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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 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


A Language Encounter

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

Join us for a Language Encounter. An evening for native and non-native speakers of ARABIC, CHINESE, RUSSIAN, SPANISH, JAPANESE, FRENCH, GERMAN and ITALIAN.

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


Wednesday 24 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Raising Lazurus or raising Cain? The vocation of the Church in contemporary Britain

6:15pm to 7:30pm, Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral.

Hensley Henson Public Lecture on the Church in Politics
Rev. Lucy Winkett, rector of St James's Church, Piccadilly, and a regular contributor to the 'Thought for the Day' slot on the Today programme (Radio 4). will deliver this lecture commemorating one of the most outspoken bishops in the modern Church of England, Herbert Hensley Henson.

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


A conversation with Lionel Shriver

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Great Hall, Durham Castle, University College
Durham Castle Lecture Series Join us for a conversation between Lionel Shriver and Dr Eva-Maria Nag, editor of Global Policy. An exploration of Lionel's work and career, this event will also give the opportunity for the audience to pose questions to the well-known novelist.

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


Thursday 25 October 2018

Celebrate Science 2018

10:00am to 4:00pm, Celebrate Science Marquee, Palace Green

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October
The FREE, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term!
Now in its 9th year, Celebrate Science will once again bring science to life, with amazing activities and exciting experiments showing younger children how science shapes their world.
Visit the Celebrate Science Webpages for details of all the exciting events and activities taking place!


Boundaries and Beyond – Expanding the World Heritage Site

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Room PG21, Pemberton Building, Palace Green

In this fascinating lecture Michael Hurlow will be providing a review of progress on expanding the World Heritage Site boundaries and how this might be achieved. He will also offer some insights into how the project has evolved and some personal reflections on the process.

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


Sunday 28 October 2018

Extinction Elegies: An Evening of Poetry, Music and Ecology

6:30pm to 8:00pm, Hatfield College Chapel

A free public evening of creative and critical writings considering the sixth great extinction, with Graham Huggan, Alice Tarbuck, Veronica Fisiban, John Kinsella, and music by Luke Carver Goss.
This is a free events, all welcome.

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


Monday 29 October 2018

A future with no secrets?

7:30pm to 8:30pm, Senior Common Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

Local author Miles Hudson talks about and launches his new book, 2089, which projects our current world of social media into a future in which there are no longer any secrets.

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


Tuesday 30 October 2018

Boxing: Aesthetics, Semiology and Visual Culture

6:15pm to 7:15pm, ED101, School of Education, Durham University
Professor David Scott (Trinity College Dublin)
This lecture investigates the dynamics of fist and the space of boxing ring as aesthetic paradigms in the modern period, focusing on early C20 art, especially the Futurist theorization of absolute and relative motion: two types of dynamism.

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


Wednesday 31 October 2018

Transcultural Learning: Re-Visioning Relationships in Teaching and Learning in Adult and Higher Education

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education, Drrham Univesrity

A seminar from Dr. Karen M. Magro from The University of Winnipeg. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Schizophrenia, Criminality, and the Neo-Baroque

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Venue TBC

Join the Department of English Studies for the next Inventions of the Text seminar, where Jeremy Tambling will roam across Dickens, Joyce and Latin-American literature in a quest for the 'neo-Baroque'.

Contact jake.r.phipps@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Body Practice on the Inside

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sports Hall, Josephine Butler College

Dr Tamara Kohn (University of Melbourne)
This talk draws from extensive personal correspondences with individual male African American long-term prisoners on Death Row and Life without Parole in the US to present ‘inside views’ on how personal growth is possible in an institution of omnipresent human decay.

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


Tuesday 6 November 2018

Air Quality Measurement for Everyone: Sensors, systems and networks that democratize air quality measurement

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College

Professor David Williams (University of Auckland)
You can’t see, taste, touch or feel it but what’s in the air you breathe can profoundly affect your life.

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


Wednesday 7 November 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Saturday 10 November 2018

Let's make education fairer

11:00am to 2:00pm, Durham City Marriott Hotel

Come along to this event and learn about the findings of three new research studies that suggest ways to improve the outcomes for disadvantaged students at school and beyond, and increase the supply of high-quality teachers to areas of high demand.

Contact s.a.c.gorard@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 13 November 2018

'Rethinking Commensality: The sensory politics of eating together in contemporary times

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Dining Hall, St Cuthbert's Society, 12 South Bailey

St Cuthbert's Society IAS Fellows' Lecture
In this talk, Professor David Sutton will explore the venerable topic of commensality, or eating at shared table, and suggests that it needs a reconsideration. This publis lecture is free and open to all.

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


Wednesday 14 November 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Enprynted by me Will[ia]m Caxton’: Marketing manuscripts after print

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Venue TBC

After the advent of print, the role of the scribe was at risk of becoming obsolete. This Inventions of the Text seminar with Dr Aditi Nafde (Newcastle University) will show how scribes sought to emulate print practices as a way to keep their craft alive.

Contact jake.r.phipps@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 15 November 2018

Principles of conservative evolution or the boundaries of our freedom

5:30pm to 5:30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College

Professor Boris Snopok (Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
In this lecture, Professor Snopok considers one of the most general models of the evolution of complex systems having simple analytic form, expressed in a stretched exponential function.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Friday 16 November 2018

Islamophobia and the Struggle for Recognition.

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Elvet Riverside, Room 201
St Cuthbert's Society Annual Fellows' Lecture
Professor Tariq Modood makes a multiculturalist plea for studying Islamophobia (and groups negatively perceived from the outside, generally) within a normative framework which priorities groups fighting outsider perceptions by boosting insider identifications (‘the struggle for recognition’

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


Wednesday 21 November 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Thursday 22 November 2018

Everest: Climbers’ Challenge or Commercial Venture?

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College

Professor Peter H. Hansen, (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
This presentation examines the integral role that commercialization has played throughout the history of Chomolungma/Everest to highlight distinctive features in these more recent debates.
This lecture is free and open to all

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


Wednesday 28 November 2018

Transforming Higher Education in the Post-Communist World

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134

A seminar from Professor Josef Jarab of Palacký University, ‎Czech Republic. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Saturday 1 December 2018

The Art of Japanese Urushi Lacquer

1:00pm to 4:00pm, Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Join us for this creative workshop led by artist / maker Suzanne Ross.
The sap of the urushi tree has been used by Japanese craftspeople for over 9000 years. This beautiful and versatile material forms the basis of Japanese lacquerware.

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


Wednesday 5 December 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Thursday 6 December 2018

What is statistical learning and how does it relate to language acquisition in typically developing children and those with developmental disabilities?

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sheraton Park, Ustinov College

Dr Joanne Arciuli (The University of Sydney) will discuss these issues and conclude with recommendations for how we might progress research in this area, one that is of great interest to researchers, clinicians, and educators who work with language learners.
This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Monday 10 December 2018

The Strange and Prophetic Observations of Hootum the Owl : colonial modernity and the making of the post modern novel in India

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sports Hall, Josephine Butler College
IAS Public Lecture Professor Sambudha Sen (Shiv Nadar University)argues that in the very process of drawing on the politics culture and language of England, Hootum showed the limitations of “realism” – the literary form thought in England and

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


Wednesday 12 December 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 19 December 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 26 December 2018

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 2 January 2019

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 9 January 2019

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 16 January 2019

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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


Wednesday 23 January 2019

Inkapture Creative Writing Course 2018/19

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

An introduction to creative writing taught by Durham-based author Dr Fadia Faqir. It explores techniques for sparking the imagination and tapping inner creativity as well as developing skills and improving style.
The fifteen 2-hour weekly workshops, running over two terms, concentrate on fiction, the novel and short story, and are intended for people who have an active interest in contemporary writing and are keen on developing their writing skills.

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