Degree Studies at West Suffolk College is excited to announce the 2019-20 public lecture series with speakers covering a wide range of topics.
The lectures all take place in the E1.01 Lecture Theatre in Suffolk House, the Degree Studies building at West Suffolk College, Out Risbygate.
These are free events open to everyone, we particularly welcome the attendance of students.
Book a space on one or more lectures:
29 January 20
Dr Rebecca Pinner, Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture, University of East Anglia
When is a Viking not a Viking? St Edmund and the Vikings in Medieval Manuscripts
An exploration of the curious ways in which the Vikings who martyred St Edmund are depicted in medieval illuminated manuscripts from Bury St Edmunds.
19 February 20
Professor Mark Bailey, University of East Anglia
The Black Death in late medieval England
The Black Death of 1348-9 is the greatest catastrophe in recorded history, and occurred at a time of severe global climatic instability. This lecture, drawing on examples from East Anglia, explores the main human responses to the environmental upheaval.
25 March 20
Andy Leeder, Chief Examiner for Geography GCSE at Eduqas
A world of stereotypes!
Often stereotypical views shape the way the British public see the world; that said, we are not unique in this trait. Is this through ignorance, or perhaps an unwillingness to rethink our attitudes as the world changes around us? This talk explores such stereotypes and why we should seriously consider changing our thinking.
29 April 20
Georgia Philip, Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia
Fathers, Families and Children’s Services: Insights from new research on father engagement
Georgia Philip shares insights from her work on two major projects looking at fathers’ experiences of child protection services and of care proceedings, to argue why, and how, child welfare professionals can work more effectively with fathers.
27 May 20
Edward Startup, Programme Manager for the organisation ‘Beyond Carnism’ (founded by international author Dr Melanie Joy) and the Centre for Receptive Vegan Advocacy
Can veganism save the world?
This lecture explores the ecological, ethical and health claims made for the benefits of a vegan lifestyle for the individual and society. The opportunities and challenges faced by veganism as a social justice movement are considered.
24 June 20
George Morton-Jack, British Historian and Lawyer
The Untold Story of the Indian Army in the First World War
This lecture re-traces the footsteps of the Indian army (1.5 million men) who in 1914-18 served about the globe from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Indian Ocean. After years of neglect George Morton Jack raises the curtain on this forgotten history.