Andrew Siemion – The Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence

in Academic Service - Archive by on September 11th, 2014


Event Date: 11 September 2014
Room B36
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences presents:

Dr Andrew Siemion (Berkeley) – The Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence

Astrobiologist Dr Andrew Siemion of the University of California Berkeley, is speaking about the history of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), the latest developments in the science of astrobiology and the prospects for dramatic advances in the field using the latest generation of world-class telescopes.

Humanity has spent millennia questioning whether there could be intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmic system. For the first time in our history the answer may now be within our grasp. During the last several decades astronomers have discovered that the key environmental factors that gave rise to life on Earth are present in abundance throughout the Milky Way galaxy. Long lived stars, planets, water and complex organic molecules are known to be ubiquitous. Armed with the certainty that life could have developed elsewhere, scientists everywhere are racing to determine if indeed it did, and if so, whether some of that life went on to develop a technological capability similar to our own.

Professor Ian Crawford of Birkbeck’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences said: “We’re delighted to welcome Dr Siemion to deliver this lecture at Birkbeck. Dr Siemion’s research group at Berkeley are at the forefront of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and this is an exciting opportunity to hear about the latest news and developments from the field, as well as what the next few years might uncover”.

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Cumberland Lodge Podcasts

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on August 29th, 2014

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Cumberland Lodge is an educational charity and a unique conference centre in the heart of the Great Park, Windsor. Its Patron is The Queen, who has granted sole occupancy of a beautiful seventeenth-century house for discussions aimed at the betterment of society.

As a venue, the Lodge plays host to universities and to many professional organisations including the National Health Service, the Inns of Court, learned societies, charities, government and non-government organisations and many higher education institutions, and appropriate organisations from the commercial sector. The Lodge also organises its own major conference programme that initiates fresh debate on issues of national and international significance.

Set in the tranquil heart of Windsor Great Park, only 27 miles from London and a short distance from Heathrow airport, Cumberland Lodge is perfectly placed for local, national and international meetings. Dining and accommodation are top class and the atmosphere is that of a friendly country house.

Below you can find a selection of recordings made at Cumberland Lodge over the past few years:

Ethics: Professor Sir Michael Marmot on Health and Wealth.
2012: Professor Sir Micheal Marmot delivers the inaugural Windsor Ethics Lecture.

Ethics: 2011 Cumberland Lodge Annual Lecture, given by Shami Chakrabarti
Shami Chakrabarti discusses Common Values and Human Rights

Cumberland Lodge: Rt Hon Lord Justice Laws on Lord Denning and the Value of Barristers’ to Cumberland Lodge
2011: Rt Hon Sir John Laws, Lord Justice of Appeal, here explains the value of discussing the law with barristers-in-training at Cumberland Lodge.

Cumberland Lodge: William Shawcross CVO discusses the Queen Mother’s role in the founding of St. Catharine’s at Cumberland Lodge in 1947
2011: William Shawcross, the Official Biographer of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother explains her role in establishing an educational charity at Cumberland Lodge.

Higher Education: Sir Graeme Davies on key moments in the development of Higher Education since the First World War
2011: Professor Sir Graeme Davies, Trustee of Cumberland Lodge and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of London discusses the key policy decisions that have been taken regarding universities in the UK since 1919.

Higher Education: Sir Deian Hopkin on university education as a gateway to improved life chances
2011: Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, former Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University and Interim Chairman of the Student Loans Company, discusses access to higher education.

Higher Education: Claire Fox on how the value of university education is poorly expressed in modern discourse
2011: Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, argues that academia has lost its ability and confidence to define the value of Higher Education in its own terms.

Arts: Author Salley Vickers on The Spirit of Stories
2011: Salley Vickers, author of Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr Golighty’s Holiday, The Other Side of You and Where Three Roads Meet discusses what we can learn from The Spirit of Stories.

Cumberland Lodge: Sir Roger Young recalls the early days of the Foundation
2010: Sir Roger Young, the first resident tutor at Cumberland Lodge in 1948, discusses the purpose the foundation was intended to serve, and the people who shaped it in the 1940s and 50s.

Ethics and Society: Katharine Whitehorn, writer and columnist, on cultural attitudes to old age and death
2010: Katharine Whitehorn, celebrated author of books such as “How to Survive Children” and “Cooking in a Bedsitter” and former columnist for the Observer, on the significance of the final years of life.

Society: Naomi Eisenstadt CB on reading and social justice
2010: Naomi Eisenstadt, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford and former director of the Social Exclusion Task Force, on how the inability to read reinforces other social disadvantages.

Education: Douglas Board considers the perception of academic researchers outside academia
2010: Douglas Board, founder of the career’s advice business Maslow’s Attic, offers career advice to early career researchers.

Environment: Bob Flowerdew on the Future of Gardens and Gardening
2010: Bob Flowerdew, Organic Gardener and TV and Radio Broadcaster, discusses the future of gardens and gardening.

Ethics: Lord Bichard of Nailsworth discusses the ethical challenges of balancing the privacy of the individual against the protection of the community.
2010: Lord Bichard, Director of the Institute for Government, explores the ethical challenges faced by the state when it obtains sensitive data on its citizens.

Law and Society: Dr Jeff King on the status of “Social Rights”
2010: Dr Jeff King, CUF Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, here discusses the status of social rights such as the rights to education, housing and welfare. Are these rights legally recognised? Do they have the same status as human rights? If so, how are they enforced in the UK?

Politics and Society: Mike Trace on Global Drug Policy
2010: Mike Trace, Chair of the International Drugs Policy Consortium, here analyses the global development of drugs policy over the last fifty years. Have the UN conventions on drugs reduced the harms caused by drug abuse and drug traficking? If not, why not?

Arts and Society: Vikki Heywood on ‘An Imaginary Collection of Notionally Identical Experiments’
2009: Vikki Heywood, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, talks about what makes for an effective arts organisation at our March 2009 conference entitled: Do we have the Arts Funding System we deserve?

Arts: Sir John Tusa discusses how the arts should be funded.
2009: Sir John Tusa on: “The Arts: A Suitable Case for Treatment”.

Cumberland Lodge Archives: An early student visitor, C.D. Curling, recalls his first visits to the Lodge in the 1950s.
1978: An interview between Walter James, former Principal of Cumberland Lodge, and C.D. Curling, an early visitor to the Lodge.

Arts: An extract of a poetry reading given by Sir Andrew Motion
2009: Sir Andrew Motion reads an extract of the poem “Harry Patch”, read on the day before the unexpected announcement of Harry Patch’s death. This is followed by a reading of “The Mower”.

Ethics: Dr Kai Spiekermann on Carbon Offsetting
2009: Dr Kai Spiekermann discusses the ethics of carbon offsetting.

Ethics: Dr Tom Shakespeare on Pre-Natal Diagnosis for Disability.
2003: Dr Tom Shakespeare, research fellow at the Institute for Policy and Practice at Newcastle University, discusses the ethics of pre-natal diagnosis (PND) for disability.

Ethics: Professor Simon Caney on who should bear the burden of climate change
2009: Simon Caney, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, discusses the philosophical problems involved in developing a principle of justice which applies to the threat of climate change.

Law and Society: HH Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC explains the Criminal Justice System
2009: HH Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC explains the Criminal Justice System and explores some of the challenges it currently faces.

Law and Society: Julie Spence on the public’s perception of crime and justice
2009: Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, discusses why people are more afraid of crime than ever when the statistics show that levels of crime are decreasing.

Law and Society: The Rt Hon Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers discusses alternatives to prison
2007: The Rt Hon Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, discusses alternatives to custody.

Politics: An interview with Professor Klaus Dodds on the Antarctic Treaty
2009: Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, discusses the creation of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, its current geopolitical significance and the challenges it faces in the future.

Politics: An interview with Robert Culshaw on the Antarctic Treaty
2009: Robert Culshaw, Deputy Director of the British Antarctic Survey, talks about how the Antarctic Treaty enables international scientific collaboration.

Religion and Society: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor discusses what the religiosity of America means for the rest of the world
2007: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, discusses the religiousity of America in a conference entitled: The World’s View of America,

Religion and Society: Interview with Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS, on the state of religious news coverage in the UK
2009: Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS – the journalism thinktank at the London School of Economics, discusses the challenges of reporting on religious matters in the 21st century.

Religion and Society: Ruth Gledhill discusses the relationship between religion and the news.
2009: Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent for The Times, talks about the nature of religious news.

Society: An Interview with Danny Kushlick on Drugs Policy
2009: Judge Daniel Pearce-Higgins QC interviews Danny Kushlick, Head of Policy at Transform, about the UK’s drug control policy.

Society: Dr Kate Meagher on how organisations of the poor and marginalised in contemporary Africa could gain political influence
2009: Dr Kate Meagher, of the LSE Development Studies Institute, discusses why social organisations which represent marginalised people in Nigeria fail to influence political decisions taken by government.

Society: Lynne Berry on Social Cohesion
2008: Lynne Berry, Chief Executive of the WRVS, discusses what makes for a cohesive society at a conference entitled “Trumpeting the Voluntary: Social Conscience and the Third Sector”.

Society: Professor Anne Power on the role of the built environment in shaping society
2009: Anne Power, Professor of Social Policy and Director of Housing and Communities at the LSE discusses the possibilities for tackling social problems through the built environment.

Society: Professor Christopher Bigsby on American Culture
2008: Is the exporting of American culture a new form of imperialism? Professor Christopher Bigsby discusses whether there is any such thing as ‘American’ culture.

Society: Professor Frank Furedi discusses the nature of fear in modern society
2009: Professor Frank Furedi, Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent discusses the question: “What is fear and what makes communities confident?”

Society: The Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury on the Built Environment and Climate Change
2009: Lord Smith, Chairman of the Environment Agency, discusses ways to improve our buildings to make them more energy efficient and better able to cope with the challenges of climate change.

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Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity, founded in 1947 to promote ethical discussion and cross-disciplinary collaboration

Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP
Tel: 01784 432 316.
Registered charity: 1108677

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Joyce Gould – Politics and Public Health: HIV 30 Years on

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 28th, 2014

Event Date: 3 December 2013cumberland-lodge_v1
Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP

 

Cumberland Lodge (Health and Society series) presents:

The 3rd Windsor Ethics Lecture

Baroness Gould of Potternewton - Politics and Public Health: HIV 30 Years on

Baroness Gould became a life peer in 1993 and was a Deputy Speaker from 2002 to 2012. Until 2010 she was Chair of the Government’s Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV.  She is currently the co-Chair of the Sexual Health Forum, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary for Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK, and patron of Yorkshire Mesmac, Sussex Beacon and HIV Sport.  Baroness Gould is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare; an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV [BASHH].  In 1997 Baroness Gould was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of the University by Bradford University and from the University of Birmingham City University in 2009, and Greenwich University in 2012.

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The Windsor Ethics Lectures are a collaboration between Cumberland Lodge, and St George’s House Windsor.

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Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity, founded in 1947 to promote ethical discussion and cross-disciplinary collaboration

Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP
Tel: 01784 432 316.
Registered charity: 1108677

Website: www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

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Malcolm Grant – The Technological Revolution in Healthcare: Capturing the Benefits for the NHS

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 25th, 2014

Event Date: 29 May 2014cumberland-lodge_v1
Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP

 

Cumberland Lodge (Health and Society series) presents:

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant CBEThe Technological Revolution in Healthcare: Capturing the Benefits for the NHS

Sir Malcolm is Chairman of NHS England, and is also a trained barrister and academic lawyer. From 2003-2013 he was the President and Provost of University College London. He has served as Chair of the Local Government Commission for England, of the Agriculture and Environmental Biotechnology Commission and the Russell Group of universities. He is currently a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England and of the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong; and he serves as a UK Business Ambassador. He received a CBE in 2013 for services to higher education.
Sir Malcolm’s lecture focuses on his work with the National Health Service.

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Cumberland Lodge is the home of an educational charity, founded in 1947 to promote ethical discussion and cross-disciplinary collaboration

Cumberland Lodge
The Great Park,
Windsor,
Berkshire, SL4 2HP
Tel: 01784 432 316.
Registered charity: 1108677

Website: www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2014 – Friday Debate II

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 18th, 2014


Event Date: 18 July 2014

Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

London Critical Theory Summer School 2014 – Friday Debate II

An invitation to come along and listen to a discussion and debate with academics teaching on the second week of the London Critical Theory Summer School.

Speakers: David Harvey, Stephen FroshEsther Leslie & Slavoj Zizek

Chair: Costas Douzinas

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London Critical Theory Summer School 2014 – Friday Debate I

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 11th, 2014


Event Date: 11 July 2014

Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

London Critical Theory Summer School 2014 – Friday Debate I

An invitation to come along and listen to a discussion and debate with academics teaching on the first week of the London Critical Theory Summer School.

Speakers: Etienne Balibar, Drucilla Cornell , Costas Douzinas & Jacqueline Rose

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Jay Winter – The Great War and Jewish Memory

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 3rd, 2014

Event Date: 3 July 2014
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Jewish Museum and the Fritz Bauer Institut, Frankfurt/Main, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

Professor Jay Winter (Yale) – The Great War and Jewish Memory

The Great War shattered Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi’s celebrated distinction between history and memory in Jewish cultural life.  Jay Winter argues that Jewish history and Jewish memory collided between 1914 and 1918 in ways which transformed both and created a new category he terms ‘historical remembrance’.

The war unleashed both, centripetal forces, moving Jews to the core of their societies and centrifugal forces, dispersing huge populations of Jews in Eastern Europe and Russia, creating terrifying violence, the appearance of which was a precondition for the Holocaust 25 years later.

Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University. His latest monograph René Cassin and the Rights of Man. From the Great War to the Universal Declaration was published in 2013. He is editor-in-chief of the three-volume Cambridge History of the First World War (2014) and a founder of the Historial de la grande guerre at Péronne, Somme, France.

Welcome by Dr Felix Roemer (GHIL):

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Histories of Prejudice: Persecuting Others

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 3rd, 2014

Event Date: 3 July 2014
Room B20
Birkbeck Main Building,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet St
London, WC1E 7HX

 

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism in partnership with the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London and the Raphael Samuel History Centre presents:

Histories of Prejudice: Persecuting Others

This round-table discussion considers the histories, connections and disconnections between groups and peoples which mainstream society frequently classes as ‘outsiders’. Taking Becky Taylor’s new book Another Darkness, Another Dawn, A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers as its starting point, speakers will explore the experiences and prejudices that have shaped the lives of marginalised groups in twentieth century Europe including Roma, Jews, refugees and homosexuals.

Through a wide-ranging discussion they will explore societies’ omnivorous appetites for prejudice, the different kinds of prejudice that have existed over time and ask, why is opposition to prejudice so selective?

Becky Taylor is a Wellcome Research Fellow at the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, her research centres on the relationship between the state and minorities and discourses of inclusion on marginal groups.
Matt Cook is a cultural historian specializing in the history of sexuality and the history of London in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Jessica Reinisch focuses on the migration and displacement of populations in post-war Europe and issues of nationalism, ethnicity and race.

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New Zealand in the First World War

in Academic Service - Archive, conference by on July 3rd, 2014

 

 

Event Date: 3 – 4 July 2014
Room B18,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HX

The New Zealand Studies Network presents:

New Zealand in the First World War

Over 100,000 troops and nurses served in World War One from a New Zealand population of just over one million people.  With one of the highest casualty rates per capita of any nation involved, the impacts on New Zealand were considerable.  But what was a war fought on the other side of the world and in service to Empire really about? The debates about the meaning of this most deadly of wars continue.  Book your place now to hear a unique group of speakers who will consider World War One’s enduring legacy for New Zealand, taking as their themes a broader, cultural perspective and looking at the years leading to war, the war years themselves and the long aftermath.

A selection of papers have been recorded and are available here:

Welcome by Professor  Rod Edmond (Kent):

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Opening of conference by  Rob Taylor (NZ Deputy High Commissioner):

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Introduction to keynote lecture by Anna Davin:

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Keynote Lecture: Professor Charlotte Macdonald (Wellington)- World War One and the Making of Colonial Memory:

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Murray EdmondWhatiwhati taku pene: Three First World War Poems from The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse (1985):

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Harry RickettsDonald H Lea and Alfred Clark: Two New Zealand First World War Poets:

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James Belich – Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One

in Academic Service - Archive by on July 2nd, 2014

 

 

Event Date: 2 July 2014
Room 541,
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street,
London, WC1E 7HX

The New Zealand Studies Network presents:

Professor  James Belich (Oxford) – Better Britons? NZ, Britain and World War One

This lecture considers the effects on each other of New Zealand collective identities and the Great War. Was the shift in the New Zealand self-image during and after the war Anzac, nationalist, or ‘Better British’? The lecture also sets the issue of settler colonial identities in a wider comparative context.

James Belich completed his doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford, while on a Rhodes Scholarship, then worked as a historian and university lecturer in New Zealand. He held the Inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland and then became Research Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Georgetown, and Melbourne. His books include a two-volume history of New Zealand, Making Peoples and Paradise Reforged, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict, which was later made into a television documentary series. His latest book is Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Anglo-world, 1783 -1939 (2009). Since 2011, he has been Beit Professor of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History. He is currently working on the causes of early European expansion.

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