Journalism, Whistleblowing and the Security State

in Academic Service - Archive by on November 20th, 2014

Event Date: 20 November 2014
Room B04
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, Birkbeck, University of London in collaboration with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition  presents:

Journalism, Whistleblowing and the Security State

This unique event brings together a group of whistleblowers from the US national security state to address UK academics, activists and journalists. Panellists will discuss recent threats to independent journalism and whistleblowing on both sides of the Atlantic, placing developments in the context of massive surveillance and the on-going War on Terror.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Matthew Hoh, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and former US embassy representative in Afghanistan who became the highest-ranking U.S. official to publicly renounce policy in Afghanistan in 2009.
  • Coleen Rowley, an attorney and former FBI special agent who was among the first to expose some of the agency’s pre-9/11 failures, and was one of three whistleblowers named as Time Magazine’s persons of the year in 2002.
  • Norman Solomon is the coordinator of ExposeFacts.org and the author of a dozen books on media and public policy including *War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death*.
  • J. Kirk Wiebe is a retired National Security Agency whistleblower who worked at the agency for 36 years until October 2001. Since then, he has made several key public disclosures regarding the NSA’s massive surveillance programmes.
  • Katharine Gun is a former translator for the GCHQ who leaked a top secret memo in 2003 revealing NSA spying operations at the UN. Gun was subsequently charged under the Official Secrets Act but the case was dropped after the prosecution offered no evidence. Given the backdrop of impending war with Iraq at the time, Daniel Ellsberg called Gun’s leak “the most important and courageous” he had ever seen.

The meeting is  chaired by Dr Justin Schlosberg from the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck

Order of speakers: Justin Schlosberg, Katharine Gun, Matthew HohColeen Rowley, J. Kirk Wiebe and Norman Solomon

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Irene Morra – Britten’s National Opera: “Gloriana” and the Shakespeare Problem

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Event Date: 20 November 2014
Rose Theatre,
24-26 High Street,
Kingston, KT1 1HL

 

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminars

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar (KiSS) brings leading Shakespeare scholars to the Rose, which the director Peter Hall created to be a “teaching theatre”. Here Sir Peter directed Dame Judi Dench in a celebrated production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. But KiSS also commemorates Kingston’s historic connection with Shakespeare, which goes back to David Garrick – who lived here, and built the beautiful Shakespeare Temple beside the Thames – and to the very first royal performances of some of his greatest plays in the Great Hall at Hampton Court.

Dr Irene Morra (Cardiff) – Britten’s National Opera: “Gloriana”  and the Shakespeare Problem

Introduction by Dr Helen Julia Minors (Kingston):

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Peter Osborne – Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and outside relations of exchange

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Event Date: 20 November 2014
Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building,
Central Saint Martins,
London N1C 4AA

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and the London Graduate School in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins present:

Opening Lecture of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy’s 20th Anniversary Public Lecture Series, in association with the London Graduate School.

Professor Peter Osborne (CRMEP) – Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and outside relations of exchange

Borrowing its title from the 2010 film by Phil Collins centred on the teaching of a class on Marx’s Capital to young people in eastern Germany, after reunification, this talk will reflect upon the revival of interest in Marx’s critique of political economy, its continuing – indeed, increasing – relevance to the social experience of capitalist societies, and the possibilities of a new philosophical interpretation of Capital, centred on its complex structure of temporal categories. In particular, drawing on Walter Benjamin’s deployment of a proliferating variety of forms of cultural and political use-values (entertainment-value, exhibition-value, consumer-value, cult-value, connoiseur-value, authority-value and, crucially, education-value – Lehrwert), attention will be paid to the dialectic of use-value and exchange-value internal to the commodity form and the problematic of the political function of cultural use-values.

Introductions by  Dr Christopher Kul-Want and Yaiza Hernández Velazquez (both CSM):

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Being Human in King Lear

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Event Date: 17 November 2014
University of Birmingham
Lecture Room 4, 1st floor, Arts Building
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT

The University of Birmingham presents:

Being Human in King Lear
Perspectives from contemporary theatre and medical practice

This panel discussion will feature Dr Erin Sullivan in conversation with 1623 theatre company, who in 2013-14 have been working on a new Arts Council-funded project called Lear/dementia.

The project takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s King Lear, which itself questions the nature of the human mind and what happens to it as a result of ageing, trauma, and loss. Lear/dementia looks at the issues King Lear raises from a contemporary perspective, focusing in particular on the understanding and experience of dementia today.

Dr Sullivan will talk with 1623 artistic director Ben Spiller and creative producer Christopher Lydon about the process that they developed for this project, which involved learning from people living with dementia at three Derbyshire care homes (as well as their professional carers and family members), a digital public participatory project called Let Me Not Be Mad, diagnosing King Lear with medical professionals and using that work to devise a new theatrical response to King Lear.

The panel will explore how the arts can help us better understand what it means to ‘be human’, as well as how they might enrich and extend that experience.

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Paulina Sliwa – Understanding and Knowing

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Event Date: 17 November 2014
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Paulina Sliwa (Cambridge) – Understanding and Knowing

Paulina Sliwa is a University Lecturer in Philosophy and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. She received her PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree from Balliol College, Oxford. Her research interests are in Epistemology, Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Recently, she has written about higher-order evidence, moral testimony, moral motivation, and the nature of moral praise and blame.

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Greg Barker – Climate Change: Can we rise to the challenge?

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Event Date: 13 November 2014

Windsor Auditorium

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway University Sustainability Lecture

The Rt Hon Greg Barker MP (MP for Bexhill and Battle) – Climate Change: Can we rise to the challenge?

Greg Barker MP was Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change between 2010 and 2014. In this Lecture he talks about the challenges and successes of promoting the green agenda in times of austerity, not least as a UK representative at all major international Climate Change negotiations. Now looking to a future in the private sector, he also reflects on his ongoing role to advise the Prime Minister on “Green” policies for the Conservative Party at the forthcoming general election.

Introduction by Professor Bob O’Keefe ( Vice-Principal for External Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Management & Economics, RHUL):

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Paul Bailey – Chinese Workers in World War One France: An Overlooked Episode in the History of Chinese Foreign Policy and Chinese Labour

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Event Date: 9 October 2014
Royal Asiatic Society
Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Professor Paul Bailey (Durham) – Chinese Workers in World War One France: An Overlooked Episode in the History of Chinese Foreign Policy and Chinese Labour

Introduction by Professor Peter Robb (President, RAS):

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Tom Boggis – Curating the Historic House: Collections and Context

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Event Date: 12 November 2014

Picture Gallery

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Tom BoggisCurating the Historic House: Collections and Context

The second in the series ‘Making Space for Art’ this talk will look at the challenges and presentation approaches of curating art displayed in its historic context, including the historic buildings and interiors for which art might have been commissioned, or the domestic spaces in which it was displayed. It will look at the role of the curator beyond individual objects and explore ideas of curatorship of spaces and of ‘spirit of place’.

Tom Boggis works for English Heritage as a Collections Curator in their London & East region, and covers the collections at Audley End House in Essex and Marble Hill House in Richmond. He has worked previously for the National Trust and for a private collection (the Derby Collection).

Felix Driver, Professor of Human Geography, will act as respondent before questions are opened up to the floor.

Introduction by Dr Laura McCulloch (Curator, Picture Gallery, RHUL):

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Voices and Books 1500-1800 Public Workshop 3

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Tuesday 11 November, 2014
The Conference Centre
British Library,
96 Euston Rd,
London NW1 2DB

Newcastle University  present:

Voices and Books 1500-1800

Public Workshop 3

An AHRC-funded Public Workshop

Convenor: Dr Arnold Hunt

How did people read aloud in the past? How do we do that now? And why does it matter that we recover and reflect on this experience? At this workshop we will discuss the many different ways in which the experience of listening to books, past and present, can be recorded and analysed, and the archives we might use, from the British Library’s Sound Archive to The Reading Experience Database. We will also hear and talk with the award-winning poet and radio broadcaster, Professor Sean O’Brien, about writing for listeners.

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Professor Chris Reid (QMUL) – Parliamentary Voices: Speaking and Reporting in the House of Commons, 1750-1800

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Dr Arnold Hunt (British Library) – Reading sermons aloud, 1600-1900

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Professor Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham) – Speech and Style in Early Modern Drama: lessons from the Shirley Project

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Dr Josie Billington (Liverpool) – Shared Reading Aloud in Contemporary Practice: The Reader Project

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Dr Shafquat Towheed (Open University) – Recovering readers and listeners 1500-1800 for The Reading Experience Database

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Professor  Sean O’Brien (Newcastle) reads a selection of his poetry and answer questions about the practice of reading poetry aloud

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Slavoj Zizek – Towards a Materialist Notion of Freedom: Neurosciences and Freedom

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Event Date: 11 November 2014

Room B34
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents:

Slavoj Zizek – Towards a Materialist Notion of Freedom

2 Lectures

Lecture 2 – Neurosciences and Freedom 

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