David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright

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Event Date: 11 February 2016
Keynes Library
Birkbeck University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD

The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

David Willetts in Conversation with Tony Wright

Conservative politician and former Universities Minister with a reputation as a big thinker David Willetts joins Tony Wright for an evening in conversation at Birkbeck Politics.
As a Conservative MP from 1992–2015 David Willetts served in the Treasury, held several key Shadow Cabinet roles across a number of portfolios and, from 2010–2014, he was Universities Minister – the man responsible for changes to tuition fees and other reforms in the higher education sector. He is also a significant thinker and policy analyst, the theorist of ‘civic Conservatism’ and the author of a much-discussed controversial book on inter-generational inequality (The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children’s Future – and Why They Should Give It Back).

David Willetts is Executive Chairman of the Resolution Foundation and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was Minister for Universities and Science from 2010-2014 and Member of Parliament for Havant from 1992-2015. In 2015 he was made a member of the House of Lords.

Professor Tony Wright is Professorial Fellow in Politics at Birkbeck College and Professor of Politics at UCL. MP for Cannock Chase from 1992 to 2010, he chaired the Reform of the House of Commons Committee (publishing the influential report ‘Rebuilding the House’ in 2009). He chaired the Public Administration Committee of the House of Commons from 1999 to 2010. He has been co-editor of Political Quarterly from 1995 until 2015. His most recent book is the Second Edition of the very successful British Politics: A Very Short Introduction. Currently he is a member of The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

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Half-day Workshop on Reading Capital

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Event Date: 11 February 2016
Swedenborg Hall
20-21 Bloomsbury Way
London WC1A 2TH

 

 

 

The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) presents:

Half-day Workshop on Reading Capital

2015 was the 50th anniversary of the original publication of Reading Capital by Louis Althusser, Etienne Balibar et al, a text that was to become a landmark in the history of both French thought and international Marxism. In this half-day workshop, we celebrate this anniversary by returning to two central philosophical themes of the book: Causality: Structure and Immanence and Time: Structure and History.

Speakers:

  • Etienne Balibar  
  • Katja Diefenbach
  • Peter Hallward
  • Peter Osborne
  • Stefano Pippa

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Introductory remarks by Professor Peter Hallward (Kingston):

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Professor Peter Osborne (Kingston):

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Jim Mallinson – A History of Yoga and Yoga Scholarship

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Event Date: 11 February 2016
Royal Asiatic Society
14 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

 

The Royal Asiatic Society presents:

Dr Sir Jim Mallinson (SOAS) – A History of Yoga and Yoga Scholarship

Introduction by Dr Gordon Johnson (President, RAS):

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Shannon Winnubst – An Ethics of Opacity: Fearing Difference in the 21st Century

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Event Date: 11 February 2016
Lecture Theatre E003,
Granary Building,
Central Saint Martins,
London N1C 4AA

 

 

 

The MA Gender without Borders at Kingston University, and the London Graduate School in collaboration with Art and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins present:

Professor Shannon Winnubst (Ohio State University/Utrecht, author of Way too Cool) – An Ethics of Opacity: Fearing Difference in the 21st Century

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Arthur Bradley – Untimely Ripp’d: Macbeth’s Children

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Event Date: 11 February 2016
Rose Theatre,
24-26 High Street,
Kingston, KT1 1HL

 

The Kingston Shakespeare Seminar

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” and Trevor Nunn staged the Barton / Hall ‘Wars of the Roses’. 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.

Professor Arthur Bradley (Lancaster) – Untimely Ripp’d: Macbeth’s Children

Introduction by Professor Richard Wilson (Kingston):

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Anne Phillips – ‘Are we not both human beings?’

in Academic Service - Archive by on February 10th, 2016

Event Date: 10 February 2016
Room B04
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London, WC1H 0PD

The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life presents:

Paul Hirst Memorial Lecture

Professor Anne Phillips (LSE)  – ‘Are we not both human beings?’

In ‘On Humanity in Dark Times’, Hannah Arendt questions the limitations of a humanism that pretends to a commonality while evading the reality of a ‘world become inhuman’. I take this as a starting point for an exploration of the notion of the human. Though the assertion of our common humanity remains a powerful ethical and political ideal, it too often involves either a substantive account of what it is to be human that then becomes the basis for gradations, or else a stripped down contentless account that denies important differences. We need to think of the human, rather, as an enactment of and commitment to equality.

Anne Phillips is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science and Professor of Political and Gender Theory at the London School of Economics. Her work has been influential in questioning liberal positions in contemporary political thought, and provides important insights into feminist theory and politics, democracy, equality, multiculturalism, and difference. She is the author of Engendering Democracy (Polity, 1991), The Politics of Presence (Clarendon Press, 1995), Which Equalities Matter (Polity, 1999), Multiculturalism without Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007), and Our Bodies, Whose Property? (Princeton University Press). Her latest book is The Politics of the Human (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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Laurie Nevay – How to build a Particle Accelerator

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Event Date: 9 February 2016
Windsor Auditorium
Royal Holloway
University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

The Department of Physics at Royal Holloway University of London presents:

Dr Laurie Nevay (Centre for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway) – How to build a Particle Accelerator

Particle accelerators such as the LHC at CERN are often in the headlines for the cutting edge physics discoveries they produce. However, the physical task of building and running these machines is a great achievement in itself.

In this lecture, Dr Nevay will give an insight into how these marvellous machines work, how you would go about building one and how to stop your multi-billion pound accelerator exploding!

For further information please contact: physics.outreach@rhul.ac.uk

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Dan Stone – Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection

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Event Date: 9 February 2016
Room B33
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents:

Professor Dan Stone (Royal Holloway, University of London) – Race Theory, Anthropology and the Jewish Connection

In the nineteenth century, anthropologists, eager to discover the origins of and demarcations between different “races”, regularly looked to the Jews – believed to be a pure and long-existing race – to test their theories. Taking these early anthropological ideas we can see how modern race theory was constructed. This lecture will deal with notions of racial purity, racial origins and the desire of pioneer anthropologists to “sort out” different racial groups. Professor Stone will conclude by connecting the discussion with today’s attempts to discover “Jewish genes” and to develop ethnically-directed medicine.
Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests include: the history of anthropology, the history of and interpretation of the Holocaust, and comparative genocide. His most recent publications include: Goodbye to All That? The Story of Europe since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Liberation of the Camps: The End of the Holocaust and its Aftermath (Yale University Press, 2015).

This lecture is one of a series being held alongside the Blood exhibition at the Jewish Museum London (5 November 2015 – 28 February 2016), which was conceived in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism.

Introduction by Professor David Feldman (Director, Pears Institute):

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Craig Bennett – What is progress? How are we doing, and where next?

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Event Date: 8 February 2016

Windsor Auditorium

Royal Holloway University of London
Egham, Surrey
TW20 0EX

Sustainability Lecture

Craig Bennett (Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth) – What is progress? How are we doing, and where next?

“You can’t stop progress” is the lazy heckle sometimes directed at environmentalists. But what is “progress”? As a species, how are we really doing and where should we be going next?  In this lecture, Craig Bennett will look at the evolution of the concept of “progress”. What does it mean, what should it mean, and what should “progress” really look like this century? Might modern positive environmentalism represent real progress? In which case, who are the real enemies of progress? And critically what role for universities and business schools?

Introduction by Professor Bob O’Keefe (Vice Principal, RHUL):

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Jules Holroyd – What do We Want from a Model of Implicit Cognition?

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Event Date: 8 February 2016
Room 22/26
Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU

The Aristotelian Society presents:

Dr Jules Holroyd (Nottingham) – What do We Want from a Model of Implicit Cognition?

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