Gresham College are hosting some fantastic free lectures; if you have school contacts, students can still enter our oracy competition for Year 12 until November 15 at 8am. Read more about this exciting chance to hone public presentation skills: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges/gresham-competition
Partition of British India: 75 Years On by Kavita Puri
The partition of British India in 1947 was the world’s largest migration outside war and famine. It may feel like a distant historical event, but 75 years on its impact continues to resonate in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and in Britain.
Tuesday 1 November 2022, 6pm-7pm David Game College, Aldgate or Online/ Watch Later: Ticketed, free
The End of Our Sun by Professor Katherine Blundell
Our nearest star, that is the engine sustaining life on Earth, will one day run out of fuel. When this happens, the Sun will start expanding dramatically, forming a red giant and engulfing much of the solar system including the inner planets, vaporizing oceans; formerly icy planets will become habitable.
Wednesday 2 November 2022, 6pm-7pm David Game College, Aldgate or Online/ Watch Later: Ticketed, free
Opposition in Russia; The Trials of Alexei Navalny by Professor Thomas Grant KC
Alexei Navalny is the leading opposition leader in Russia. He is also currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in a Russian correctional colony. This lecture will consider more widely the state of the rule of law in Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.
Monday 7 November 2022, 6pm Barnard’s Inn Hall or Online/ Watch Later: Ticketed, free
Polio: A Cultural History By Professor Joanna Bourke
Polio has a major role in the cultural history of the West. The early symptoms – which were often mild flu-like symptoms – would end in paralysis. Vaccinations against the disease proved controversial, given their trials on incarcerated prisoners and the use of “poster children”.
Thursday 10 November 2022, 6pm-7pm Barnard’s Inn Hall, or Online/ Watch Later: Ticketed, free
Love, Trust & Crypto by Professor Raghavendra Rau
The crypto movement began as a reaction to the concentration of economic power in the traditional financial system (and associated financial crises). It involved the creation of a new type of financial recording system, that did not depend on any one individual keeping records, did not allow falsification, and prevented fraud and double spending. But how does the technology actually work? How would the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet have played out had crypto been around in the sixteenth century?
Monday 14 November 2022, 5pm-6pm, Barnard’s Inn Hall, or Online/ Watch Later: Ticketed, free
The Maths of Game Theory by Professor Sarah Hart
When we buy, sell, bargain, barter, bid at auctions, and compete for resources, we want to be sure that we are using the best strategies. Game theory can help us understand precisely these kinds of situations.