Lecture series

Lecture series 2017-2018

February 2018: Power to the People: The Birth of the Music Video Industry in Britain 1966 to 1999

This lecture will present an historical analysis of music videos from the pioneering works of The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd in 1966 to the ‘golden era’ of 1999.

February 2018: Neoliberalism, Marketisation and Higher Education 

In this public lecture, Roger Brown will explore the connections between the marketisation of higher education, economic inequality and Neoliberalism. Professor Brown will make the case that universities, if they are to help to reverse some of the detriments of Neoliberalism, need to change their approach radically.

March 2018: Photography Sets the Image Free

In her inaugural lecture, and through a close reading of aspects of Walter Benjamin’s Little History of Photography (1931) Michelle Henning will argue for a different understanding of photography as something that sets images loose.

March 2018: The Art of Listening

Our culture is one that speaks rather than listens. It reduces reality to spectacular revelation and voyeurism. In the age of social media and mobile technologies our attention to the world and each other is increasingly distracted. In this talk Les Back argues that this way of life is having severe and damaging consequences in a world that suffers not from doubt but from fast certainties. 

March 2018: Born in Shame but Became a Dame!

Despite growing up in a Children’s Home, Dame Elizabeth has overcome adversity and is an internationally recognised nurse, activist and scholar. She has successfully campaigned for improved sickle cell services as well as the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue. Dame Elizabeth is currently in great demand to speak about her well-received memoirs ‘Mixed Blessings from a Cambridge Union’.    

May 2018: Sustainable Safe Staffing Numbers in Healthcare: Panacea for Poor Care or Utopia

Professor Kay Mafuba explores the elusive evidence base for sustainable safe staffing levels in learning disability services. He discusses how the development, and utility of the ‘Context of care tool’ in assessing healthcare organisations’ compliance with factors that are essential for the delivery of sustainable, safe and compassionate care in community and hospital settings. 

May 2018: Population Aging in a Globalised World: Risks and Dilemmas?

This talk will focus on global population ageing and will evaluate the likely risks and opportunities of demographic ageing within the context of the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Already this year

December 2017: Crime and Minds: Psychology and the Law

Topics of the evening included: everyday aggression and psychopathy, prisons, eyewitnesses psychology and the police interview process. The evening also included a series of talks that focused on the special case of sexual offences, the criminal behaviour and investigative process of this sensitive crime.

December 2017: From Romans to Victorians: The History Trail of Great Britain's Kitchens and Foodways

This lecture took ​a historical search around Britain exploring the development of kitchen technology and great house architecture from 1350 to 1865.