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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.

Monday 16 January 2017

Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

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


Annual Leslie Brooks Lecture

5:30pm to 6:45pm, ER 142 (Elvet Riverside, Durham University, Durham DH1 3JT)

Annual Leslie Brooks Lecture, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Institute of Advanced Study. Professor Linda Williams (University of California, Berkeley) 'Tales of Sound and Fury' Signifying...Something, or The Elephant of Melodrama.

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


Tuesday 17 January 2017

Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

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


Wednesday 18 January 2017

Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

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


'In the vessel harmoniously combined': Food and Medicine in Medieval Islamic Culture

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill

A talk by Professor Daniel Newman, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series.

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


Thursday 19 January 2017

Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

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


The Annual E.J. Lowe Lecture Series

5:00pm to 7:00pm, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University,

In memory and acknowledgement of E.J. (Jonathan) Lowe's contribution to philosophy, Durham Philosophy Department has introduced a lecture series in his name.

Contact f.o.c.pearson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 20 January 2017

Company by Samuel Beckett

3:00pm to 8:00pm, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral

Both moving and mysterious, Beckett’s Company is the story of a voice that comes ‘to one on his back in the dark.’ In a performance of the text that is at the same time immersive and exploratory, the audience are invited to become the central character in this enigmatic story world.

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


‘Voices, knowledge and ignorance: Reflections on experiences of Company’

12:00pm to 2:00pm, St Chad’s College Chapel

Renowned Beckett scholars and performers have been invited to challenge their knowledge of the author and of the text by attending a performance of Company in the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Durham

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


Saturday 21 January 2017

'Literary Minds' Symposium

1:00pm to 5:00pm, St Chad’s College Chapel

This public symposium explores the minds of writers, readers and characters as participant agents in literary experience. Featuring a lecture by Professor Pat Waugh on Virigina Woolf, followed by a conversation with the acclaimed novelist Pat Barker and a panel discussion led by Professor Linda Anderson (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts).

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


Monday 23 January 2017

Small Scale, Big Change: the social turn in contemporary architecture

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

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Professor Andres Lepik, Technical University Munich will talk about how in recent decades architecture has achieved the public image of an elitist discipline.

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


Tuesday 24 January 2017

Medieval and Modern Exploration of Human Colour Perception

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede, Durham University

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture
Professor Hannah Smithson, University of Oxford will consider if science today learn from thirteenth century literature?

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


On Arts and Artefacts

5:30pm to 7:15pm, Ushaw College, Durham
Ushaw Lecture Series and MLAC Lecture
Dr Carol Richardson (Edinburgh) will deliver this public lecture. Drinks Reception: 5.30pm; Lecture: 6pm–7.15pm

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


Wednesday 25 January 2017

EDF Energy Renewables and the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Durham University

This talk will provide an overview of EDF Energy Renewables activity in the UK, focusing on the development and delivery of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator, an innovative offshore wind project that aims to demonstrate new technologies that could reduce the future cost of offshore wind. The five wind turbine project will use “float and sink” concrete gravity base foundations, a first for the industry in the UK, is currently under construction and will be installed off the coast of Blyth during 2017.

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


Challenging the Modern Regime of Historicity

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

Human Scale: Time on a Human Scale Public Lecture by Francois Hartog, EHESS, Paris, France.

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


Thursday 26 January 2017

Dr Peter Garratt on 'Dickens and Over-hearing'

5:30pm to 8:30pm, Palace Green Library

Dickens's universe is thronged by innumerable well-defined voices, and his fiction carefully renders the acoustics of individual human speech and utterance. But what does Dickens reveal about what it's like to overhear others? In this lecture, Peter Garratt will suggest why overhearing can help us unlock Dickens's writing and creativity.

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


Monday 30 January 2017

Species, Languages and Companies: are they getting worse at what they do?

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

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series

Biological species, human languages and companies or firms all exist in competitive environments where only the fittest survive over the long term. Professor Mark Pagel, FRS, University of Reading, will discuss how similar and unexpected laws of evolution apply at these three very different scales of organization, and how these laws describe a world in which nothing really ever gets better adapted.

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


Tuesday 31 January 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Scaling Matters: patterns by design from patterns of the divine

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College, Durham

Pattern generation in the sciences abound in materials processing, earth sciences, ecology and theoretical biology and even encompass fields well outside of the sciences. In this talk Professor Ranga Narayanan (University of Florida, USA) shall introduce such groups to consider several instances where patterns by design emulate nature’s patterns – the patterns of the divine.

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


Thursday 2 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - How Does Time Since, and Magnitude of, Change Affect Plant Communities in Fragmented Landscapes?

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

This lecture by Professor Sara Cousins, Stockholm University, Sweden discusses how long, sometimes several millennia, of low intensive grassland management has created some of the highest patch-scale plant diversity today, e.g. semi-natural grasslands. Thus current patterns of species diversity can be seen as a reflection of past cumulative landscape management that sometimes no longer exists.

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


Monday 6 February 2017

Towards a Political Theory of Terrain

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

The Scale of Things Public Lecture Series
Professor Stuart Elden FBA, University of Warwick, discusses how terrain is an important concept in both physical and military geography. However the term is often used in a relatively unproblematic way to describe the forms and textures that define particular spaces.

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


Tuesday 7 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Small States, Healthy Nations: on the political economy of Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Senate Suite, University College, Durham University

Small and culturally homogeneous states feature prominently in indices of competitiveness within the world political economy. The lecture suggests that this is not an accident: the vulnerabilities which small nation-states face has led them to become stronger because both scale and cohesion encourage flexibility and resilience. An examination of the ways in which Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland managed the financial crisis that began in 2008 supports this view, not least when pointing to differences between the three cases. This lecture by Professor John Hall, McGill University, USA is free and open to all.

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


Thursday 9 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Public Intellectuals, Grassroots Movements and the Politics of Scale

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University

In her long-term work on social movements, both with respect to urban displacement and global health, Professor Ida Susser (Hunter College, USA) has explored the relationship between public intellectuals, grassroots movements and political change. This lecture is free and open to all. For further details please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=30413

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


Thursday 16 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Measurement Problems in Ancient Greece - Time and Speed

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Leech Hall, St Johns College

We usually assume that we can measure all happenings with the same temporal units (seconds, hours, etc.) and can put them in the same calendar. And we take it for granted that we can also measure the speed of processes. From the perspective of the ancient Greeks, however, both points are inconceivable. In this lecture Dr Barbara Sattler (University of St Andrews, UK) will talk about some of the reasons why such a unified account of measurement is unknown in ancient Greece and some of its philosophical consequences. This lecture is free and open to all. For further details please visit: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/events/events_listings/?eventno=30420

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


Tanya Luhrmann on 'The Voice of God'

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Palace Green Library

Professor Tanya Luhrmann (Stanford University) on 'The Voice of God'
God is in some ways the ultimate uncertainty, since God has no material trace which gives certain evidence of presence.

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


Monday 20 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - The Third Mode of Life: information transfer in networked organisms

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Joachim Room, College of St Hild and Bede, Durham University

Professor Mark Fricker, University of Oxford will present this lecture. Fungi form extensive interconnected mycelial networks that scavenge efficiently for scarce and ephemeral resources in a patchy environment, in the face of aggressive competition from other fungi and predation by soil micro-fauna. Exploration, repair and combat require internal transport of nutrients from spatially disparate sources to these rapidly altering sinks. Thus, the network architecture and internal flows continuously adapt to local nutritional cues, damage or predation, through growth, branching, fusion or regression. As these organisms do not have any centralized control system, we infer their relatively sophisticated behavior has to emerge from parallel implementation of many local decisions that collectively manage to solve this complex, dynamic combinatorial optimization problem.

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


Tuesday 21 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Giant Ears and 'anatomical dolls': theoretical, practical and cultural challenges of scale in the history of anatomical models

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College, Durham University

Dr Anna Maerker, King's College, London will present this lecture. Three-dimensional models at different scales are central to learning about the body today, from miniaturized dolls which show the location of large organs to giant ears explaining the mechanism of hearing, and life-sized plastic torsos designed to teach CPR.

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


Thursday 23 February 2017

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - On the Animated GIF

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University

A GIF (Graphic Interchange Format) is a string of computer code with particular characteristics, although in everyday usage the term describes looped animations, often sampled from a commercial source, formatted to play on a variety of digital platforms. Considered solely as animations, GIFs are fairly rudimentary. Many exist simply to catch your attention, like spinning disks revolving in the wind outside a shop. This lecture is presented by Professor Anna McCarthy, New York University

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


Monday 27 February 2017

Scales of research, social anthropology meets epidemiology

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 Professor William Sax, Heidelberg University, Germany.
It seems that social anthropology with its methodology of ethnographic participant-observation, and epidemiology with its focus on statistical methods, work at very different scales. Ethnographers usually conduct their research at the micro-scale of the tribe, village, family or even the single person, while epidemiologists prefer large-scale studies of "populations": the bigger the better.

Contact enquiries.ias@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.


Wednesday 8 March 2017

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.


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.


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.


Thursday 15 June 2017

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

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.