This lecture is structured as an artistic itinerary through the North-East looking for tangible traces of the Grand Tour, discernible at Alnwick Castle, Raby Castle, Rokeby Park among other places

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


Tuesday 10 December 2019

Stand Up and Be Counted!

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Birtley Room, Hatfield College

Women@DU bring your own lunch networking event

Contact s.m.macdonald@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Pope Pius XII's Christmas Messages: A Dialogue in Mid-Century Catholic Social Thought

5:30pm to 7:45pm, Ushaw College

Dr Anna Rowlands will offer a reading of Pius's Christmas messages in the context of wider Catholic attempts to rethink social teaching in a context of crisis in 1940s. Drawing on the work of Simone Weil and Joseph Pieper, the lecture will explore potential ways we might engage and develop such mid-century thought in our own context. More details and registration available here

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


Wednesday 11 December 2019

Research Seminar: Life Course and educational Inequalities amongst LGBTQ People in Five European Countries

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED130

A seminar from Dr Yvette Taylor of Newcastle College. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Layton Dialogue - 'Is violence at the heart of human-wildlife coexistence?'

3:00pm to 5:00pm, D110, Dawson Building

A Dialogue between: Dr Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Ohio State University. Prof Catherine Hill, Professor in Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University.
With Discussant: Dr Ben Cambpell, Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Durham University.

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


Friday 10 January 2020

Geo-power: what new Earth?

10:30am to 5:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

Hosted jointly by the Centre for Culture and Ecology and the Department of Geography with Guest Speaker Professor Federico Luisetti

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


Friday 17 January 2020

Durham Model United Nations Conference 2020

1:00pm to 4:00pm, The Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Model United Nations (DurMUN) 2020 Conference offers an exciting opportunity to experience the work of UN bodies as a representative of a Member State or chair of a committee. We offer great debates and fun social while giving you a chance to solve world problems our politicians cannot. This year's theme is “Encouraging Stability in Turbulent Times” and focuses entirely on the difficulties of the Middle East.

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


Saturday 18 January 2020

Durham Model United Nations Conference 2020

1:00pm to 4:00pm, The Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Model United Nations (DurMUN) 2020 Conference offers an exciting opportunity to experience the work of UN bodies as a representative of a Member State or chair of a committee. We offer great debates and fun social while giving you a chance to solve world problems our politicians cannot. This year's theme is “Encouraging Stability in Turbulent Times” and focuses entirely on the difficulties of the Middle East.

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


Sunday 19 January 2020

Durham Model United Nations Conference 2020

1:00pm to 4:00pm, The Chapter House, Durham Cathedral

Durham Model United Nations (DurMUN) 2020 Conference offers an exciting opportunity to experience the work of UN bodies as a representative of a Member State or chair of a committee. We offer great debates and fun social while giving you a chance to solve world problems our politicians cannot. This year's theme is “Encouraging Stability in Turbulent Times” and focuses entirely on the difficulties of the Middle East.

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


Tuesday 21 January 2020

Photographing Tutankhamun

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Professor Christina Riggs

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


Tuesday 25 February 2020

Durham's Louis Allen and the History of a Battle

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Durham Gala Theatre

Speaker: Professor Tarak Barkawi (Professor of International Relations at London School of Economics and Political Science)

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


Tuesday 10 March 2020

The Origins of London Transport's Visual Identity

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Richard Taylor

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


Tuesday 17 March 2020

Nazi Elite-School Exchange Programmes with British Public Schools during the 1930s

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Dr Helen Roche

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


Monday 23 March 2020

Just Passing By?

5:45pm to 7:00pm, Gala Theatre Durham

Speaker: Dr Markian Prokopovych

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


Wednesday 25 March 2020

Hypertension congress 2020

8:00am to 5:00am, Tokyo japan

4th International Conference on Hypertension & Healthcare” scheduled on March 25-26, 2020 at Tokyo, Japan the place which has the great influx of tourists.

Contact hypertension@globalconferences.net for more information about this event.


Thursday 26 March 2020

Hypertension congress 2020

8:00am to 5:00am, Tokyo japan

4th International Conference on Hypertension & Healthcare” scheduled on March 25-26, 2020 at Tokyo, Japan the place which has the great influx of tourists.

Contact hypertension@globalconferences.net for more information about this event.