Russia's Place in the World

Bridget Kendall

One hundred years ago, Russia shocked the world when it swept away centuries of tsarist autocracy and replaced it with a revolutionary regime which was to usher in over seventy years of one party Communist rule. In 1991 it stunned the world again when Soviet Communism collapsed and a new Russian state was born. Throughout this time and still today, Russia’s relations with its European neighbours have waxed and waned. At times it has been an ally of the West, at times seen as a threat. So how are we to understand  Russia’s place in the world?

19th March 2018, 7:00pm

In the Beginning was the Word – singing the poet's song in a foreign land

Dr Derek McCulloch & Café Mozart

In 1781, a date of some significance for the Lit & Phil, Joseph Haydn published his first set of songs in Vienna. These were published in London soon after, in 1786, by the respected composer William Shield, set to English words. Haydn's second set...

1st March 2018, 7:00pm

The Life and Work of James Clerk Maxwell

Professor Kenneth Letherman DSc

Physicists have for the past 150 years recognised James Clerk Maxwell as a giant figure in physical science, and he holds a unique position among them, although unlike Newton, Einstein and Richard Feynman, his name has not become widely known...

5th March 2018, 7:00pm

Diamonds to DNA: the women who revealed the hidden structures of nature

Georgina Ferry

In the 20th century, 3 women pioneered discoveries in X-ray crystallography that are critical to biology research and drug discovery today. How did these women succeed at a time when women were under-represented among scientists and few women had professional careers of any kind?

15th March 2018, 7:00pm