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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.

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Mindfulness Course

9:00am to 10:00am, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

The course is aimed at those who wish to use Mindfulness as a tool to support their personal health and wellbeing, as well as those who wish to learn new techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Attending the entire course is required to gain the most benefit.
It is part of the event programme for Palace Green Library’s exhibition 'Catch Your Breath'. Fortnightly sessions 9am – 10am in the closed gallery to provide privacy.

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


The London Effect - A Local Authority Reflection on its Origins and Sustainability

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Education, Room ED 134
Research Seminar
A seminar from Sean Hayes, Head of Performance and Data at the The London Borough of Hounslow's Children's and Adults' Services. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Saturday 23 February 2019

A (geophysical) journey to the centre of the Earth

10:30am to 12:00pm, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Saturday morning science
Join Dr Phil Heron, Department of Earth Sciences, for this geophysical journey. We stand on a surface that is moving about as quickly as your fingernails grow. The theory of plate tectonics describes this motion and explains activities like earthquakes and mountain ranges. Over the years, we have been able to illuminate deep below the surface to discover mega structures and complex layering where the impact of plate tectonics is far reaching! We will take a geophysical jounrey to the centre of our dynamic Earth to explore how the planet's slowly moving surface dramatically influences (and can be influenced by) the evolving landscape deep beneath our feet. After the talk, we'll have a super poster session on super-volcanoes and the supercontinent cycle!


Monday 25 February 2019

Catch Your Breath Lunchtime Tour

1:00pm to 1:45pm, Palace Green Library (Dennyson Stoddart Gallery)

Join the Exhibition Team and Life of Breath Project Members on this lunchtime tour around our winter exhibition Catch Your Breath.

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


'Heating the Human Climate'

6:00pm to 7:30pm, CCG083, Chemistry Building.
Centre for Cultural Ecologies Public Lecture
Dr. Sally Weintrobe will speak about the complex psychology underlying our responses to climate change: how do denial and disavowal function, and how do we learn to care?

Contact barry.a.sheils@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 26 February 2019

'Communio Fidelium, Communio Ecclesiarum, Communio Episcoporum: Representation in Synodal Structures'

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture 2019
Prof. Myriam Wijlens will give tis public talk, all welcome. More information and registration are available via www.centreforcatholicstudies.co.uk
Registration deadline: 10am on Tuesday 19 February.

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


Wednesday 27 February 2019

DEI Public Lecture: The Nuclear Element

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

The talk focuses on why nuclear power plays an important role as a power generator in the current energy mix, an overview and update on Hinkley Point C new nuclear build and possible follow up projects at Sizewell, Bradwell, Anglesey (Wylfa) and West Cumbria (Moorside). What is the rest of the world doing with existing Nuclear power generation and future policy and plans.

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


Can We Solve the Migration Crisis?

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

Durham Castle Lecture
Professor Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Join her for this public lecture where she asks can we solve tHe migratin crisis? All are welcome.

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


Thursday 28 February 2019

Small solutions for big problems: Nanoscience contributing to artificial photosynthesis

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov College, Sheraton Park, Durham
IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Professor Jurriaan Huskens (University of Twente) examines the challenges of involved in creasting efficient solar fuel devices. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Adding Smoke to Breath

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Palace Green Library (The Courtyard Cafe)

In thius talk, Dr Andrew Russell, Associate Professor of Anthropology (Durham University) and Co-Investigator on the Life of Breath project, will focus on the history of tobacco smoking and the consequences, acknowledged and unacknowledged, of adding smoke to breath in this way.

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


Friday 1 March 2019

Dismantling Race In Higher Education” (Talk Followed By Ideathon On “Making Durham University More Inclusive

12:00pm to 2:00pm, PCL048 (Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre), Law, Palatine Centre, Durham

Talk and discussion organised by Durham BAME and Durham Sociology Department
In this event, Dr Jason Arday from Roehampton University and Prof Heidi Mirza from University of London, will be discussing topics included in their new book "Dismantling Race in Higher Education"

This will be followed by open discussion and brainstorming of ideas on how to challenge and disrupte racial inequality within higher education and specific actions that we can recommend to be put in place in Durham at 1.00pm. This will be a chance to share ideas on how to move forward the Diversity and Inclusion agenda in DU

Book Tickets Here.

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


Wednesday 6 March 2019

From swamps to smog: exploring historic theories about the effects of air on health

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre) . Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

Dr Danielle Westerhof – Rare Books Librarian, will give this public talk. Air pollution is a major issue nowadays: pollutants and chemical particles are known to cause a range of life-threatening diseases, such as asbestosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For many people the air they breathe is potentially lethal.

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


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.