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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 24 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

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

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in its 8th 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!


Composers of Architecture: Walpole and Beckford

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141
Tercentenary Lectures: Horace Walpole and His Legacies
Horace Walpole and William Beckford were two highly original architects and writers. Wander through the built world of the eighteenth century at this free public lecture, part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk for information re the listing for more information about this event.


Wednesday 25 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

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

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in its 8th 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!


Investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear – a scientific approach

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Museum of Archaeology, Palace Green Library

As part of our Dig Deeper talks, underwater archaeologist Gary Bankhead will talk about investigating the small finds from Durham’s River Wear.

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


Positive Psychology in the Educational context: A focus on emotions

1:00pm to 2:00pm, School of Education, ED 134

Dr Stephanie Lichtenfeld from the School of Education will deliver this seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


St John's College Annual Borderlands Lecture “What’s done cannot be undone” (Macbeth V. ii. 74)

6:15pm, Lecture Room ER201, Elvet Riverside

This lecture will be given by the Hon. Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE.
Bobbie Cheema-Grubb was born in Derby in 1966 and brought up in Yorkshire. After state school followed by a law degree at King’s College, London, Dame Bobbie was called to the Bar in 1989.

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


Thursday 26 October 2017

Celebrate Science 2017

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

Tuesday 24 - Thursday 26 October
The free, family-friendly science festival returns this October half term.
Now in its 8th 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!


Durham Castle Lecture - Prof. Hugh Pennington

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

'Have Bacteria Won?'
For every question about a complex issue there is a simple answer, and it is wrong. So the answer is No... but.
We are living ever longer. Pension funds are in crisis. Old age diseases like Alzheimer's are getting ever commoner. Why?

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


Saturday 28 October 2017

Challenging Stereotypes - Building an Inclusive Church (Panel event with workshops)

3:30pm to 5:30pm, Elvet Methodist Church, 8 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL

Join Durham Joint Anglican and Methodist Society for an early-evening panel event discussing how we can make our faith communities more inclusive and representative of the most underrepresented groups in our society.

Contact rpph85@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Sunday 29 October 2017

Seeing the Invisible: Dark Matter

2:15pm to 4:00pm, Holgate House, Grey College

The Universe contains vast amounts of a new type of matter, dark matter, which we cannot "see". To detect this "invisible matter" is, at present, the outstanding challenge for fundamental Physics. However, no knowledge of Physics is required to appreciate the talk by David Cerdeno, who is an expert in this important research field.
All are welcome at this free public talk. No need to book.

Contact secretary@greyscr.co.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 October 2017

Creativity and Collaboration: The Case of The Mysterious Mother

6:15pm to 6:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141
Tercentenary Lectures: Horace Walpole and His Legacies
With its themes of incest and horror, Horace Walpole's gothic drama was certainly compelling. Explore more in this free public lecture from our Walpole and His Legacies series. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk for information re the listing for more information about this event.


Wednesday 1 November 2017

Light and Colour in Life and Art

6:00pm to 7:30pm, Elvet Riverside 201
St Cuthbert's Society's Annual Fellows' Lecture Professor Anya Hurlbert from the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, will deliver this public lecture. Light shapes human behaviour, giving rise to conscious perception and unconscious biological rhythms. We both see and feel variations in light, constructing colours in our minds from the light reflected by objects, and adapting our moods to changes in the environmental illumination. Why are strawberries red even when they reflect blue light? What does it mean to see red? Does blue light make us more alert? Why do different people see colours differently? Was Monet unusually “colour-inconstant”?

Contact r.w.banks@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


The Teabowl: East & West

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, Durham, DH1 3TH
Friends of the Oriental Museum public lecture series.
Lecture by Dr Bonnie Kemske. Noted for its sophistication, simplicity, and the reverence in which it is held around the world, the teabowl has become an iconic form in contemporary ceramics.

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


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Walpole, Catholicism, and the Visual Arts

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141
Tercentenary Lectures: Horace Walpole and His Legacies
Discover how Horace Walpole brought Catholic culture back into fashion in Britain, in this public lecture. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk for information re the listing for more information about this event.


Wednesday 8 November 2017

11th Annual History of the Book Public Lecture

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Palace Green Library

Public lecture by Professor Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews University).
Throughout the history of printing, questions of design have been crucial to the development of the book industry. This is especially the case with the development of the title-page, the most crucial design feature for which there was no obvious model inherited from the manuscript book world.

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


Tuesday 14 November 2017

Greenth

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141

The word 'greenth' sounds like an oddity, but this lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series will show how it unlocks key ideas about the politics and attitudes of the eighteenth century and our own time. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

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


Friday 17 November 2017

Lumiere Durham Conference 2017: Who are we and where are we headed?

9:00am to 4:30pm, Gala Theatre, Durham

Lumiere, the UK’s largest light festival will return to Durham from the 16th – 19th November 2017 with a spectacular programme of light installations illuminating the city. This one-day conference, exploring the question Who are we and where are we headed? will take place during the festival.


Monday 20 November 2017

- Capitalism, Class Inequity, and Education Justice in the Nordic countries: The myth of the Nordic model (Professor Dennis Beach, University of Gothenburg)

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

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture
Based on a series of recent meta-ethnographic publications this presentation will address the concept of the Nordic educational model and claims from and about it concerning issues of education justice, class parity and equity. It will develop arguments about these systems as being far from just and equitous historically, and as worsening in these respects following a turn toward market politics in recent decades. Three main conclusions from the research will be discussed

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


Tuesday 21 November 2017

Walpole, Burney, and the Tragedy of Incest

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141
Tercentenary Lectures: Horace Walpole and His Legacies
Find out how Horace Walpole's 'truly dreadful' drama inspired the work of the later writer, Frances Burney, at this free public lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk for information re the listing for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 November 2017

The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The University and the Role of Distance Learning - Tackling Sector Diversity (Peter Horrocks CBE, Open University)

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

When picturing a University student, the first thing that comes to mind is an 18 year old, moving from full time secondary to full time higher education and often leaving home for the first time. But what about those students who don’t fit this picture; those studying part time, or remotely, or both? What about students whose age, caring responsibilities, health, or work commitments mean the “standard” HE experience just isn’t on the cards?

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


Tuesday 28 November 2017

Walpole, Vampires, and the Undead

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141

Venture into the origins of vampire novels in this lecture from our series on Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies

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


Tuesday 5 December 2017

Walpole’s Dimunitions

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141

Despite being an important figure in his own time, Horace Walpole suffered put-downs from later writers and thinkers. Why? Find out at this free public lecture from our series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact stina.maynard@durham.ac.uk for information re the listing for more information about this event.


Tuesday 12 December 2017

Monstrum: Walpole and Genre

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141

A free public lecture, as part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies: Tercentenary Lectures.

Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

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


Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Future of Scientific Research in U.K. Universities

8:00pm to 9:00pm, Great Hall, University College

Professor Peter Coveney, University College, London. Over the past fifteen years, we have witnessed a series of events which have collectively served to transform the environment in which scientific research is conducted in U.K. universities.

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


Monday 5 March 2018

IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Distortion in Human Creativity and Distortion in Human Communication: the art of Stanley Spencer as case-study (Professor Nigel Rapport, University of St Andrews)

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

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) is one of Britain’s foremost artists, arguably its most original and idiosyncratic. Devoted to his native village of Cookam, on the Thames, Spencer painted not only landscapes and portraits with loving detail but also the ‘memory-feelings’ which he felt were a ‘sacred’ part of his consciousness and by which he came to walk with God. If he could but convey the vision of heaven-on-earth that he himself was vouchsafed when he saw the world through the lens of love, there would be a global revolution in behaviour, mores and science, Spencer was convinced: he was ‘a new kind of Adam’.
In this talk Professor Rapport introduce Spencer and his artistic vision, and examines how his attempts to communicate this vision were received by his contemporaries.

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


Monday 21 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

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


Tuesday 22 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

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


Wednesday 23 May 2018

10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology

9:00am to 6:00pm, Barcelona, Spain

We have the pleasure of announcing the 10th International Conference on Genomics & Molecular Biology. Held in Barcelona, Spain.
Genomics 2018 will provide a perfect platform to all the Scientists, Researchers, Students and Business Delegates to deliver the latest scientific advancements in the respective sphere.

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