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Chris Lintott appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy
Lintott’s lectures will incorporate breaking news and new discoveries
22 Jun 2023
Milton Mermikides appointed 37th Gresham Professor of Music
His first series The Nature of Music, examines the universal building blocks of music
13 June 2023
How Pagan Was Medieval Britain?
British Christianity made paganism redundant
7 June 2023
Alan Turing: Pioneer of Mathematical Biology
His pioneering work is finding further applications today
6 June 2023
The Risks of Technology in Business
Does technology work to level the playing field, or actually deepen bias?
5 June 2023
Sickle Cell Disease: A Cultural History
Initially viewed as an exclusively ‘Black disease’
1 June 2023
Do We Need the Police?
Policing has often served the function of protecting the ruling class
25 May 2023
Christopher Wren’s medical discoveries
First intravenous drugs, fluid and blood, and first ‘resuscitation’
17 May 2023
The Mathematical Life of Florence Nightingale
Polar area diagrams paved path to improve hospital conditions
16 May 2023
Dementia: A Cultural History
Is ‘Ageism’ still one of ‘the most acceptable forms’ of discrimination?
11 May 2023
The Future of Tall Buildings
Are they sustainable now? And can they become more sustainable in future?
27 April 2023
Finding Lost Gods in Wales
Evidence of paganism in Welsh medieval manuscripts is frustratingly inconclusive
26 April 2023
Architects and Engineers: Making Infrastructure Beautiful
Explores the roles of beauty and longevity in ‘good’ infrastructure
25 April 2023
Reclaiming Women in the Hebrew Bible
Explores the wide variety of women’s roles including leaders, foreign agents and carer
25 April 2023
Do We Need Criminal Law?
Lecture will choose between abolitionism and reformism
Thursday 20 April 2023
What Is the Role of Nuclear Power in a Net Zero System?
Nuclear energy has ‘the lowest’ carbon footprint, lower even than renewables
Embargo: 19 April 7pm
Gene Editing: A New Legal Frontier
Looks at the complex ethical arguments around its potential to 'enhance' humans
17 April 2023
Women Leaders in Early Christianity
Why did the place of women in the church change?
05 April 2023
Who Benefited from the British Empire?
4 April 2023
Portraits of Native Americans from Pocahontas to Sitting Bull
Portraits are ‘contact zones where two radically different cultures confront each other’
28 March 2023
Medieval Agricultural Revolution
New scientific evidence for early adoption of crop rotation
23 March 2023
How Microbes Manipulate Life
Explores the “dark and disturbing world of microbial manipulators”
22 March 2023
Defeating Digital Viruses
Looks at the hyperbolic language of ‘cyber pandemic’ sowing fear, uncertainty and doubt
21 March 2023
Landscapes of Roman Britain
Now thought to be densely populated
15 March 2023
Picturesque Engineering: Telford’s Highland Roads and Bridges
Chronicling massive public works to slow the depopulation of the Highlands
14 March 2023
Sleep and Mental Health
Do mental disorders trigger insomnia, or is it the other way round?
13 March 2023
The Carbon Cycle behind Net Zero
Explores why ‘Geological Net Zero’ must be the aim of any Net Zero Strategy
7 March 2023
Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II
2 March 2023
Kept alive by Georgette Heyer in the twentieth century
1 March 2023
Big Data in Business
Looks at examples from Target to Netflix to Google Translate
27 Feb 2023
Stonehenge: a History
Looks at how conceptions of ‘race’ and empire influenced ideas about Stonehenge
23 Feb 2023
Queen Victoria: Images of Power and Empire
Images range from Empress of India to the Widow of Windsor
15 February 2023
What's the Problem with Encryption?
Do we really have nothing to fear about back doors in end-to-end encryption?
15 February 2023
Diminished and Augmented Chords
Discusses diminished 7th chord and its use to create sublime terror
9 February 2023
Living with Mental Health
We need to start thinking about mental well-being from birth
6 February 2023
Slavery and the British Economy
Describes brutal punishment and regime of terror during slave trade
7 February 2023
Do We Need Barristers?
There is no sensible reason for a split profession
2 February 2023
The Ocean Physics Behind Net Zero
To halt warming, carbon dioxide levels need to decline. How fast is still an open question
31 January 2023
Six strategies for maximising your lottery winnings using mathematics and probability
31 January 2023
Louis XIV: Versailles, Europe and the Arts
Looks at the reign of one of the most passionate and wide ranging arts patrons in history
25 January 2023
Students compete in final of Gresham Schools Competition
25 January 2023
DeFi, Crypto and NFTs in Business
Over the past 15 years, crypto has built an entire financial system from scratch
23 January 2023
Medical Experts in the Family Court
Discusses ‘clash’ of law and medicine in the family court
19 January 2023
Breast Cancer: A Cultural History
12 January 2023
How humans ‘domesticated’ microbial chemistry in food production and the evolution of antibiotics
11 January 2023
Coronary Heart Disease
Still the second leading cause of mortality in the UK
10 January 2023
Paganism in Roman Britain
Which new gods came with the Romans?
7 December 2022
How to Fight Fake News
Looks at solutions for growing online disinformation
6 December 2022
Israel-Palestine Conflict: Religion, Violence and Peacebuilding
What hope is there of a just, sustainable peace in Israel-Palestine in future?
5 December 2022
Do We Need Judges?
Is vesting power in judges undemocratic?
1 December 2022
London Air: the 70th Anniversary of the Great London Smog
25 November 2022
How to apply Game Theory to Duels, House Buying and Love
How to use Game Theory in the Everyday Real-world applications
22 November 2022
Polio: A Cultural History
‘I am not polio!’ How cultural perceptions of ‘the crippler’ (polio) dehumanized millions of people
10 November 2022
Why Did Europe’s Economies Diverge from Asia?
Did the Great Divergence stem from Western Europe draining the wealth of colonised countries? Was it down to the use of coal that broke resource constraints? Or were other factors in play?
8 November 2022
The Partition of British India: 75 Years On
Uncovering the hidden, traumatic memories that haunt British South Asians
1 November 2022
Exposome: “a potential measure of the effects of life course exposures on health”
the 20-year gap in healthy life between wealthiest and poorest in England
27 October 2022
The Politics of Fabric and Fashion in Africa, 1960-Today
Renaissance and re-valorisation of African textile traditions and fashions after independence
20 October 2022
Who Owns the Internet?
Just as road safety requires a whole society response, so too with the Internet
7 September 2022