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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 28 February 2017

Durham International Festival of Enterprise

9:00am to 7:00pm, Durham's Gala Theatre and Town Hall

Durham International Festival of Enterprise is a new 3-day business event aimed at showcasing enterprise and innovation in Durham and the North East of England. It offers an amazing opportunity to gain practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.
The Festival aims to attract like-minded entrepreneurs, owners and managers, bringing them together to engage, collaborate and learn how to develop new and existing businesses.

Contact Vincent Robson for more information about this event.


‘What Difference Does Ordination Make? Solving a Catholic Problem through Receptive Learning from Methodist Tradition’

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, off Palace Green

Prof Paul D. Murray (Durham University) will give this seminar as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series.

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


Ustinov College Cafe Politique presents: Drones, Intelligence and Private Military Companies

7:00pm to 8:35pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Military operations are often conducted from a distance without the deployment of large military forces. Café Politique's first event of 2017 examines this phenomenon, Remote Warfare, and three of its forms: drones, private military and security companies, and intelligence operations.

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


Wednesday 1 March 2017

Durham International Festival of Enterprise

9:00am to 7:00pm, Durham's Gala Theatre and Town Hall

Durham International Festival of Enterprise is a new 3-day business event aimed at showcasing enterprise and innovation in Durham and the North East of England. It offers an amazing opportunity to gain practical advice and inspiration from experts and peers who will share their views, advice and experiences on growing and succeeding in business.
The Festival aims to attract like-minded entrepreneurs, owners and managers, bringing them together to engage, collaborate and learn how to develop new and existing businesses.

Contact Vincent Robson for more information about this event.


Uncovering Policy Legacy: An Ethnographic Account of a Secondary School’s Commitment to Creativity

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education main building

Pauline Moger and Professor Carl Bagley are from the School of Education, Durham University. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


Resilience through Change: The Politics of Indigeneity in Contemporary Bolivia

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College
St Aidan's College Resilience Forum
Peter Baker is currently a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. He will explore the notion of resilience drawing from his research into contemporary political activism among indigenous groups in Bolivia.

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


Saturday 4 March 2017

Aldborough the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum: recent work.

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Elvet Riverside Room 140, New Elvet, Durham City DH1 3JT

Professor Martin Millett, Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, will be presenting recent archaeological research conducted at Roman Aldborough to the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland in this public lecture.

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


Monday 6 March 2017

Atomic to Global Scale: on your knees to manganese

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series.
This lecture is delivered by Dr Karen Johnson, Durham University, and Stephen Livingstone. From playing a critical role in oxygen production and shaping the soil we grow our food in, manganese is a giver of life. And yet how many of you have heard of manganese?

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


Tuesday 7 March 2017

Species Responses to Changing Climates Across Time and Space From 55 million years ago to 2100 CE

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Fisher House, Ustinov College, Durham University

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Climates have changed throughout geological history, providing a series of natural model systems for studying ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, at timescales ranging from decades to many millions of years. In this talk, Professor Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus upon three periods of climate change that are particularly relevant to global change ecology.

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


Extractive Seeing : On the Visual Culture of Oil

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Room 405, Business School

Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) Annual Lecture on Environments and Visual Culture. Professor Janet Stewart, Head of School in Modern Languages and Cultures will deliver this public lecture.

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


Wednesday 8 March 2017

‘Ireland’s Spiritual Empire’

4:40pm to 4:40pm, Ushaw College
Ushaw Lecture
Dr Colin Barr (University of Aberdeen) will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

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


Ushaw Lecture Series: Dr Colin Barr

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Dr Colin Barr (Aberdeen) - Ireland's Spiritual Empire. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm.
All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Monday 6 March 2017.

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Rethinking Japanese 'National Isolation' in the Tokugawa Period

7:30pm to 9:30pm, Lecture Room 009, Elvet Hill House, DH1 3TH
Friends of the Oriental Museum Public Lecture
Dr Rebekah Clements of Durham University, will deliver this lecture, exploring Japanese contact with the outside world during the centuries of the Tokugawa period.

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


Thursday 9 March 2017

LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop

8:00am to 5:00am, The Durham Centre, Durham

The LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop is a two-day program designed to train speech-language pathologists in a voice/speech treatment technique for adults and children with motor speech disorders, with a specialty in Parkinson disease.

Contact dhft.ncore@nhs.net for more information about this event.


Friday 10 March 2017

LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop

8:00am to 5:00am, The Durham Centre, Durham

The LSVT LOUD Training and Certification Workshop is a two-day program designed to train speech-language pathologists in a voice/speech treatment technique for adults and children with motor speech disorders, with a specialty in Parkinson disease.

Contact dhft.ncore@nhs.net for more information about this event.


Monday 13 March 2017

Laboratory Scale: situated practices in the (digital) humanities

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Laboratories have become privileged places of scalar operations. A visual focus on microscopic realities turns into exportable products of information, inscribed, written down, discussed much outside the confines of the laboratory itself.

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


Tuesday 14 March 2017

‘Difficult Thoughts about Divine Glory’

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Dun Cow Cottage, Dun Cow Lane, off Palace Green

Prof Christopher Southgate (Exeter University) will give this seminar as part of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar series.

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


Colonial Iconoclash: Mimetic rivalry, collecting networks in Britain and India

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Lecture Room 009, Elvet Hill House, DH1 3TH

A lecture by Dr Natasha Eaton, Reader in the History of Art at UCL on the collecting 'ethic' of three colonial museums during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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


Wednesday 15 March 2017

School of Education Distinguished Speaker Series

12:00pm to 2:00pm, ED134, School of Education

Vicky Petrie, from the Department for Education, will provide an overview of the big strategic evidence questions to show what the DfE Research Priorities are, and discuss plans for filling the gaps.

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


Thursday 4 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Professor John McCafferty

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Professor John McCafferty (University College Dublin) - 'Squabbling, babbling, feeling': What did Exile do to Early Modern Catholics from Britain & Ireland?

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Beyond Bombs and Bandaids: The Prospects for Peace

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Rosemary Cramp Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

Annual King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue

We are delighted that the guest speaker for our 2016/17 annual lecture will be Harriet Lamb. Harriett Lamb became CEO of International Alert, which, this year celebrates 30 years of peace building.

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


Tuesday 23 May 2017

Ushaw Lecture Series: Stonyhurst College

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham

Joe Reed & Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst) - English Jesuit Drama 1599-1916: From Martyrs to Rum Punch. All are welcome; registration is required. To book a place please email Hannah Thomas on hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk or telephone Jane Lidstone on 0191 334 1656. If you need help with transport to and from Ushaw College, please contact us by 9am on Friday 19 May 2017.

Contact hannah.thomas2@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 12 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


Tuesday 13 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


Wednesday 14 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


Thursday 15 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


9th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

9:00am to 5:00pm, London, UK

Novel research on Genomics and Pharmacogenomics for Global Health.
Genomics-2017 is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Friday 16 June 2017

MediaLit 17

8:30am to 2:00pm, St John's College 3 South Bailey, Durham

CODEC will be holding its eighth MediaLit training course from Monday 12 - Friday 16 June 2017, exploring Christian ministry, communications and the media, with a special emphasis on digital culture.

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


9th International Conference on Genomics & Pharmacogenomics

9:00am to 5:00pm, London, UK

Novel research on Genomics and Pharmacogenomics for Global Health.
Genomics-2017 is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from Universities and Institutes to interact with the world class Scientists.

Contact genomics@conferenceseries.net for more information about this event.


Tuesday 10 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Wednesday 11 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.


Thursday 12 October 2017

12th Global Toxicology and Risk Assessment Meeting

1:40pm to 1:40pm, London, UK

Canvassing New Innovations with the Depictive Version of Toxicology Study

Contact global@toxicologyconferences.org for more information about this event.