Guest Lectures & Debates

Join us for a series of lively talks and interactive discussions with topics ranging from behavioural psychology to astronomy and ludicrous art to the US elections.
Develop a better understanding of issues facing the contemporary world – both nationally and internationally – and engage in informed discussion around our history and contemporary society.
  1. 'Seeing it through': the Home Front in Britain during the First and Second World Wars

    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course explores the domestic impact of world war. Aspects covered include shortages, labour mobilisation (including that of women), aliens and conscious objectors. Also considered are air attacks, daily life (including leisure), aftermath and Remembrance.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict and study the peace process of the 1990s: Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. The US and Latin America: from the Cuban Revolution to Trump's border wall

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. How to start a revolution: according to Lenin

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'What is to be done?' asked Lenin in 1902, as the Tsarist autocracy crept towards its Tercentenary. Fifteen years later, the Bolsheviks - led by Lenin - took control of Russia's seat of government and proclaimed 'All power to the Soviets!' In this course we will explore Lenin's ideas on Revolution.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Life and times of Anne, Queen of Great Britain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will provide an interactive lecture with opportunities for discussion on Queen Anne, who was the last of the Stuarts and who had suffered much personal tragedy but she ruled over an increasingly prosperous nation that had unprecedented military success in Europe under the Duke of Marlborough. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Global political Islam

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 18 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short interactive lecture course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Realism, melodrama and fantasy: British cinema in the 1940s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 5 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1940s saw major developments in British films and filmmaking matched by record numbers of cinema-goers and lively critical debate. Explore this 'golden age' British cinema through a range of films and themes including realism, melodrama and fantasy, and assess their critical reception and impact on British film culture.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. Astrophysics day

    Astrophysics day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one-day introduction to the science of astrophysics which explores the physics of stars, galaxies, planets and black holes, as well as theoretical topics such as solar system formation



    Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has taught physics, maths and astronomy for almost ten years, and is particularly passionate about quantum physics and astrobiology. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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