Unless otherwise stated lectures this season will be held at New Walk Museum Leicester Mondays at 7.30pm
Please note that because of building works beginning in January 2017 the main entrance to New Walk Museum will be closed. between 3rd January and 31st May. Entrance will be from the side door where there is a ramp. The car park will not be available during this period EXCEPT for people with disabilities by PRIOR BOOKING on 01162254900
3rd October 2016
MARBLE, MOVEMENT, MEMORY AND LIGHT: ENCOUNTERS WITH NINETEENTH CENTURY SCULPTURE
PROFESSOR ALISON YARRINGTON SPECIALISES IN HISTORY OF BRITISH ART AND SCULPTURE C.1750-1914, IN PARTICULAR SCULPTURE’S DISPLAY HISTORIES, THE MARBLE TRADE, PUBLIC AND MARITIME SCULPTURE , AND , MORE BROADLY, BRITISH-ITALIAN CULTURAL TRANSACTIONS AND THE HISTORY OF COLLECTIONS AND COLLECTING. THIS WILL PROVIDE THE FOCUS OF HER PRESIDENTAIL ADDRESS.
OPEN MEETING FOLLOWED BY A SOCIAL GATHERING. THE LORD MAYOR WILL ATTEND
17TH October 2016
NEUTRINOS AND THE UNIVERSE
Dr Susan Cartwright .
University of Sheffield
Sponsored by the British Science Association
31st October 2016
SOMERSET MAUGHAM: A LIFE UNDER COVER
Lady Selina Hastings Writer and biographer
During much of his lifetime Maugham was the most famous writer in the world. At his villa in the south of France, as in London and New York, he appeared every inch the conventional English gentleman. And yet conventional he was not, and there was a great deal he was determined to keep hidden. He himself destroyed thousands of letters, and he issued strict instructions to his literary executors that all requests for information be firmly refused. Only in recent years, decades after his death, have the secrets of this extraordinary man’s life finally been revealed. Selina Hastings is the author of a recent highly acclaimed biography of him.
Lecture sponsored by the University of Leicester
14th November 2016
10 THINGS YOU REALLY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DEMOCRACY IN ANCIENT GREECE
Professor Paul Cartledge
AG Leventis Professor Emeritus of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge
The past is a foreign country. The ancient Greeks, though they invented the word and the thing, did their democracy very differently. In a nutshell: all our democracies are representative and indirect, all theirs were direct. The best known and documented is that of the classical Athenians. The lecture will explore ten key ways in which their democracy differed critically form ours.
Lecture sponsored by De Montfort University
28th November 2016
SHAKESPEARE AS DRAMATIST
Professor Nigel Wood
Professor of Literature, Loughborough University
Shakespeare is often understood via his poetry and verbal rhetoric; less widely appreciated is his dramatic sense: how he built in contrasts and opportunities for echoes and allusions in his plots. This lecture will offer a basis for understanding how an Early Modern audience might have encountered two of is plays: “Antony and Cleopatra” and “The Tempest”, and it will take issue with some current assumptions about Shakespeare’s politics.
9th January 2017
GROUND-SHAKING EDUCATION: USING SIGNALS TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE
Mr Paul Denton
Schools Seismology Project Leader, British Geological Survey
Joint Lecture with the Geology Section
23rd January 2017
THE MUSEUM IN SOUTH ASIA-SOUTH ASIA IN THE MUSEUM: DILEMMAS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN THE DISPLAY OF THE ARTS OF SOUTH ASIA
Professor Deborah Swallow, Maris Rousing Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art
Sponsored by Loughborough University
6th February 2017
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE
Dr Nick Lane
Senior Lecturer Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
University College London
Sponsored by The Royal Society of Chemistry
20th February 2017
LEICESTER MERCURY MEDIA LECTURE
Professor Tony Collins, De Montfort University
Today, Leicester is rightly recognised as one of the powerhouses of European rugby union. But there is far more to the history of rugby in Leicester than the Tigers’ success on the pitch. This lecture will explore the rich traditions of the game in East Midlands that stretch back into the early nineteenth and highlight the deep links between the popularity of the sport and the growth of Leicester as a modern industrial city. Most importantly it will examine the pivotal role that the city played in the development of rugby in the early twentieth century and argue that if it wasn’t for Leicester Tigers, rugby would not have become the world game that we know today.
Sponsored by Leicester Mercury
6th March 2017
SEX, SURNAMES AND THE HISTORY OF BRITAIN
Professor Mark Jobling
Professor of Genetics.
University of Leicester
20th March 2017
THE BADGER; HERO OR VILLAIN
Mr Patrick Barkham
Journalist and writer on natural history.
Joint Lecture with the Natural History Section
27th March 2017
THE PEACH LECTURE
Held in association with the University of Leicester
21ST CENTURY CREATIVE PRACTICES
Professor Tom Inns
Director of Glasgow School of Art.
NB This lecture will be held at 6.30 pm in the Ken Edwards Building University of Leicester
24th April 2017
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (NB 6.45 PM START)
TO BE FOLLOWED BY A RECITAL BY THE UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER CHAMBER CHOIR
Director Roxanne Summerfield
Wine will be served in the interval.