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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.

Thursday 22 February 2018

Ushaw Lecture: 'Saving Catholic Grosseteste: Fr Philip Perry's Lost Biography'

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

Dr Jack Cunningham (Bishop Grosseteste University) will give this lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

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


IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Stable, Dynamic and Contextual Units of Personality: an integrated perspective (Professor Robert Wood, University of New South Wales)

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Kingsley Barrett Room, Calman Learning Centre

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture

Stable, Dynamic and Contextual Units of Personality: an integrated perspective - Professor Robert Wood, University of New South Wales.

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


Monday 26 February 2018

WRIHW Early Career Researcher Impact in Research Event

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Collier Room, St Hild and St Bede College, Leazes Road, Durham

The Wolfson ECR Committee are hosting our second ECR event on the 26th February 2018. The ECR Impact in Research Event considers impact in research, the implications this has for contributions to theory, society and the economy and the importance of generating this in our research.

The event welcomes Dr Victoria Money who completed her PhD studies in chemical crystallography under the supervision of Prof. Judith Howard at Durham University in 2004. In her current role as Senior Impact and Engagement Manager in the Research and Innovation Services (RIS), Dr Money provides support for research impact, working with academics across Durham University to support the opportunities for their research to have impact and preparing academics for REF2021.

For detailed information about the event, together with timings and how to register which is essential, please log on to www.dur.ac.uk/wolfson.institute/events/

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


Tuesday 27 February 2018

IAS Fellows' Public Lecture - Where Will the Millenials Take Us? A New Generation Wrestles with the Gender Structure (Professor Barbara Risman, University of Illinois)

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

This lecture offers a framework for understanding what gender means beyond merely a person’s identity. Professor Risman will present her theoretical framework for analyzing gender as a social structure introducing a set of revisions to the original argument. She identifies how gender as a social structure shapes individuals, interactional expectations and the macro level or organizational design and ideology. Material and cultural aspects of the gender structure are also identified and it is shown why it matters to differentiate them. Professor Risman will then use this theoretical perspective to help understand the strategies American Millennials use to negotiate the gender structure. This lecture is free and open to all.

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


Wednesday 28 February 2018

Is the so-called 'Simple View of Reading' (SVR) too simple?

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134
Research Seminar
A seminar from Dr Andrew Davis, Honorary Research Fellow at 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.


The Limits of Psychological Treatments for ADHD

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Department of Psychology, Room L50
Research Seminar
The Centre for Developmental Disorders' Annual Public Lecture will be presented by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke,of Kings College London. The event is jointly hosted by the Department of Psychology and the School of Education.

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


The Limits of Psychological Treatments for ADHD

5:00pm to 6:00pm, Department of Psychology, Room L50.

The Centre for Developmental Disorders' Annual Public Lecture is jointly hosted by the Department of Psychology and the School of Education. The lecture will be given by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke, an eminent Professor of Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience working in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Kings College London.

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


A sense of place? Pilgrimage and the senses, past, present - and future

5:30pm to 8:00pm, Palace Green Library Learning Centre

Durham World Heritage Site 2018 Lecture
In this lecture, Dr Dee Dyas will explore the experience of sacred place in the history of Christian pilgrimage – and ask what the future may hold in terms of helping diverse audiences engage with and enjoy sacred heritage sites.

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


Gannet – A Story of Recovery

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Hogan Lovells Lecture Theatre, Palatine Centre, Durham University, DH1 3LE

After some challenging years which saw pipeline integrity issues and pig transmission difficulties, Gannet Alpha is back in production and proving its worth as one of Shell Expo’s most prolific UK assets.

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


The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - The Uses and Misuses of Universities (Professor Stuart Corbridge, Durham University)

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

Just over 50 years ago, University President Clark Kerr reflected wisely and wryly on the future uses of major research universities like his own, Berkeley. This lecture revisits the major themes of Kerr’s book, The Uses of the University, and ponders the scope for various misuses of the university at a time of extraordinary government intervention in higher education around the world.

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


Monday 5 March 2018

IAS Fellows' 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

Why did Stanley Spencer distort the human figure in those paintings that he deemed to be his most important and best?

What has the viewing public made of Spencer’s distortions and of his vision of a beloved world that he took to be his gift to humanity?

And what does the case of Stanley Spencer and his art reveal of human artistry in general, of an artistic consciousness and of human attempts to communicate experience?

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


Cosmic Architecture: How our universe was built

7:30pm to 9:00pm, Senior Common Room, College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham

Professor Frenk poses fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the formation of galaxies and other structures. You’re cordially invited to join in the current conversation on topics such as the physics of dark matter and the properties of dark energy; a lively Q&A session is guaranteed.

Contact l.j.campbell@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 6 March 2018

Jacobitism and the Conscience of British and Irish Catholicism

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

This is the first in a series of special events marking the 450th anniversary of the English College at Douai. Dr Gabriel Glickman (University of Cambridge) will present this public lecture as part of the Ushaw Lecture Series.

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


Wednesday 7 March 2018

Nubia: What lies beneath

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Lecture Room EH009, Elvet Hill House, DH1 3TH

Lecture by Dr Carl Graves, Deputy Director and Development Manager, Egypt Exploration Society. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2017/18 series.

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


The Future of the University Public Lecture Series - Universities at the Crossroads: Directing Cultural Transformations (Professor N. Kate Hayles, Duke University)

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

Universities are no longer the privileged site of knowledge creation and dissemination. Excellent online tutorials, such as the Kahn Academy, provide high quality open-access instruction in subjects once considered too esoteric to address except in a university classroom, such as calculus, linear algebra, and similar mathematical topics. These developments pose significant challenges to traditional ideas of the university as a cloistered space where students came and learned about subjects they could not access otherwise.

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


Wednesday 14 March 2018

'Unrest' Film screening

5:45pm to 8:30pm, Dept of Psychology, Durham Univesrity, Lower Mountjoy, Stockton Road, Durham

Unrest, an internationally acclaimed, award winning film is being screened across the UK, receiving national media coverage. The message highlights the reality of this illness, changing perceptions and raising awareness.
ME North East are bringing this film to your area. With the support and financial backing from Durham University’s Vice-Chancellor, Stuart Corbridge, who will be hosting this screening at the University.
Unrest gives a powerful voice to an ignored population.


Breath in Fiction and Poetry

6:15pm to 7:45pm, ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3JT

Michael Symmons Roberts will read from his novel, 'Breath' and from his poetry, discuss breathing illness in his family background, and examine how breathing and breath feature in his work.
Part of Arts of Breath, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art.

Contact sarah.mclusky@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.