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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 2 May 2017

In Conversation with Ustinov College Cafe Scientifique & Cafe Politique - Privacy Under Surveillance

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Science and politics collide in this joint event on 2 May. Join us for a conversation with Eva Blum Dumontet from Privacy International, London, and Professor Michael Blakemore, Durham Business School about citizenship and security. What does privacy and surveillance look like within the UK and Internationally?

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


Wednesday 3 May 2017

Education, Conversation and New Learning Technologies

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

Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario will lead the research seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend, and booking is not required.

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


Ustinov College Seminar presents The 'Bottom Billion': Wealth Inequality & Social Mobility

6:00pm to 8:00pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Do you know the bottom half of the global population own less than 1% of total wealth and in sharp contrast the top percentile alone account for 50% of global assets? Wealth inequality and less flexible social mobility have become the major impeditive factors to global economic and social development.

Contact ustinov.seminar@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.


Cafe Scientifique: Critical thinking, the media and policy decision making in a post-factual world

6:30pm to 8:30pm, Ustinov College, Fisher House, South Road, Durham DH1 3DE

Dr Graham Smith is the lead scientist for the National Wildlife Management Centre, part of DEFRA, a co-organiser of York sceptics in the pub and lectures on critical thinking and policy decision making. This talk will question our critical thinking abilities, look at how we can assess modern media output, and how government policy decision making is actually performed.

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


Monday 8 May 2017

The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation

5:30pm to 7:15pm, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Chaplaincy, St Cuthbert's Catholic Church, Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3HL

Prof Gerard Kelly (Catholic Institute of Sydney) 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.


Wednesday 10 May 2017

Practice, Sensibility and Moral Education

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

Professor David Bakhurst from Queen's University, Ontario, will lead the research seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

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


What Aristotle Doesn’t Know about the Common Good ...

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Seminar Room B, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham

Dr Patrick Riordan (Heythrop College) will give this talk as part of the Centre for Catholic Studies’ series of Engagements with Catholic Social Thought and Practice. These termly events focus on questions of social, political and economic justice.

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


'An Army of Workers': The story of Chinese Labour in World War One France

7:30pm to 9:15pm, Lecture Room EH103, adjacent to the Oriental Museum.

Lecture by Professor Paul Bailey of 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.


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 25 May 2017

CHESS Seminar Series 2016/17: John Douard and William Hebenton

10:00am to 12:30pm, Senate Suite, University College

We will examine certain situational and evidentiary factors of criminal police interviews and trial testimony with their pressures to speak.

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


Tuesday 30 May 2017

Historicising anti-slavery – Decolonising anti-trafficking?

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Geography Department, Room 414

Over the last two decades, anti-trafficking – often described as an effort to combat ‘modern day slavery’ – has become ubiquitous. Questions have been raised about whether the significant resources dedicated to this issue have achieved any results, or whether these results have done more harm than good. These critiques remain salient as Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals proposes to ‘eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.’ Building on these critiques, the seminar responds to facile framings of contemporary ‘abolitionism’ as echoing earlier crusades against Trans-Atlantic slavery. Critical reflections on the geographical and historical dimensions of anti-slavery and anti-trafficking will be offered. We ask: is it possible to decolonise anti-trafficking?

Contact siobhan.mcgrath@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.


Thursday 20 July 2017

3rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology

9:00am to 6:00am, Munich, Germany

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the 3 rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology which is going to be held during July 20-21,2017, at Munich,Germany. Theme:"Meeting the Needs of a Changing World" which reflects the innovative progress in Synthetic Biology research.

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


Friday 21 July 2017

3rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology

9:00am to 6:00am, Munich, Germany

It takes us immense pleasure to announce the 3 rd International Conference on Systems and Synthetic Biology which is going to be held during July 20-21,2017, at Munich,Germany. Theme:"Meeting the Needs of a Changing World" which reflects the innovative progress in Synthetic Biology research.

Contact syntheticbiology@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.