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Durham University

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Lectures and Seminars

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.

Tuesday 23 April 2019

‘Missio Dei in a Digital Age’.

3:30pm to 5:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC Annual Symposium
Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. • Digital culture as the new environment of mission • The implications of digital culture on missiology • Missional church and digitality • New media and evangelism • Digital technology and the common good • Digital tools for doing good.

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


Wednesday 24 April 2019

‘Missio Dei in a Digital Age’.

3:30pm to 5:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC Annual Symposium
Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. Digital technology is not only influencing the methods by which missions are carried out today, but the cultural shifts that it has given rise to demand fresh reflection on missiology. • Digital culture as the new environment of mission • The implications of digital culture on missiology • Missional church and digitality • New media and evangelism • Digital technology and the common good • Digital tools for doing good.

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


Cultural citizenship – what have the arts and creativity got to do with it?

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, South Road, Durham DH1 3LT
Durham Commission on Creativity and Education Lecture Series Professor Pat Thomson (Nottingham University) will give this public lecture. All are welcome. Please register to attend at https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=1228 (booking closes 16th April). For more information please see www.durham.ac.uk/creativitycommission/news.

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


Saturday 27 April 2019

The Ceremony of Sounding Retreat

5:30pm to 8:00pm, The College of St Hild and St Bede

The annual act of remembrance that commemorates the 104th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres on 25 April 1915 in which the Eighth Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry was involved and during which the 'Bede College Contingent' saw action on Gravenstafel Ridge.

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


Tuesday 30 April 2019

The Frontiers of the Roman Empire – A World heritage Serial Nomination

6:00pm to 7:00pm, PG20, Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green, Durham
Durham Castle and Cathedral World Heritage Lecture
John Scott, World Heritage Coordinator, Hadrian’s Wall will deliver this public lecture. Drinks reception in the WHS Visitor Centre afterwards.

Contact p.j.gibson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 1 May 2019

Gender(s) at work: gendered experiences of work and career in HE

10:00am to 12:00pm, Elvet Riverside, Room 149

Ceiling, cliff, escalator, closet… Dr Kate Thomas presents her research on gender in university careers followed by an interactive workshop. Dr Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow and Athena SWAN Project Manager at Birmingham City University, UK.
Presentation: THE WORKPLACE: GLASSED AND GENDERED
Workshop: MAPPING CAREER IN HE

Contact sol.j.gamsu@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Ambassadorial Forum - The War in Yemen State Intervention and the Politics of Miscalculation

3:00pm to 4:45pm, Room 201, Al Qasimi Building, School of Government & International Affairs

Join Francis Guy, Former UK Ambassador to Yemen 2001-2004 & Noel Guckian, Former UK Ambassador to Oman 2005-2011, for this round table discussion.

Contact g.p.harris@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 2 May 2019

Leadership in Commercial Negotiation

5:30pm to 6:30pm, PCL048 (Hogan Lovells lecture theatre)

James Johnson, former banking partner of Clifford Chance, will be hosting a free talk for students. James' talk will be a unique opportunity to network with an industry expert, receive valuable career advice, and access exclusive insights about working for multinational companies.

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


Reckoning with the Past: The Qing Empire and the Opium War

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

An illustrated talk by Dr Joseph Lawson, Newcastle University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2018/19 series.

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


Friday 3 May 2019

Quantum matter and atomic clocks

4:30pm to 6:00pm, Room PH8, Physics Dept, Durham University
The Rochester lecture 2019
Professor Jun Ye of JILA, National Institute of Standards and Technology and University of Colorado will present this year's annual lecture.

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


Saturday 4 May 2019

Beekeeping Experience Day at St Mary's College

10:00am to 5:00pm, St Mary's College, Durham

Ever thought about beekeeping? Ever wondered about bees and honey? Come and join the St Mary's beekeeping team on the 4th of May for an unforgettable beekeeping experience day!

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


Tuesday 7 May 2019

Colourful Signs of Power and Status – Heraldry in Past and Present

5:45pm to 6:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

The buildings and paintings of Durham’s cathedral and colleges are home to countless coats of arms, evoking the kings, princes, knights and noblemen of the past. But heraldry is still very much alive today. This lecture offers an overview of the study of heraldry, from its peculiar terminology and long history to its many practical applications throughout the centuries.

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


Tuesday 14 May 2019

The Print Before Photography with Antony Griffiths

5:45pm to 7:15pm, Town Hall, Durham

In this lecture Antony Griffiths, Britain’s most distinguished historian of print explains what early prints were, how they were made and how they were used.

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


Global Weirding: An Aesthetics of the Anthropocene - Prof. Eva Horn (University of Vienna)

6:00pm to 8:00pm, ER142 Elvet Riverside, DH1 3JT

Art/Literature "in the Anthropocene“ is currently a buzzword among scholars, artists, and curators. But what could an aesthetics of the Anthropocene mean, beyond mere thematic approaches to environmental degradation, climate change, or species loss? This talk by Professor Eva Horn, proposes that we think rather about form and modes of aesthetic experience in order to address a post-natural world of "global weirding".

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


Tuesday 21 May 2019

Britain’s Secret Red Purge

5:45pm to 6:45pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Between the early 1920s and the late 1940s, the British government operated a large programme to identify, blacklist and dismiss suspected Communists working in HMG’s munitions factories, shipyards and scientific establishments. It was kept secret from British workers and the British public; it has remained so until now. This lecture tells the story and reflects on its implications for modern British history and contemporary politics.

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


Monday 10 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


Tuesday 11 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


Wednesday 12 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


Thursday 13 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


Friday 14 June 2019

MediaLit 19 - Exploring Digital Culture and its impact on the Christian Church

9:00am to 2:00pm, St John's College, 3 South Bailey, Durham

Great teaching from women and men, thought leaders in their fields, passionate about communication within digital culture. Practical workshops, discussion space, times of reflection interspersed with lectures and talks from international speakers. Open to anyone interested in how digital culture is impacting the church around the world.

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


Pitch Production's presents 'Gutted' by Liz Richardson and Tara Robinson

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College, Durham

'Gutted' by Liz Richarson and Tara Robinson is a one-woman play, played by student Honor Halford-Macleod, building on the experiences of author Liz Richardson navigating her way through the inflammatory bowel disease Ulcerative Colitis, as well as exploring the personal shame that casts a shadow over individuals with related illnesses.

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


Saturday 15 June 2019

Pitch Production's presents 'Gutted' by Liz Richardson and Tara Robinson

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Dowrick Suite, Trevelyan College, Durham

'Gutted' by Liz Richarson and Tara Robinson is a one-woman play, played by student Honor Halford-Macleod, building on the experiences of author Liz Richardson navigating her way through the inflammatory bowel disease Ulcerative Colitis, as well as exploring the personal shame that casts a shadow over individuals with related illnesses.

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