Past events

Information about the past few years' lectures are listed below.

If you have a query about a lecture given earlier than 2013, please contact the office and they can consult the Society's archives.

2020

Summer 2020 season

All lectures postponed

Our Summer season was due to start on Monday 20th April but as we have all been advised to restrict social contact for the forseeable future...(click for further information)

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UPDATE 30/03/20 - We are hoping to broadcast an online event with Dr Kirstie Whitaker in the next couple of weeks.  Please check back for further news...

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UPDATE 16/03/2020 0915am: As the RNCM has now closed its doors to all public events, this lecture is now cancelled.

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UPDATE 16/03/2020 0915am: As the RNCM has now closed its doors to all public events, this lecture is now cancelled.

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UPDATE 09/03: We regret that due to illness the speaker is unable to attend.  Instead, a lecture entitled 'Bridge Over Windermere' will be given by the Head of the Social Philosophy Committee, Peter Barnes.  This lecture will discuss the history of the Windermere ferry from Roman times until today.

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We are pleased to announce that the next theatre group visit to the Royal Exchange Theatre will be to see Wuthering Heights*, directed by Bryony Shanahan.

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Fusion power offers the prospect of a secure energy supply which is inherently safe, free from greenhouse emissions and potentially capable of supplying baseload electricity production needs for future generations.

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In June 2017, a few weeks after the Manchester Arena attack, Manchester International Festival opened with a very public event – What Is the City but the People?, created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and director Richard Gregory.

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Even as recently as 1950, little was understood about the functions of the frontal lobes, which occupy a large proportion of the grey matter of the human brain. Damage to these structures caused by traumatic accident and neurosurgery produced inconsistent effects...

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For Ruskin the study of buildings was inseparable from the study of nature.  He held that all true ‘forms and thoughts’ in architecture were ‘directly taken from natural objects’ (Works 8.141).

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Imagine a world where everything is connected to everything else through the Internet. Your home senses, understands and adapts to your every need; shopping is fully automated with goods being delivered by drones...

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*Lecure cancelled due to unexpected circumstances*

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Formula for Thrill

Professor Brendan Walker

Many people are passionate about theme parks, roller coasters, and thrill rides of all sorts. But did you know there's both an art and a science to creating these thrilling adventures in real life?

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2019

The Lit & Phil’s autumn term will round off with a festive musical event at the Royal Northern College of Music, with the ‘Café Band’ playing a selection of music for us. 

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Environment Time-Capsules (Eco-TCs) were buried in 1994 in the Botanic Gardens at Kew, Ness, and in South Africa, the Seychelles, Mount Annan near Sydney and in Mexico.  These were designed as a Warning, an Apology and a Promise.

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Hardly a week goes past without a media focus on the mental ill-health of young people with concerns over a “crisis” or even an “epidemic”. In particular the stories ask: is this a more suicidal generation?

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John Harris, in conversation with Brian Tyler, will describe his experiences and involvement with the nuclear industry over the last 60 years.

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Anthony Ogus will provide an account of George Bernard Shaw's life in the late 1880s and early 1890s, before he concentrated on his career as a dramatist. He was then a prominent and popular music critic, writing weekly and often outrageous articles under the pseudonym Cornetto di Basso.

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Work-related positive and negative influences on psychological well-being are much less apparent than factors that affect physical health and even for well-intentioned managers it may be hard to grasp the key drivers of well-being at work.

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Now You're Talking

Professor Trevor Cox

Join Trevor, as he explores the most exquisite acoustic source: the human voice. Your voice is integral to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words, but also by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent.

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