Gresham College Lectures

Gresham College Lectures

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Free lectures by the leading academics and thinkers.

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  • Gardens of Empire: The Role of Kew and Colonial Botanic Gardens
    Gardens of Empire: The Role of Kew and Colonial Botanic Gardens
    Duración: 50min | 04/12/2019

    Sydney’s botanic garden, founded in the early nineteenth century, was expected to ship new plants 'home' to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, from where they could be transplanted to other colonial gardens, to see if they could become valuable new crops to enrich the British Empire. Such plans had varying degrees of success, leaving botanists to question why specific plants would only grow in particular places. This lecture looks at how Kew addressed such questions, and the tensions between its role in the advancement of science, and as a public park. A lecture by Jim Endersby, Visiting Professor of the History of Science 2 December The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/gardens-of-empire Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There ar

  • Widening the Debate
    Widening the Debate
    Duración: 58min | 02/12/2019

    A Gresham lecture that Delahunty gave in November 2017 was one of the first public identifications of the exodus of experienced women from the self-employed Bar - and gave a call for action. That loss affects the number of women who take Silk and that, in turn, drains the pool from which judges are largely drawn. In 2018 the Bar Council and Specialist Bar Associations acknowledged the issue and a “Retention of Women at the Bar’ survey was launched. It’s time to look at the results and test how the legal profession has responded to the challenge. A lecture by Jo Delahunty QC, Gresham Professor of Law 28 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/100-years-women-in-law Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently ove

  • Physics and its birth in Greek Ionia
    Physics and its birth in Greek Ionia
    Duración: 48min | 29/11/2019

    The study of the natural and physical world from a scientific viewpoint began in Greek cities on the western coast of Turkey around Miletus in about 600 BCE. The first scientists were known as physiologoi, or men who discoursed about nature (physis). Each tried to put his various observations together in a way that constituted a coherent, unified model. This lecture discusses the pioneering physical theories of Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Anaxagoras and Democritus. A lecture by Edith Hall, Visiting Professor of Classics 28 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/birth-of-physics Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www

  • Taming the Trolls of Social Media
    Taming the Trolls of Social Media
    Duración: 54min | 27/11/2019

    Barely a day goes by without some lunatic assertion on social media. Thinking-people shake their heads, but what can be done about this? It turns out that there are a variety of scientific and engineering approaches which might be adapted to tame the trolls of social media. In this lecture we will review the tricky alliance between social media, email and the government, and we will present options for the future in which, possibly, the benefits of social media might been to outweigh the negatives. A lecture by Richard Harvey, IT Livery Company Professor of IT 26 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/taming-the-trolls Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download

  • George Eliot and Relationships
    George Eliot and Relationships
    Duración: 47min | 26/11/2019

    Mary Ann Evans experienced difficult relationships with her family while growing up in Warwickshire, and with nineteenth-century London society more generally after she moved to the city and lived with a married man, George Henry Lewes. Her seeking of independence in London as a writer (with her later emergence as 'George Eliot'), her experience of rejection, and the widening of her intellectual and cultural life, will be discussed, interwoven with analysis of the deep understanding of relationships in her novels characterised by authorial sympathy and humour. A lecture by Rosemary Ashton, University College London 25 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/eliot-relationships Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are

  • A History of the Eye
    A History of the Eye
    Duración: 38min | 25/11/2019

    From ancient times to popular self-help books today, eyes have been viewed as 'windows to the soul'. The interpretation of eye shape and colour have been used to distinguish between different degrees of 'civilization' (scientific racism), to identify personality traits, and to detect terrorists (recent research carried out by the CIA and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration). In some Asian societies, double eyelid surgery is popular. This lecture explores the politics of scientific theories about eyes. A lecture by Joanna Bourke, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric 21 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/history-of-the-eye Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or

  • How the English learned to hate Catholics
    How the English learned to hate Catholics
    Duración: 49min | 21/11/2019

    Medieval England was proudly Catholic and ostentatiously loyal to Rome. But from the late sixteenth century until recent times – and even now – anti-Catholic prejudice has been a cornerstone of English and British identity. This lecture will look at how this prejudice grew out of the persecution of Protestants in the 1550s, at the idealistic historian who crystallised it, and at the political crises, real and invented, which turned his text into a paranoiacs’ charter. A lecture by Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 20 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/how-the-english-learned-to-hate-catholics Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website

  • The End of Matter?
    The End of Matter?
    Duración: 55min | 21/11/2019

    Black holes give rise to some of the most spectacular phenomena we see in the cosmos. They significantly distort space-time and they grow by stealing material from other stars. This talk will separate science fiction from science fact and elucidate what we know about these mysterious objects, and how they have shaped, and continue to shape, our Universe. A lecture by Katherine Blundell, Gresham Professor of Astronomy 20 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/end-of-matter Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Ins

  • How to Avert a Climate Catastrophe
    How to Avert a Climate Catastrophe
    Duración: 01h02min | 20/11/2019

    After the UN Climate Action Summit in September, our Environment Professor will be talking to three experts about whether we still have a meaningful chance of averting a climate catastrophe, and how we can get there. The Extinction Rebellion protests pushed climate up the news agenda early in 2019, but what has happened since then, and what is happening globally? Professor Vicky Pope will discuss the challenges of climate modelling and reduction of emissions; Dr Damien Short will talk about why we need to legislate against Ecocide; and Professor Geoffrey Beattie will discuss the psychology that stops us from taking action. A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade, Dr Damien Short, Vicky Pope and Professor Geoffrey Beattie 30 September The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/avert-climate-catastrophe Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all o

  • Keyhole Surgery Pioneers
    Keyhole Surgery Pioneers
    Duración: 49min | 14/11/2019

    This lecture examines how minimal access (‘keyhole’) surgery has revolutionised medicine in just a few decades. By re-assembling teams of long-retired surgical pioneers from the 1980s and inviting them to re-enact early procedures using realistic simulation it will document the ups and downs of an extraordinary decade. Using video footage and interviews, Professor Kneebone will show how surgeons, radiologists, nurses and instrument manufacturers developed completely new ways of working. Their successes, their failures and their challenges continue to resonate today. A lecture by Roger Kneebone, Visiting Professor of Medical Education 13 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/keyhole-surgery-pioneers Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from

  • Unlocking the Health Benefits of Nature
    Unlocking the Health Benefits of Nature
    Duración: 52min | 13/11/2019

    Nature’s benefits to human health are so well-attested, that the medical profession is now actively engaged in fighting for a clean, healthy environment as a human right and prescribing it as treatment across the world from Shetland to Japan. So how does being close to nature improve your health and well-being and how can this help us achieve UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 to 'ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages'? https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/health/ A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade, Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment 12 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/reconnecting-with-nature Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures f

  • Maths and Voting
    Maths and Voting
    Duración: 58min | 13/11/2019

    We live in a democracy in which we all have a chance to vote. But does voting mean that the views of the majority are truly represented when it can be shown (mathematically) that all voting systems have flaws? In this talk we use mathematics to look at these flaws and answer associated questions (eg. voting trends and gerrymandering). For a bit of light relief we will see how the same principles work in the Eurovision Song Contest. A lecture by Chris Budd OBE, Gresham Professor of Geometry 12 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/maths-and-voting Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twit

  • Powell and Pressburger: The Matter of Britain
    Powell and Pressburger: The Matter of Britain
    Duración: 52min | 12/11/2019

    World War Two set British filmmakers a challenge: to be relevant and entertaining and to inspire without patronising. Powell and Pressburger brought wit and imagination to their task, questioning what Britain stood for, warts and all. Notoriously, Churchill hated The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. But many ordinary cinema-goers were grateful for The Archers’ poetic patriotism, in this as well as in A Matter of Life and Death. Britishness redefined in the stress of war is the theme of this lecture. A lecture by Ian Christie, Visiting Professor of Film and Media History 11 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/matter-of-britain Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or dow

  • The Origins of the Elements
    The Origins of the Elements
    Duración: 48min | 11/11/2019

    In this talk, coinciding with the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table, Dr Wilkins will discuss the astrophysical origins of the chemical elements, almost all of which have an origin ranging from the big bang, to exploding white dwarfs, the collapse of massive stars, and the merger of ultra-compact objects, neutron stars. This final mechanism is responsible for many of the heaviest and rarest elements including gold, silver, and uranium, and was only recently confirmed through observations of a merger event first identified using gravitational waves. A lecture by Stephen Wilkins, University of Sussex 7 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/periodic-table-150 Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are curren

  • Charles I: The Court at War
    Charles I: The Court at War
    Duración: 54min | 07/11/2019

    During the Civil War Charles I’s court, denied access to its usual country residences, was forced to set itself up in a series of makeshift locations. The most important of these was Oxford which Charles converted into a large and well-organised courtly campus. Oxford, and a series of other temporary ‘palaces’, had to be both elegant court centres and efficient military headquarters; these very unusual royal houses cast new light on the key protagonists in England’s Civil War. A lecture by Simon Thurley, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment 6 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-court-at-war Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website

  • Dams, Radiators and The Shard - The Legacy of English Gardening
    Dams, Radiators and The Shard - The Legacy of English Gardening
    Duración: 46min | 07/11/2019

    BOOK LAUNCH This lecture describes three ways in which technology developed for gardens changed the shape of England and its built environment. Gardening innovations in water engineering (17th and 18th century artificial lakes), central heating for greenhouses, and glass in construction went on to have a significant impact on our lives and environment. Roderick Floud's An Economic History of the English Garden will be launched at this event. A lecture by Roderick Floud, Former Provost of Gresham College 5 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/english-gardening Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitt

  • AI Weapons, War and Ethics
    AI Weapons, War and Ethics
    Duración: 46min | 07/11/2019

    This lecture will explore fully autonomous weapons, the products of AI technology, and the arguments for and against their use. It will then look at the more complex issues of the ethical role of the state in the protection of its population, and the ethical choices of individuals versus those of corporations, whose role in large-scale military-industrial complexes is crucial. The lecture will also mention the emergence of a form of psychopathology in some weapons producers. A lecture by Yorick Wilks, Visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence 5 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ai-weapons Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Web

  • Weighing the Universe
    Weighing the Universe
    Duración: 40min | 07/11/2019

    The cosmic microwave background is the luminous echo of the primordial explosion, the Big Bang — literally the oldest light in the Universe. Exquisitely precise measurements of this light have allowed astronomers to achieve what might seem impossible: weighing the universe, and thereby establishing the geometry of space. This lecture will explain the physics of the cosmic microwave background and the challenges in understanding where our universe came from. A lecture by Roberto Trotta, Visiting Professor of Cosmology 4 November The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/weighing-the-universe Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gre

  • A History of Hair
    A History of Hair
    Duración: 43min | 07/11/2019

    The 2014 scandal over Rachel Dolezal’s lying about being of African-American heritage reignited debates about the politics of hair. It has been followed by numerous books with titles such as Don’t Touch My Hair. This lecture explores how hair has been seen as symbolic of empowerment, deviance, and identity. It looks at the role of big business in promoting grooming products (including scalp-damaging chemicals); the hair grooming regulations of the military; and the political significance of facial hair. A lecture by Joanna Bourke, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric 31 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/history-of-hair Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from

  • Infection, Immunity and Cancer
    Infection, Immunity and Cancer
    Duración: 53min | 07/11/2019

    Examples of cancers caused largely by infections include cervical cancer, some liver cancers, and gastric cancer. If the infection can be prevented, or treated, the cancer can also be prevented. When the immune system is damaged, including by infections like HIV, cancers increase. Understanding the importance of the immune system has led to new avenues for the treatment of cancer. This lecture will also consider one of the fastest moving areas of cancer treatment, stimulating the immune system to attack cancers. A lecture by Chris Whitty, Gresham Professor of Physic 30 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/infection-immunity-cancer Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access

  • The Ballets Russes: Courting the Exotic
    The Ballets Russes: Courting the Exotic
    Duración: 01h01min | 31/10/2019

    Diaghilev found that the Oriental style that had been cultivated by Russian composers was a perfect match for the Parisians’ love of exoticism, and he started to commission new ballets for this market niche. These were so successful that even Parisian women’s fashions came under their influence. But Russian folk art and music had the same exotic appeal in Paris, and Diaghilev discovered that Stravinsky was the man to turn this new 'product' into great art that was also modernist and attention-grabbing. A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker, Gresham Professor of Music 29 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ballets-russes-exotic Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or downl

  • Slavery and the City of London
    Slavery and the City of London
    Duración: 42min | 31/10/2019

    PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES Freedom has been central to the identity of the City of London for centuries. But from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth centuries, the African Slave Trade and Plantation Slavery in the Americas were key to London’s banking, insurance, shipping, manufacturing, commodity trades with Europe, gold and silver supply in London, and later merchant banks like Barings, Schroeder and Kleinwort. The City also benefited from the end of Slavery, as compensated emancipation liberated a flood of liquid capital and provided a £500,000 per annum income stream to its funders. A lecture by Richard Drayton, King's College London 28 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/slavery-city-of-london Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free

  • Freedom Song: The Fisk Jubilee Singers Story
    Freedom Song: The Fisk Jubilee Singers' Story
    Duración: 51min | 31/10/2019

    PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES A choir of ex-slaves, raising funds to build their University, toured America from 1871, suffering discrimination and hardship. They came to England, were treated with respect and sang to Queen Victoria and Gladstone. Spiritual songs are folk music and belong to us all, but because they came out of such horrific suffering it’s hard to know how to sing them. This lecture tells the tale of the singers whose courage and enterprise brought them to the world. The songs they sang include Steal Away to Jesus, Go Down, Moses and Deep River. A lecture by Professor Harvey Brough with Emily Dankworth, Christina Gill, Wills Morgan and Michael Henry, Vox Holloway Choir 24 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/freedom-song Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures

  • A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919
    A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919
    Duración: 59min | 31/10/2019

    THE 2019 BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS / GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE The event will focus upon mathematical expeditions, outlining how the use of mathematics has been instrumental to the success of historical voyages of exploration. The main speaker, Professor Ana Simões, will discuss A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919 (6pm). This will be preceded by shorter presentations by Dr Stephen Johnson on Privateer and Mathematician: the Voyages of Edward Wright (4pm) and by Dr Rebekah Higgitt on Mathematical Practice and 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration (4:45pm). A lecture by Professor Ana Simões, University of Lisbon 23 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/eclipse-29-may-1919 Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made availab

  • Mathematical Practice and the 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration
    Mathematical Practice and the 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration
    Duración: 45min | 31/10/2019

    THE 2019 BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS / GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE The event will focus upon mathematical expeditions, outlining how the use of mathematics has been instrumental to the success of historical voyages of exploration. The main speaker, Professor Ana Simões, will discuss A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919 (6pm). This will be preceded by shorter presentations by Dr Stephen Johnson on Privateer and Mathematician: the Voyages of Edward Wright (4pm) and by Dr Rebekah Higgitt on Mathematical Practice and 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration (4:45pm). A lecture by Dr Rebekah Higgitt, University of Kent 23 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/british-voyages-of-scientific-exploration Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week

  • Privateer and Mathematician: The Voyages of Edward Wright
    Privateer and Mathematician: The Voyages of Edward Wright
    Duración: 42min | 31/10/2019

    THE 2019 BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS / GRESHAM COLLEGE ANNUAL LECTURE The event will focus upon mathematical expeditions, outlining how the use of mathematics has been instrumental to the success of historical voyages of exploration. The main speaker, Professor Ana Simões, will discuss A Global History of the Eclipse of 29 May 1919 (6pm). This will be preceded by shorter presentations by Dr Stephen Johnson on Privateer and Mathematician: the Voyages of Edward Wright (4pm) and by Dr Rebekah Higgitt on Mathematical Practice and 18th-Century British Voyages of Scientific Exploration (4:45pm). A lecture by Dr Stephen Johnston, University of Oxford 23 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/privateer-and-mathematician Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made

  • Frozen in Time?
    Frozen in Time?
    Duración: 54min | 24/10/2019

    Most information from outer space reaches us at the speed of light and this governs our understanding of time and evolution in the cosmos. When we observe the Universe, we are 'looking back in time': we see the Universe as it was, not how it is. This is actually very helpful as we seek to discern and understand cosmic history and how the Universe has changed since earlier times. This talk will also review the dramatic consequences on what we observe in the night sky that arise purely from the consequences of light-travel time effects. A lecture by Katherine Blundell OBE, Gresham Professor of Astronomy 23 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/frozen-in-time Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000

  • Biometrics: How Unique Are You?
    Biometrics: How Unique Are You?
    Duración: 57min | 24/10/2019

    If people cannot identity themselves digitally then the digital society does not work. How do biometrics help reduce crime and is it possible to have a biometric system yet not broadcast even more personal information than we do now? There are hosts of biometric systems but which ones work and which are little more than guessing? A lecture by Richard Harvey, IT Livery Company Professor of IT 22 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/biometrics Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.instagram.

  • The Mathematical World of C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
    The Mathematical World of C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
    Duración: 50min | 22/10/2019

    BOOK LAUNCH Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) is best known for his Alice books. But his day job was as a mathematics lecturer at Christ Church in Oxford. What mathematics was he interested in? – and how good a mathematician was he? This illustrated lecture and book launch will attempt to answer these questions by outlining his mathematical life, labours and legacy in the context of Victorian Oxford. A lecture by Professor Robin Wilson, Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry 21 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/maths-lewis-carroll Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gresha

  • Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories
    Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories
    Duración: 01h05min | 21/10/2019

    PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES Dr Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans living in Tudor England – Jacques Francis, a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose; Mary Fillis, a Moroccan woman baptized in Elizabethan London; and Edward Swarthye, a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master's Gloucestershire manor house. Their stories illuminate key issues: – how did they come to England? What were their lives like? How were they treated by the church and the law? Most importantly: were they free? A lecture by Dr Miranda Kaufmann, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies 17 October The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/black-tudors Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free do

  • Building Sustainable Communities - A New Era for Twinning
    Building Sustainable Communities - A New Era for Twinning
    Duración: 42min | 17/10/2019

    In contrast to their stark socio-economic and environmental differences, the communities of Harbury, UK and Sekenani, Kenya are building 'collaborative ecosystems' that are helping people and their environment to flourish. With similar ideas on issues as wide-ranging as energy generation to the creation of well-being, these two communities are actively engaged in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goal 17, 'to revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development' through a new community twinning approach. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/globalpartnerships/ A lecture by Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment 15 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/building-sustainable-communities Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public le

  • Slavery, Memory and Reparations
    Slavery, Memory and Reparations
    Duración: 39min | 16/10/2019

    PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES Using memory scholarship, this talk will examine how the history and memory of enslavement shaped questions of identity and citizenship in Europe. In Africa, debates about the origins of exclusion in stratified post-slavery societies have been challenging the mechanisms of marginalisation of people of slave descent. In those contexts, the notion of collective memory is a useful tool to understand demands for reparatory justice, and how these can contradict regional or national policies based on the commodification of the colonial past ('dark tourism' in particular). A lecture by Professor Olivette Otele, Professor of History at Bath Spa University 14 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/slavery-memory Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a

  • Organ Transplants and Human Rights Abuses in China
    Organ Transplants and Human Rights Abuses in China
    Duración: 53min | 14/10/2019

    This lecture reports on the findings of The Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China (June 2019), which examined reports of state-sponsored murder for the harvesting and sale of organs. The very need for a People’s Tribunal to deal with an issue of this gravity reflects the timidity of governments when asked to deal with the criminal behaviour of another state. The tribunal's conclusions will be set within the ethical standards expected of medical practitioners around the world. A lecture by Professor Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and Professor Martin Elliott, Barrister and Surgeon 10 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/human-rights-china Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. The

  • Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891) and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
    Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891) and the Cleansing of the Victorian Metropolis
    Duración: 50min | 10/10/2019

    2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Sir Joseph Bazalgette, and will see the building of the first major addition to the system he created to prevent sewage entering the Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel is now finally making its way 16 miles beneath the course of the river from Acton to the Thames Estuary, to intercept storm water which would otherwise enter the Thames. The illustrated lecture will examine Bazalgette’s achievement and the work involved in building this latest addition to it. A lecture by Dr Stephen Halliday, Writer and Historian 9 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/bazalgette Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from th

  • 1667  The Royal Society: A Manifesto for the Future
    1667 & The Royal Society: A Manifesto for the Future
    Duración: 51min | 09/10/2019

    When Thomas Sprat’s The History of the Royal-Society of London appeared in 1667, it was less a history than a manifesto for the future, designed to convince Charles II that experimental research was a worthwhile investment. Focusing on experiment and travel, this lecture describes the aims and activities of the early Royal Society almost two centuries before the word ‘scientist’ was invented. As Sprat made clear, science, imperialism and finance were inextricably linked. A lecture by Dr Patricia Fara, Clare College Cambridge 8 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/1667-royal-society Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http:

  • The Maths of Future Computing
    The Maths of Future Computing
    Duración: 01h26s | 09/10/2019

    This lecture examines the mathematics behind computing, starting with the history of the explosive growth of computer technology, from code breaking through to all aspects of modern communication and security, as well as the simulation of physical processes as varied as the evolution of the universe to predicting the weather. It looks at the types of problems computers can solve, as well as the future possibilities of quantum computing. A lecture by Chris Budd OBE, Gresham Professor of Geometry 8 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/maths-future-computing Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter:

  • Experimental Gardens from Francis Bacon to Today
    Experimental Gardens from Francis Bacon to Today
    Duración: 46min | 09/10/2019

    Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis (1627) imagined a utopian island including an experimental garden, where plants could be made “greater much than their nature”. These new plants were central to Bacon’s dream of a better world, where hunger – and even death itself – might be conquered. Robert Sharrock’s History of the improvement and propagation of vegetables (1660) attempted to apply Bacon’s new learning and improve humanity’s food supply. This lecture will begin with Bacon’s imagined garden, then consider the long-term promise of the experimental or scientific garden, which would eventually lead to today’s biotechnologies. A lecture by Jim Endersby, Visiting Professor of the History of Science 7 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/experimental-gardens Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public le

  • Women in Law: 100 Years On
    Women in Law: 100 Years On
    Duración: 55min | 07/10/2019

    2019 marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 when a woman was recognised as a ‘person’ in law. This groundbreaking Act enabled women to be awarded university degrees and to enter professions such as law and medicine from which they had been barred. But women were excluded from the foreign and diplomatic service until 1946, and while they were allowed to sit on juries, they were widely excluded from cases involving sexual assault until 1972. What did the Act achieve and what barriers to equality still remain? A lecture by Jo Delahunty QC, Gresham Professor of Law 3 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/100-years Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free

  • Time Management in the Digital Age
    Time Management in the Digital Age
    Duración: 54min | 07/10/2019

    Classic time management frameworks advise us to focus on the important rather than the urgent. But these frameworks seem not to be applicable to the 21st century, where technology means that we are constantly bombarded with deadlines. This talk will explain how to focus on important long-term goals but at the same time meet urgent short-term deadlines; how to use email as an effective communication tool without being overwhelmed by it; and how to outsource and automate routine tasks. A lecture by Alex Edmans, Gresham Professor of Business 2 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/time-management Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Web

  • Faster Than Light?
    Faster Than Light?
    Duración: 51min | 03/10/2019

    The speed of light has fundamental significance. This talk will explain how the speed of light was first measured, and how an obscure but brilliant patent clerk in Bern, Switzerland by the name of Albert Einstein deduced that the speed of light is the upper speed limit for everything in the Universe. Interesting effects occur when particles are accelerated and achieve speeds close to that of light; these unusual phenomena take place not only in particle accelerators here on Earth but out in space that we can observe using our telescopes. It is even possible for things to be measured as travelling faster than the speed of light and the lecture will explain how that is permissible and understandable in an Einsteinian worldview. A lecture by Katherine Blundell OBE, Gresham Professor of Astronomy 2 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/faster-than-light Gresham College has been givi

  • Human Traffic: Race  Post-War Migration
    Human Traffic: Race & Post-War Migration
    Duración: 48min | 03/10/2019

    THE 2019 ROYAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY COLIN MATTHEW MEMORIAL LECTURE PART OF OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES In the years after 1945 successive British governments set out to weaponise the nation’s immigration policy. To maintain historic ties to the Old Commonwealth, and shore up Britain's position as a ‘world power’ they encouraged and even subsidised the emigration of over a million Britons while simultaneously recruiting thousands of East Europeans for new lives in Britain. Yet in 1948, with the arrival of the Empire Windrush and the passing of the British Nationality Act, another, unplanned and unwanted migration was set in train. A lecture by David Olusoga OBE, University of Manchester 1 October 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/human-traffic Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a

  • The Spanish Inquisition: The Making of Spains Black Legend
    The Spanish Inquisition: The Making of Spain's Black Legend
    Duración: 55min | 02/10/2019

    Spain became a byword for cruelty in much of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, whether it was the brutality of American colonisation, the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition or the horrors of the Eighty Years’ War in the Netherlands. This lecture will survey this ‘black legend’ and ask what made it so enduring – and why some parts of the story, such as the Inquisition’s genocidal campaign against Spanish Jews, received so much less attention than others. A lecture by Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 25 September 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/spains-black-legend Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: ht

  • Serge Diaghilevs Beginnings
    Serge Diaghilev's Beginnings
    Duración: 56min | 02/10/2019

    The great Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev didn’t have the talents to become an artist or the money to become a patron. His gift was to inspire, facilitate and market artistic projects that were highly colourful and distinctive. In this lecture we follow his early years, when he published The World of Art, a provocative Russian journal, exhibited Russian visual art in Paris, and then brought Russian music there, culminating in his production of Musorgsky’s opera Boris Godunov. A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker, Gresham Professor of Music 24 September 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/diaghilevs-beginnings Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the webs

  • Creating the Powell-Pressburger Partnership
    Creating the Powell-Pressburger Partnership
    Duración: 54min | 02/10/2019

    When Alexander Korda teamed Michael Powell with Emeric Pressburger in 1939, a lasting partnership between this Englishman and refugee Hungarian must have seemed unlikely. Yet they soon discovered a remarkable bond, pushing each other far beyond what they could do separately, and creating a unique body of filmmaking. This lecture explores how the partnership worked during the 1940s, drawing in collaborators from many backgrounds who also gave of their best, and benefiting from the unique conditions of wartime Britain. A lecture by Ian Christie, Visiting Professor in the History of Film and Media 23 September 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/archers-assemble Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,0

  • James I: The Court at Play
    James I: The Court at Play
    Duración: 43min | 26/09/2019

    Before he became King of England in 1603 James I had never set foot in an English royal palace. What he found when he did was a mixed blessing: he may have liked the grandeur and riches, but he hated the stuffy formality. His answer was to create an entirely new sort of country residence devoted to hunting, reading and relaxation with his male favourites. Architecturally incoherent these places may have been, but James’s remarkable forgotten country houses tell us a huge amount about the man and the dawn of the Stuart age. A lecture by Simon Thurley CBE, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment 18 September 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-court-at-play Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over

  • Musical Openings
    Musical Openings
    Duración: 50min | 25/09/2019

    The hammerblow introduction to Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony and the iconic four-note opening motif of the 5th Symphony, the unresolved start of Wagner’s Tristan & Isolde, the sensuously meandering melody that begins Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and the identical fanfare that opens both Monteverdi’s opera Orfeo and his 1610 Vespers. This lecture looks at how composers of all periods have risen to the challenge of how to write a memorable musical opening sentence. A lecture by Jeremy Summerly, Visiting Professor of Music History 19 September 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/musical-openings Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the web

  • Striking the Balance Between Common Sense and Legal Reasoning
    Striking the Balance Between Common Sense and Legal Reasoning
    Duración: 42min | 10/07/2019

    THE 2019 GRAY'S INN READING Lord Kerr intends to address the recent decision in Stocker v Stocker and the challenges which confront judges when required to take on the role of a jury in applying a common-sense approach to the meaning of words. He will try to consider and reflect on the essential role of the Courts in upholding individual rights and how best this role can be performed whilst also ensuring that decisions accord with society’s broader expectations of justice. A lecture by Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore PC QC, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdomw 20 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/grays-inn-reading-2019 Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access o

  • The Weimar Republic: Germanys First Democracy
    The Weimar Republic: Germany's First Democracy
    Duración: 55min | 03/07/2019

    THE 2019 PROVOST'S LECTURE A century has passed since the establishment of the ill-fated Weimar Republic, founded in August 1919 and superseded 14 years later by the Nazi dictatorship. Sir Richard Evans, one of the world's foremost authorities on modern German history, asks why the Republic failed in its attempt to make Germany democratic, and what lessons can be learned for the future of democracy in the 21st century. A lecture by Sir Richard Evans, Historian and Provost of Gresham College 18 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/weimar-republic-germany-democracy Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk

  • Sir Thomas Gresham, 1519-2019
    Sir Thomas Gresham, 1519-2019
    Duración: 56min | 02/07/2019

    THE 2019 SIR THOMAS GRESHAM ANNUAL LECTURE A special illustrated lecture will be presented by Dr John Guy to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the birth of the College’s founder and benefactor Sir Thomas Gresham. Information will be provided about a new biography. A lecture by Dr John Guy, Author of 'Gresham's Law: The Life and World of Queen Elizabeth I's Banker' 13 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/thomas-gresham-1519-2019 Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/gresha

  • Byron and the Age of Sensation
    Byron and the Age of Sensation
    Duración: 50min | 17/06/2019

    Jonathan Bate will explore the life and work of the original celebrity poet - Lord Byron. He will show how Byron was simultaneously a Romantic and an anti-Romantic, and how his influence spread to almost every corner of Europe, from the Russia of Pushkin to the Greek War of Independence. A lecture by Sir Jonathan Bate, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric 11 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/byron-age-of-sensation Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

  • The Unacclaimed Accompanist
    The Unacclaimed Accompanist
    Duración: 01h03min | 13/06/2019

    There is far more to piano accompaniment than meets the ear or eye. Vocal celebrities are reliant on an accompanist’s skills in indisputably great music composed for an equal partnership of voice and piano, and yet the hard-working pianist’s public profile seldom matches that of the singer. Skills developed over many years are often accorded faint praise and small fees. Graham Johnson examines a problematic profession that continues to attract many gifted young pianists to its ranks and asks why. A lecture by Graham Johnson OBE, British classical pianist and Lieder accompanist 7 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/unacclaimed-accompanist Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free t

  • Well-being at the Bar? Is a Legal Aid Lawyers Work all Stress and Distress?
    Well-being at the Bar? Is a Legal Aid Lawyer's Work all Stress and Distress?
    Duración: 50min | 12/06/2019

    Over the course of her Professorship, Professor Delahunty has striven to talk openly about the way in which the Family Court deals with emotive and challenging issues such as sexual abuse, child death in infancy, child neglect and child exploitation. At what personal cost is that work undertaken? How can one delete the retinal images of abuse after the case has ended? A lecture by Jo Delahunty QC, Gresham Professor of Law 6 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/family-lawyer-stress-distress Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.c

  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Do They Create or Destroy Value?
    Mergers and Acquisitions: Do They Create or Destroy Value?
    Duración: 50min | 10/06/2019

    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are perhaps the most important decisions that a company ever faces, yet very many deals destroy substantial value. This talk will discuss the correct and incorrect motives for M&A, using both examples and large-scale evidence. It will discuss the conflicts of interest that may lead investment banks to persuade clients to do value-destroying deals, and ways to motivate these conflicts. It will also critically analyse policy proposals to reform M&A, e.g. a national interest test. A lecture by Alex Edmans, Gresham Professor of Business 5 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/mergers-acquisitions-value Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access o

  • Staying in Touch with Patients
    Staying in Touch with Patients
    Duración: 52min | 10/06/2019

    Touch is central to the performance of medicine. Traditionally, doctors depended on touch to diagnose illness. Revolutions in imaging technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence seem to reduce the need for physical examination. Yet touch is not only about gathering information but is how we express compassion and care. This lecture considers how ‘gnostic’ touch (identifying disease) and ‘pathic’ touch (conveying care) are becoming separated by technological developments, and asks what we can do to ensure that touch remains central in connecting doctors and patients. A lecture by Roger Kneebone, Visiting Professor of Medical Education 28 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/staying-in-touch-patients Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free

  • The Treaty of Versailles - 100 Years Later
    The Treaty of Versailles - 100 Years Later
    Duración: 43min | 07/06/2019

    A century has passed since the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919. After WWI the treaty imposed peace terms which have remained the subject of controversy ever since. It also attempted to set up a new international order to ensure that there would never again be such a destructive war as that of 1914-18. Professor MacMillan, a specialist in British imperial history and the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries, will consider if the treaty led to the outbreak of the Second World War and whether the attempt to create a new world order was a failure. A lecture by Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History University of Toronto 4 June 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/treaty-of-versailles-100-years Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available

  • Aristotles Lyceum
    Aristotle's Lyceum
    Duración: 49min | 06/06/2019

    In the 330s BCE, the great philosopher and scientist, Aristotle of Stagira in northern Greece, returned to Athens and founded his Lyceum. The first institution in world history to encompass teaching, research and the collection of a vast library, the Lyceum immediately began to revive even Plato’s Academy in international reputation. This lecture looks at the archaeological site of the Lyceum, discovered accidentally in 1996, and asks how the remains can illuminate Aristotle’s life, work, and incomparable contribution across academic disciplines, from Political Theory and Aesthetics to Zoology, Physics and Astronomy. A lecture by Edith Hall, Visiting Professor of Classics 30 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/aristotle-lyceum Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made a

  • Toothpaste, Custard and Chocolate: Mathematics Gets Messy
    Toothpaste, Custard and Chocolate: Mathematics Gets Messy
    Duración: 33min | 05/06/2019

    THE 2019 JOINT LONDON MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL LECTURE This talk looks at mathematical modelling of real, complex fluids in flow situations – some with serious commercial applications, and some just for fun. Focusing on the chocolate fountain, we experience one of the key day-to-day tools of an applied mathematician, scaling analysis, to answer the question: why doesn’t the chocolate fall straight down? A lecture by Helen Wilson, Professor of Applied Mathematics University College London 29 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/mathematics-gets-messy Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: htt

  • Creativity: Can Computers Cut It?
    Creativity: Can Computers Cut It?
    Duración: 52min | 04/06/2019

    Computers are often parodied as machines that kill creativity. Yet modern works of creativity usually have a digital aspect, and many are wholly digital. We will look at technology that enables creativity (not always of a good kind) and the prospects for a machine to create works of art. We will examine computer- created artefacts and ask if we can tell if the creator was human or artificial. A lecture by Richard Harvey, IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology 28 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/creativity-computers Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gresha

  • The Changing Impact of Infections as we go through Life and Age
    The Changing Impact of Infections as we go through Life and Age
    Duración: 55min | 03/06/2019

    The very young and very elderly are particularly susceptible to many infections and for many infections, age will predict how likely someone is to die once infected. The immediate and long-term effects of an infection changes throughout our life course. Some infections which if caught as a child are usually relatively trivial are likely to be much more severe in young adults including mumps and chickenpox. Other infections present in very different ways depending on the age of the sufferer; for example, severe malaria in young children is a completely different disease from severe malaria in adults although the parasite is the same. Otherwise trivial infections can have major effects in pregnant women or particularly on their unborn babies; examples include rubella and Zika. Several vaccines work differently in different age groups. This changing pattern of what makes disease severe as we progress from the first trimester of pregnancy by stages through to becoming very elderly has implications for treatment

  • The Limits of our Knowledge
    The Limits of our Knowledge
    Duración: 52min | 31/05/2019

    There is much in the universe we will never know, and it is equally certain that we will never know all that we do not know. This dilemma has not stopped cosmologists, philosophers and even theologians from exploring and going beyond the limits of space and time. A lecture by Joseph Silk, Gresham Professor of Astronomy 22 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/limits-of-knowledge Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

  • Prokofievs War and Peace
    Prokofiev's War and Peace
    Duración: 01h13s | 30/05/2019

    Sergei Prokofiev’s War and Peace (1953) was an adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel begun during WWII. He saw it as a personal interpretation of the novel, but as soon as it went forward for production, the Soviet authorities realised that this was the perfect opportunity for creating a rousing epic wartime drama. A succession of cultural officials left their imprint on the work, requiring Prokofiev to make hundreds of changes and write new scenes. The composer did not live to see a complete performance on stage. A lecture by Marina Frolova Walker, Visiting Professor of Russian Music 21 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/prokofiev-war-peace Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to acc

  • The Cockney Romantics: John Keats and his Friends
    The Cockney Romantics: John Keats and his Friends
    Duración: 50min | 24/05/2019

    The word Romanticism makes us think of mountain tops and stormy seas, but the younger generation of English Romantics (above all, John Keats) were Londoners through and through. They were even mocked as ‘the Cockney School of Poetry’. Jonathan Bate will track Keats to Hampstead and tell of the extraordinary circle of writers – opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, essayist Charles Lamb, master-critic William Hazlitt – who wrote for The London Magazine, until its gifted editor was killed in a duel with a rival critic. A lecture by Sir Jonathan Bate FBA, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric 14 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/cockney-romantics-john-keats Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures fr

  • Exploring Earth from Space
    Exploring Earth from Space
    Duración: 39min | 23/05/2019

    In recent years, multiple space missions have been launched. Many have set out across our galaxy to explore other systems and planets, capturing people’s imaginations and helping us to understand more about the origins of the universe. But there are also a myriad of space missions and platform that are sending data back to earth that are telling us about how earth is changing. Today the earth is opening up its secrets as never before. A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade, Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment 21 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/exploring-earth-from-space Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://

  • Digital Listening: The Future of Music in the Age of Digital Fragmentation
    Digital Listening: The Future of Music in the Age of Digital Fragmentation
    Duración: 51min | 22/05/2019

    It’s a tough time to be a listener. Our present-day cultures of listening are radically fragmented, as our time and attention are fractalised into bits of information. What’s the future of listening? What will happen to the ways we give attention to music in the future? Our conclusion might be that an expanded definition of listening - an active, participative, engaged listening! - can save our digital and musical futures from the fates they seem to be facing. A lecture by Tom Service, Gresham Professor of Music 13 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/digital-listening-fragmentation Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www

  • Is There Danger Ahead With AI?
    Is There Danger Ahead With AI?
    Duración: 53min | 20/05/2019

    Professor Wilks will discuss the argument that ‘superintelligent’ AI may turn against us, as Hawking and Bostrom have warned. It will be argued that these worries misrepresent the achievements and potential of AI, and that the ethical dilemmas of AI will be deeper and more challenging than just managing idleness due to automation, or how to blame an automated car in a crash. They will include how to treat the artificial Companions created to curate our own lifetimes of information. A lecture by Professor Yorick Wilks, Visiting Professor of AI 14 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/danger-ai-ethics-work-leisure Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the

  • Jesus, Hitler and The Abolition of God
    Jesus, Hitler and The Abolition of God
    Duración: 51min | 17/05/2019

    This series has argued that the origins of modern secularism lie in the age of the Renaissance. This last lecture will track that legacy down to the present. From Tom Paine through Bakunin to modern humanism and anti-Nazism, religion has not collapsed intellectually. Instead, religious impulses – defiance of unwelcome moral authority, the quest for ever-deeper truths, a readiness to judge churches by their own standards – have given our age a profoundly secular ethic with deeply religious roots. A lecture by Professor Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 9 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/jesus-hitler-abolition-of-god Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or do

  • Greshams Exchange
    Gresham's Exchange
    Duración: 36min | 16/05/2019

    ‘Go to the Exchange, crave gold as you intend.’' (William Haughton, Englishmen for My Money, 1598). Sir Thomas Gresham's first great contribution to the life of London was the Royal Exchange, the purpose-built merchants' bourse which opened in 1567. Why did Gresham finance and build it? What did Londoners (and others) do there? And what does the Exchange tell us about Gresham's ambitions both for himself and for London? A lecture by Professor Stephen Alford, University of Leeds 8 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/greshams-exchange Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gres

  • The Child and Medical Treatment: The Chance to Live or to Die with Dignity?
    The Child and Medical Treatment: The Chance to Live or to Die with Dignity?
    Duración: 55min | 15/05/2019

    What happens when doctors and parents cannot agree on whether a child should be given experimental medical treatment? Why is there any question mark over a parent’s right to decide if medical treatment for their child continues? From the parents of Ashya King who successfully secured proton beam therapy for their son to the despair surrounding baby Charlie Gard and his life-limiting genetic disorder: how does the court make decisions that can potentially prolong life or bring about the death of a child? In this lecture, Professor Jo Delahunty is joined by Dr Imogen Goold. A lecture by Jo Delahunty QC and Dr Imogen Goold, Gresham Professor of Law and Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford 2 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/child-medical-treatment Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five

  • Leonardos Salvator Mundi: Scholarship, Science and Skulduggery
    Leonardo's Salvator Mundi: Scholarship, Science and Skulduggery
    Duración: 45min | 13/05/2019

    The newly discovered Salvator by Leonardo, the world’s most costly picture, is one of his most notable creations, in which he used his ‘science of art’ to transform a stock subject into a profound expression of the ineffability of the divine. We will look at the remarkable story of its discovery, its conservation and scientific examination, the research into how it works as an image and its provenance. We will also look at the scandalous events of its ownership and how it came to be where it is now. A lecture by Martin Kemp, University of Oxford 1 May 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/leonardo-salvator-mundi Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the we

  • The Intertwined Impacts of Pollution and Inequality on Health
    The Intertwined Impacts of Pollution and Inequality on Health
    Duración: 58min | 10/05/2019

    Pollution is a much more complex problem than many realise and cannot be resolved solely through global and regional agreements. Pollution is closely connected with behavioural and technology choices, production and consumption practices, industrial processes and pricing policies, financial and business sector orientation and a culture of consumerism and irresponsibility to the environment and impacts on people's health. Only by changing behaviours can we tackle pollution. A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade, Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment 30 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/pollution-inequality-health Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or do

  • 500 Years of Mathematics: Are We Living In A Golden Age?
    500 Years of Mathematics: Are We Living In A Golden Age?
    Duración: 59min | 09/05/2019

    Much has happened in the 500 years since the birth of Thomas Gresham, and mathematics is no exception. Most mathematicians were then in awe of the Greeks and felt little had been done since. But the start of modern mathematics soon followed, marked by the solution of the cubic equation. Mathematics has grown explosively since then and we are now in an age of great discovery. The last 500 years of progress in maths will be reviewed, to see where it is going next and ask whether we are truly living in a mathematical Golden Age. A lecture by Chris Budd, Gresham Professor of Geometry 30 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/500-years-mathematics-golden-age Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000

  • The Meaning, Value and Sanctity of Human Life
    The Meaning, Value and Sanctity of Human Life
    Duración: 54min | 08/05/2019

    Recent advances in medical science have brought complex ethical dilemmas, particularly around the beginning of human lives (abortion, embryo research, IVF, gene therapy, stem cells) and its ending (switching off ventilators, persistent vegetative state (PVS) and ‘dying with dignity’ or assisted suicide). Although none of these topics occurs directly in the New Testament, references to ‘life’ abound, and healing was the centre of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Can our approach enable the Biblical material to assist contemporary medical debates? A lecture by Richard Burridge, Visiting Professor of Ethics and Theology 25 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/meaning-value-sanctity-life Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There

  • Does Finance Benefit Society?
    Does Finance Benefit Society?
    Duración: 53min | 02/05/2019

    Since the financial crisis, there has been a strong view that the financial sector has little benefit for society. The stock market is not a net supplier of capital - as much money is spent on share buybacks as is raised from new issuance. Moreover, most stock market trading is speculative side-bets between investors, with no new money being raised by firms. This talk will show that stock market trading may contribute to society even if does not lead to firms raising new capital. A lecture by Alex Edmans, Gresham Professor of Business 24 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/does-finance-benefit-society Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the websi

  • Mining Volcanoes: Diamonds, Copper and Hot Water
    Mining Volcanoes: Diamonds, Copper and Hot Water
    Duración: 54min | 30/04/2019

    Volcanoes provide many natural resources from which society can benefit. Diamonds and most of the world’s copper are mined from eroded extinct volcanoes while many active volcanoes offer the possibility of extracting huge amounts of geothermal energy. The volcanic processes that transport diamonds to the Earth’s surface and enrich copper beneath volcanoes, show how volcanoes can be a major energy and resource. A lecture by Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum 17 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/mining-volcanoes Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http:/

  • The Natural Environment of Tudor London
    The Natural Environment of Tudor London
    Duración: 59min | 29/04/2019

    Tudor London is variously reported as a squalid seething mass of humanity choking on its own filth and fumes, and as a delightful garden where babbling brooks and sweet flowers delighted the senses of people such as Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Erasmus. Drawing on evidence from contemporary maps, paintings and writings, and modern environmental science, the lecture will offer a 'virtual' walk around the City with Sir Thomas Gresham, evaluating these different perspectives on the City’s air, water, soil and wildlife. A lecture by Carolyn Roberts, Emerita Professor of the Environment 10 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/natural-environment-tudor-london Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,00

  • AI and Education: The Reality and the Potential
    AI and Education: The Reality and the Potential
    Duración: 50min | 24/04/2019

    This lecture will consider the current reality of AI in education and its transformative potential. Professor Luckin will introduce what we mean by the term AI and how the development of increasingly smart technologies in the workplace and home requires us to change how and what we teach and learn. It will be explained how AI is already supporting the teaching and learning process, with speculation about the possible futures that AI might provide in order to help us tackle our greatest educational challenges. A lecture by Rose Luckin, University College London 9 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/ai-education-reality-potential Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access

  • Dying in Todays World
    Dying in Today's World
    Duración: 56min | 24/04/2019

    In the 50 years since the hospice movement started, lessons from research have revolutionised care of the dying in the UK and in many places around the world. Yet the cruel myth that opioids shorten the lives of those with severe pain from cancer and other diseases leaves many denied the treatment they deserve. Those watching the person they love die carry the memory for the rest of their lives. The concept of a ‘good death’, and how it can be achieved will be discussed, including the importance of open conversations with children being bereaved. Discussion will also tackle some of the issues around physician- assisted suicide and euthanasia. A lecture by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords 9 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/dying-today Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today wi

  • Street-Life and New Wave British Cinema of the 1960s
    Street-Life and New Wave British Cinema of the 1960s
    Duración: 35min | 23/04/2019

    Location shooting was a feature of ‘new wave’ film around the world in the 1960s. In Britain, it meant that British filmmakers broke out of the studio to find new subjects among the young, fashionable and disadvantaged, seen in their natural habitats – not only in the North and Midlands, but in unfamiliar parts of London. A lecture by Ian Christie, Visiting Professor in the History of Film and Media 8 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/new-wave-british-cinema-1960s Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Insta

  • Text Mining: How Do Computers Understand Language?
    Text Mining: How Do Computers Understand Language?
    Duración: 51min | 17/04/2019

    Text is everywhere. From tweets to the gigantic records of governments, machine processing of text is now subtle and pervasive. We can automatically identify authors of works, look for disease within tweets and even construct chatbots which can convince some people that these machines are human. In this lecture, we provide a brief history of text processing and look towards the future when the computer sonnet or love poem might become a reality. A lecture by Richard Harvey, IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology 16 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/text-mining Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.

  • The Spiritual Quest Against Religion
    The Spiritual Quest Against Religion
    Duración: 56min | 16/04/2019

    The Protestant Reformation set out to purge Christianity of error. But once you have started, how do you know when to stop? Some radicals tore up layer upon layer of tradition in the tireless search for deeper truths, proving their faith by their refusal to believe. This lecture will track these radical quests and show how they could lead to positions like those of Baruch Spinoza or Thomas Hobbes: God may still exist but is almost wholly out of reach. A lecture by Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 4 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/spiritual-quest-against-religion Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gr

  • Crown, Country and the Struggle for Cultural Supremacy
    Crown, Country and the Struggle for Cultural Supremacy
    Duración: 53min | 15/04/2019

    The fourth lecture in this series considers Britain’s unique cultural development and how the changing balance of power and wealth between the aristocracy and the monarchy from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century has fundamentally influenced today’s national cultural landscape of art and architecture. A lecture by Simon Thurley, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment 3 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/crown-country-cultural-supremacy Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.inst

  • Political Spending on the Internet
    Political Spending on the Internet
    Duración: 42min | 11/04/2019

    FULBRIGHT LECTURE Government officials in the UK and the USA have struggled to find effective ways to regulate political spending on the internet. The question of appropriate regulation is challenging - both in practice and principle. Professor Ringhand discusses how officials in the United Kingdom and the United States have approached the problem, and how they have faced surprisingly similar challenges despite the different underlying approaches to political campaign financing taken by each nation. A lecture by Lori Ringhand, University of Georgia and University of Aberdeen 2 April 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/political-spending-internet Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures f

  • Infections of the Abdominal Organs
    Infections of the Abdominal Organs
    Duración: 57min | 10/04/2019

    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. A lecture by Chris Whitty, Gresham Professor of Physic 27 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of th

  • Shostakovichs Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
    Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
    Duración: 57min | 10/04/2019

    Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (1932) was more a personal than a political drama. All was well for the first two years after the opera’s première in 1934, but shortly after Stalin went to a performance, it was vigorously condemned in the state press. The pretext was the opera’s music, but it is more likely that the plot and especially the staging offended against the conservative turn in the social morality now promoted by the state. When a revival became possible, Shostakovich chose to rework the opera, renaming it Katerina Izmailova. A lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker, Visiting Professor of Russian Music 26 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/shostakovich-lady-macbeth-mtsensk Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are cu

  • Deep Listening: Quiet Music and Quieter Audiences
    Deep Listening: Quiet Music and Quieter Audiences
    Duración: 55min | 08/04/2019

    As music gets quiet, so too must listening. But what do the contexts and ideologies of quiet music and quieter listening mean? From different eras, and radically opposed musical traditions, Richard Wagner’s innovations in his theatre at Bayreuth (forcing his audience to sit in near-total darkness and silence) have striking similarities to theories and practices of listening developed by modernist and post-modernist composers, from Karlheinz Stockhausen to Pauline Oliveros and her Deep Listening Band. What’s happening to our listening bodies in these deep listening contexts? A lecture by Tom Service, Gresham Professor of Music 25 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/deep-listening-quiet-music Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our w

  • Cruelty to Animals
    Cruelty to Animals
    Duración: 48min | 05/04/2019

    Understanding changing relationships between human and non-human animals is central to our world today. This lecture starts by looking at early-modern understandings of the nature of ‘animal’ and ‘human’ life, before turning to the rise of ‘rights of animals’. It concludes by investigating late twentieth and early twenty-first century thought about evolution, the Great Apes, and liberationist and ecology movements. A lecture by Joanna Bourke, Visiting Professor of History 21 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/cruelty-to-animals Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gresha

  • Art and Power in the English Aristocratic House
    Art and Power in the English Aristocratic House
    Duración: 58min | 04/04/2019

    The English Aristocracy is often seen as a rural elite concentrating its patronage of art and architecture in the countryside. This lecture questions this view and shows how, from the sixteenth century, aristocratic families deployed their collections and commissioned their buildings in both town and country in order to further their political and dynastic ambitions. A lecture by Simon Thurley, Visiting Professor of the Built Environment 20 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/art-power-english-aristocratic-house Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Faceboo

  • Brexit and the Future of Britain
    Brexit and the Future of Britain
    Duración: 52min | 04/04/2019

    At the time of writing, it appears that Britain will leave the European Union on 29th March at 11 pm British time, 12 midnight Continental time. How will Britain fare outside the European Union? And how will Brexit affect British politics? Will the Britain of 2020 become like the Britain of 1972, the year before we joined the European Community, precursor of the European Union - or has our 46 year membership of European institutions led to irreversible changes in our constitution and system of government? A lecture by Vernon Bogdanor, Emeritus Professor of Law 13 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/brexit-future-of-britain Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or dow

  • Deep Learning: Miracle or Snake Oil?
    Deep Learning: Miracle or Snake Oil?
    Duración: 51min | 03/04/2019

    Machine Learning has had several excitements over the years with machines that are modelled on the human brain. The invention of the perceptron and artificial neural networks were followed by intense scientific activity and excitement, then by disappointment at a number of unappreciated deficiencies. The latest craze are deep neural networks. In this lecture, we will explore how deep learning works, what it can do and if neural networks are a modern miracle or yet another false dawn. A lecture by Richard Harvey, IT Livery Company Professor of IT 19 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/deep-learning Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.

  • How to be a Puritan Atheist
    How to be a Puritan Atheist
    Duración: 47min | 02/04/2019

    Early ‘atheism’ did not always mean angry rejection of religion. The most earnest believers were often ones who wrestled most seriously with doubts. This lecture will look at how and why Christians in the seventeenth century first began seriously to wrestle with unbelief, whether troubled by feelings that God was absent, worries about religious variety or fear of damnation. What made these doubts so powerful was that their roots were not philosophical, but emotional. A lecture by Alec Ryrie, Gresham Professor of Divinity 14 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/puritan-atheist Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gr

  • How Will We Learn Maths in the Future?
    How Will We Learn Maths in the Future?
    Duración: 59min | 01/04/2019

    Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver for this is the use of new technology. In particular the widespread use of computers has transformed the way that we do mathematics, with computers not only able to mark exam papers, but also to do the algebra required to answer the questions. In this talk, we will look at the modern developments of computer based teaching and learning. At the same time we examine those parts of teaching maths which require the human touch and look forward to a future of maths education where computers and human teachers work well together. A lecture by Chris Budd OBE, Gresham Professor of Geometry 12 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/learn-maths-future Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download fr

  • Greshams Bequest to Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
    Gresham's Bequest to Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn
    Duración: 38min | 29/03/2019

    The valuable bequest of Sir Thomas Gresham to the development of scientific interest in seventeenth-century England can be traced through the testimony of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn - not only great diarists but also ‘particular friends’. A lecture by Margaret Willes, Independent Writer and Scholar 11 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/gresham-pepys-and-evelyn Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreshamCollege Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greshamcollege Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/greshamcollege

  • Politics and the Legal Profession
    Politics and the Legal Profession
    Duración: 50min | 28/03/2019

    Cuts to legal aid, the concept of online justice, diversity within the legal profession and the judiciary, the independence of the Judiciary from the State, the impact the press can have on perceptions of fairness of justice: this lecture explores the controversial issue of how the politics of the day or decade can affect the way in which the Justice system functions in private and is perceived by the public. A lecture by Jo Delahunty QC, Gresham Professor of Law 7 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/politics-and-legal-profession Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gresham

  • The Greatest Speech of all Time: Pericles Funeral Oration
    The Greatest Speech of all Time: Pericles' Funeral Oration
    Duración: 46min | 27/03/2019

    In 431 BCE the Athenian statesman Pericles delivered one of the most influential speeches of all time, his Epitaphios or Funeral Oration. The occasion was at the funeral of the first Athenian soldiers to lose their lives in the Peloponnesian War. This lecture examines the history of this beautiful site, the momentous occasion on which Pericles spoke, and the ways in which his speech, recorded by the historian Thucydides who was present at its delivery, has informed subsequent epoch-making orations from Lincoln at Gettysburg to Kennedy and Obama. A lecture by Edith Hall, Gresham Professor of Business 6 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/pericles-funeral-oration-cemetery Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are cur

  • The Role of Investors
    The Role of Investors
    Duración: 50min | 26/03/2019

    Poor stewardship by investors has been argued to be a cause of poor corporate governance. Moreover, when investors do engage with companies, they do so to increase short-term profit at the expense of long-run value. This talk will critically analyse the evidence on whether shareholder activism is beneficial for long-term value and suggest policies to promote the ‘good’ type of shareholder engagement. It will stress that reform must extend far beyond asset managers to the entire investment industry. A lecture by Alex Edmans, Gresham Professor of Business 6 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/stewardship-role-investors Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or downloa

  • How Astronomy Changed our View of the Cosmos from Gresham to the 21st Century
    How Astronomy Changed our View of the Cosmos from Gresham to the 21st Century
    Duración: 54min | 25/03/2019

    Thomas Gresham lived from 1519 to 1579. The first telescope was designed in 1608 in the Netherlands, and first pointed at the heavens by Galileo a year later. The greatest discoveries since the pre-telescope era have been that of the existence of many other planets around distant stars, and the vastness of the universe. So much has happened since Gresham’s era, yet many of the questions about our cosmic origins still remain. A lecture by Joseph Silk, Gresham Professor of Astronomy 6 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/astronomy-gresham-21st-century Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website. Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk Twitter: http:

  • Food Security
    Food Security
    Duración: 50min | 22/03/2019

    Worldwide, over 80 plant species are known to cause poisoning from nitrate accumulation. But droughts are exacerbating this for many staple crops. Even after a drought, the growth in water-stressed crops can result in the build-up of other toxins. Global warming is also helping to spread mycotoxins, with 25 per cent of cereals worldwide estimated to be contaminated and 4.5 billion people exposed to uncontrolled levels. We will need an aggressive strategy to ensure the safety of agricultural yields and food in the future especially in drought- prone and even temperate zones. A lecture by Jacqueline McGlade, Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment 5 March 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/food-security-plant-adaptation Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made a

  • The Myth of the Lone Heroic Surgeon
    The Myth of the Lone Heroic Surgeon
    Duración: 54min | 21/03/2019

    People often think that surgery is about the skill of a single surgeon. In fact operations depend on teamwork, with nurses, surgeons, anaesthetists and technicians all playing vital roles as they work together. Experts outside medicine need similar skills and have much to teach clinicians. This lecture introduces Rachel Warr, a leading puppeteer and dramaturg. After Rachel demonstrates how she and her colleagues bring puppets to life, we will discuss how her expertise in dexterity, team-working and preparation for performance can shed light on the world of surgery. A lecture by Roger Kneebone, Visiting Professor of Medical Education 27 February 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/lone-heroic-surgeon Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from

  • Gender, Marriage, Divorce and Human Sexuality
    Gender, Marriage, Divorce and Human Sexuality
    Duración: 56min | 20/03/2019

    Is ‘morality’ principally about sex, or ‘naughty vicars’? Despite Henry VIII, the Church has found divorce difficult, especially for clergy and bishops, let alone ‘equal marriage’ for same-sex couples, the role of women in ordained ministry or transgender issues. This lecture examines the relevant references in the New Testament (which are surprisingly fewer than references to money or violence) particularly in the context of ancient Jewish and Roman assumptions. Can a ‘biblical’ view of sexuality and gender assist today’s ethical debates? A lecture by Richard Burridge, Visiting Professor of Ethics and Theology 28 February 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/gender-marriage-divorce-sexuality Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our webs

  • Zombie Ants and Fearless Mice: Parasites and the Brain
    Zombie Ants and Fearless Mice: Parasites and the Brain
    Duración: 53min | 14/03/2019

    Parasites can dramatically change the behaviour of their hosts. A parasitic worm turns a tropical ant berry-red and causes it to climb high, attractive prey for birds, the worm’s next host. A mouse infected by toxoplasma gondii no longer fears cats – making it easier for the parasite to be eaten by its next host, a cat. A jewel wasp precisely injects neurotoxins into its cockroach prey’s brain. These parasite manipulations can tell us how brains, including our own, work normally. A lecture by Dr Tristram Wyatt, Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford 26 February 2019 The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/parasites-controlling-behaviour-brain Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,0

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