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.

2018

Despite being the most common non-infective disease in the world, we really know remarkably little about osteoarthritis. This talk will discuss the history, cause and features of the disease and how revolutionary new medical technology will change how we diagnose, investigate and treat it.

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Art on Death Row

Mary Vaughan

The link between prison and artistic endeavour has a long history. There are currently over 3,000 people facing many years on Death Row in the US, a large proportion of whom have experienced trauma, mental health issues, and poor legal representation. This lecture will talk about their art, their inspiration and their difficulties in obtaining suitable materials & outlets.

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Every two minutes somewhere in the world a woman dies of cervical cancer – a preventable disease. There are some big challenges ahead, but can cervical cancer ultimately be eliminated in our lifetime?

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The first day-time seminar to be organised by the Science and Technology Section will be presented and lead by Dr John Proctor. His talk will describe his current and recent work on the nature of liquids and solids under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure.
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We are seeing the greatest mass migration ever, driven by conflict, population growth & economic inequality. This lecture will highlight the impact of global forces on communities & vulnerable individuals, and how this misery is exploited by gangs & the indifference of the developed world.

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"Willy Loman is an ordinary man, he’s the New England man, he’s well-liked. For thirty-six years he’s been on the road, paying his way and one day he’s going to come good. When his son Biff returns home, suddenly things are looking up. Because you reap what you sow, right?"

Our next Theatre Group trip is to see Death of a Salesman on 25 October.

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Alderley Edge has a rich, complex history of geology, archaeology, early mining and social history. For many people it remains a special place, and its legend of a sleeping king, a wizard and a hoard of treasure is still very much alive...

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It is 28 years since the IPCC's first report and a quarter of a century since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit – such heady days of international hope and optimism. Now, in 2018 and with the benefit of hindsight, we can look back and trace our voyage of abject failure...

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The NHS at 70

Sir David Dalton

This the NHS turns 70 and has been described as “the closest thing the English have to a religion”. However, the organisation still receives criticsm as it does praise and there are still significant discrepencies in health care outcomes. This lecture will try to answer how we can understand the reality and complexities of one of the largest organisations in the world.

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Lit & Phil AGM 2018 followed by lecture by Immediate Past President, Dr Diana Leitch.

AGM is at 6.30 p.m. and the lecture will start at 7.30 p.m.

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Following two successful events during spring 2018, the Arts Section will again be running a theatre-going group in 2018/19. We can announce that the first visit will be to see Queen Margaret, a new play loosely based around Shakespeare’s Henry VI plays, dramatising the Wars of the Roses and seen through the eyes of Margaret of Anjou.

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Innovation and technological progess are propelling us towards a future that is unlike anything that has happened before, triggering the most fundamental social change since we left the caves. When that happens, about 40 years from now, how will we handle it?

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In our last lecture of the 2017/18 season, Derek McCulloch, translator, professional singer and music historian, investigates what is actually meant by a ‘song’ and its complex relationship with words, and the issues of poetic translation in the crossing of linguistic and cultural borders

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This year's Manchester Lecture will be on the 70th anniversary of the 'Baby' computer, featuring demonstrations of the 'Baby' replica at the Museum of Science & Industry...

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Following the very positive response to the idea of organising a theatre group for Lit & Phil members, and the plan to see The Cherry Orchard in April, our next venture will be to see Samuel Beckett’s modern classic: Happy Days, starring Maxine Peake, again at the Royal Exchange.

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“I was the first in my family to receive a university education and have never lost the desire to teach, research and spread the word about the value of learning.”

Percival Lecture – Members Only – Limited places

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Who are the Humanitarians now?

Professor Tony Redmond

The word humanitarian has evolved over the years into a shorthand description for good works and those who do them - usually in someone else’s country. Both Mother Theresa and Michael Jackson were described as humanitarians...

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Why do we get Fat – and how does it make us ill?

Professor Sir Stephen O'Rahilly FRS

Obesity is a major and growing threat to global public health.  In this talk Stephen O’Rahilly will focus on two broad questions. Firstly, in the face of modern “obesogenic” environment to which most of us are exposed, why do some people become obese while others remain lean...

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Fifty years ago humans saw the whole Earth from the outside for the first time: the crew of Apollo 8, who orbited the Moon at Christmas 1968. The sight of the Earth rising over the lunar surface took them by surprise but the photo they took, now known to the world as ‘Earthrise’...

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Today we live in a world that can no longer be read as a two-dimensional map, but must now be understood as a series of vertical strata that reach from the satellites that encircle our planet to the tunnels deep within the ground.  Stephen Graham rethinks the city at every level...

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