Free public lectures hosted in and around London.
Kings College:Bush House, Strand Campus, London
Keynote Speaker: Marc Freedman, author of How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations Marc Freedman is President and CEO of Encore.org. Freedman is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel, a frequent commentator in the media, and the author of five books, including “How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations” Freedman co-founded Experience Corps to mobilize people over 50 to improve the prospects of low-income elementary school. He also spearheaded the creation of the Encore Fellowships program and the Purpose Prize. Freedman was named a Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum, was recognized as one of America's leading social entrepreneurs by Fast Company magazine, and has been honoured with the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and serves on the board of many organizations. Freedman holds an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.
Birkbeck:Birkbeck Clore Management Centre, 101
A Foucauldian Interpretation of Modern Law Speaker: Jacopo Martire, (University of Bristol)
Guildhall Library:City of London Police Museum, Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London, EC2V 7HH
Peter Clarke will take you on a tour of the City of London Police Museum, focusing on counter terrorism in the Square Mile.
Goldsmiths:309, Richard Hoggart Building
Professor Hugo Critchley, Professor of Psychiatry at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, will give a Whitehead lecture arguing that the internal state of our bodies influences how we experience ourselves and the external environment.
Goldsmiths:Lecture Theatre , Ben Pimlott Building
Focusing on a Serbian town in which an iconic car plant has been privatized by Italian FIAT, this talk examines Balkan humiliations through Oceanic eyes, and vice versa. Recalling how the factory was managed in the past, the town inhabitants appropriate its privatisation into a local theory of a self-destructive national 'we’: one that threatens its own existence. Scorning Italian management as ‘bigger conmen than we are’, they weave stories of Western Europe as a place of social cohesion and economic longevity, what I call the ‘genealogical West’. I argue that such desires for ‘proper capitalists’ develop not simply out of geoeconomic hegemony, but as internal commentaries. They summon a Western privatiser as a strict, yet necessary external regulator of ‘our own’ mishandling of the common good - in local terms, as more of a ‘domaćin’ (pater familias) than ‘us’. This reveals balkanism as a variation of what Sahlins called ‘humiliation’: a point at which people start to see their way of life as flawed and actively debase it. Putting privatisations in continuity with peasant household and Yugoslav worker-management, humiliation legitimises state-mediated foreign capital. A foreign proprietor becomes a Stranger-Domaćin, one who saves ‘our own’ by becoming the definite proprietorof it. Such cosmoeconomic reform, however, has some specificities in the semi-periphery: a space where boundaries between autochthony and alterity are relative, Stranger-Kings disappoint, and the cargo of market salvation is repeatedly deferred.
SOAS:Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Abstract The 1947 Partition Archive is a non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to institutionalising the people's history of Partition. The Archive is on a mission to ensure that people’s history of South Asia’s Partition is not forgotten. We document and preserve eye-witness accounts from ALL communities affected by the partition of British India.
Goldsmiths:RHB 137, Richard Hoggart Building
Nicci Gerrard is a writer and campaigner, a celebrated novelist -- with her husband as Nicci French -- and recipient of the 2016 Orwell Prize for Journalism. She is also co-founder of John’s Campaign, named after her father, which has campaigned to give carers of those with dementia the same rights as parents of children to accompany them in hospital. Recognised by NHS policy makers, charities, nurses, doctors and carers, almost every hospital in the UK has now signed up to the campaign.
Gresham College:Museum of London
Our gut is permanently full of large numbers of bacteria and other organisms but serious infections relatively rarely occur due to its extraordinary immune system. Infections of these organs can, however, occur in specific situations. Specialised bacteria and parasites can damage the gut or its functions including direct invasion or toxins. The liver can be damaged by hepatitis viruses, parasites and other infections. Common gut bacteria (Gram negative bacteria) which in their normal place inside the gut cause no serious problems occasionally bypass the body's defences and can set up serious infections including septicaemia. Public health including the sanitation movement reduced but has not eliminated transmission of these potentially dangerous infections. This lecture will consider infections that normally live inside our gut, how the body keeps them there and what happens when this fails.No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture
School of Advanced Study:Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Speaker: Jana Barbora Buresova (London) The 'Insiders/Outsiders' Festival in 2019 celebrates the indelible contribution of the artists, photographers, writers, architects, designers, actors, film-makers, dancers and musicians, art historians, dealers, collectors, and publishers who, in fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe in the 1930s and 1940s so greatly enriched this country's culture. The Festival, marking the outbreak of World War II, comprises an array of exhibitions, concerts, performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and other events. At a time when the issue of immigration is much debated, the Festival will serve as a reminder of the importance of cross-fertilization and of the deep, long-lasting and wide-ranging contribution that refugees can - and do - make to British life. Attendance at these lectures is free; online booking recommended. Lecture Programme [pdf] More about the Insiders/Outsiders Festival
Birkbeck:Birkbeck Main Building, MAL B35
Speaker: Professor T. J. Clark, Visiting Professor at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities (Oct 2016 - Sept 2019) and Professor Emeritus of Modern Art at University of California, Berkeley. Chair: Professor Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities)
A panel discussion organized by the Franco-British Data Society. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/franco-british-data-society-19200488133
SOAS:Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
Public lecture by Professor Eugene Rogan, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History, Director, St Antony’s College Middle East Centre, Oxford University. Chair: James Watt, Council for British Research in the Levant
London School of Economics:, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
In his new book, The Art of Statistics, David Spiegelhalter guides us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data, showing us why data can never speak for itself. He explains the basic concepts, from regression to P-values (without using mathematics), and introduces the intellectual ideas that underpin statistics. Drawing on numerous real world examples, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether serial killer Harold Shipman could have been caught earlier, and if the skeleton in the Leicester car park really was Richard III.
London School of Economics:, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Are we all Marxists now? Which of Marx’s ideas remain relevant, which redundant? Join leading scholars to address Marx’s legacy at 201.
Hisham Matar is an American born British-Libyan writer. The Return, his memoir of the search for his father, an opponent and victim of the Gaddafi regime, won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, the Rathbones Folio Prize and the 2017 PEN America Jean Stein Book Award. Educated mostly in Cairo, he later completed the first ever MA Design Futures course at Goldsmiths. His debut novel, In the Country of Men, was shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. His second novel, Anatomy of a Disappearance, was published to wide acclaim in 2011. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Associate Professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, he currently lives and writes in London.
Goldsmiths:WB IGLT, Whitehead Building
The Hermelin Lecture has been established to honour the life and work of the late Professor Beate Hermelin. Professor Hermelin was a pioneer in the experimental study of autism and was regarded by Sir Michael Rutter as “one of the most brilliantly innovative experimental psychologists of the day, as well as one of the most engaging individuals.”
Kings College:Guy’s Campus, London
Join us for the next Lecture in Life Sciences. Professor Andrew Pitsillides, Royal Veterinary College, explores the role of embryo movement in the emergence of skeletal form. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception and private view of King's Museum of Life Sciences. King's staff and students only.
School of Advanced Study:Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Anyssa Neumann, Musicologist Swedish director Ingmar Bergman’s love of classical music deeply informed his life and work. Appearing through- out his many films are the sounds and stories of the Western canon, from austere medieval chant to Mozart’s operas, from Bach’s solo cello suites to Bruckner’s colossal symphonies. Neumann’s lecture explores the appearance, function, and meaning of classical music in Bergman’s work, from his earliest films in the 1940s to his last in 2003. Using audio-visual examples drawn from across his oeuvre, she will discuss how Bergman weaves the classical canon into his soundscapes and narratives, incorporates music into the lives of his characters, and finds artistic inspiration in the works and lives of the Western composers. The lecture will feature musical scenes from a wide selection of Bergman’s films, including Music in Darkness (1948), To Joy (1950), Summer Interlude (1951), Waiting Women (1952), Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1956), Hour of the Wolf (1967), Autumn Sonata (1978), In the Presence of a Clown (1997), and Saraband (2003). All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance.
Goldsmiths:MMB 220 , Margaret McMillan Building
While there is a lot of talk about the relationship between Islam, “Muslim culture(s)” and women’s rights, it is often striking how few of the people speaking are in fact Muslim women themselves. Instead the symbol of the “oppressed Muslim woman” is invoked by a wide array of actors often to justify conservative and decidedly anti-feminist agendas.
Royal Holloway:Windsor Building
London School of Economics:, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Our panel reviews what has been decided and resolved on Brexit, as well as the short- and long-term implications for Britain.
Goldsmiths:LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building
*Please note that this last event of the Visual Cultures Public Programme (Spring 2019 series) begins at 6.30 pm and not at 5 as usual*
Goldsmiths:326, Professor Stuart Hall Building
Decadence studies is a capacious field, but performance remains at its peripheries. Where it does make an entrance, it tends to be the written word – the play text – that draws attention, which raises an intriguing question: As a live art form, what might performance ‘do’ to how we think about and engage with decadence?
London School of Economics:, Old Theatre, Old Building
Was the result of the 2016 EU referendum the last gasp of a view of empire based on nostalgia? And on 29 March 2019, as it officially ceases to become a member of the European Union, will post-Brexit Britain be a nation willing to inhabit the world of the present instead of the past?
Andrea Picazo from Birkbeck's International Office will be attending the Expo Estudiante fair in Bogotá from 2:30 - 7:00 PM on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019. This event will give you the opportunity to meet Birkbeck's International Office and ask any questions about what it is like to study at Birkbeck. You will learn more about entry requirements and application deadlines for our programmes of study.