Hammering Two New Nails in Malthus's Coffin with Genetic Engineering

Professor Jonathan Gressel

The world's seven-and-a-half billion people are dependent on just four crop species (wheat, rice, maize, and soybeans) for 80% of their calorific intake: we could be one global plant disease outbreak from a global famine. With these crop species, classical plant breeding, of the type that over the past century and a half has made potatoes less vulnerable to Phytophthera infestans, is unlikely to produce results, as genetic diversity has already been bred out of these species over the millennia of their cultivation. We need ways of inserting new genes for desirable characteristics.


8th September 2016, 7pm

AGM: Transport Curiosities and Relics in the North West

Dr Angus McDougall

The Society's Annual General Meeting followed by a lecture by Member Dr Angus McDougall on the Transport Curiosities of the North West.

Members Only

21st September 2016, 6pm

The Dirty Thirties: Woody Guthrie, the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression

Professor Will Kaufman

The Dirty Thirties is a 'live documentary' exploring the songs of Woody Guthrie and their origins in one of the most turbulent times in American history.  

28th September 2016, 7pm

Architecture is Political

Professor Albena Yaneva

In this lecture Professor Yaneva will ask the questions: how, when, and under what circumstances can design practice generate political relations? How can architectural design become more 'political'?

3rd October 2016, 7pm

S. And J. Watts : founders of a great wholesale empire and of Kendal Milne

Dr Diana Leitch

In this lecture the Lit & Phil President, Dr Diana Letich, will explore the histories of Samuel and James Watts, from their fortunes from enormous a wholesale business in Manchester to their acquisition of Abney and Burnage Halls.

11th October 2016, 7pm

35 Years of Chaos - Have We Learned Anything Important?

Professor Stephen Scott

This lecture will draw on chemistry, combustion and biology to try to answer questions such as ‘how has chaos changed our general understanding of how nature can behave’, ‘how much complexity is really needed for chaos’ and ‘can we make use of it’? 

18th October 2016, 7pm