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.
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  1. US election special update 2: The state of the race

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The first four primaries/caucuses will have taken place and we will explore the results and what can be learned from them. We will preview the coming month of major multi-state elections, including Super Tuesday, and see the challenges the remaining candidates will face. We will look at the fallout from the Impeachment Process and who, if anyone, has benefited or lost out.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  2. Marine geology: The hidden geology beneath the oceans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 1 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We know more about the surface of the moon than what lies beneath our planet's oceans. On this course, we will explore the geological features within our oceans.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. German chancellors from Bismarck to Merkel

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on the personalities and policies of a number of important chancellors, this course introduces students to key aspects and agents of the governance of Germany over the past century and a half.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Pre-Colonial India: Trade Networks and Spices

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive introductory course focuses on India’s central place in the pre-colonial trade network. Through the history of the spice trade the course will explore the important position of India in global trade.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. US election special update 3: Has the dust cleared?

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following Super Tuesday and the other multi-state elections are we clearer on who will be the Democratic nominee to face Donald Trump? We review the results, who is still in the race and whether or not the competition is over or heading to a showdown at the Democrat convention? We will also look at the nature of the upcoming Trump campaign and what to expect from the Republicans.
    Full fee: £24.00
    Senior fee: £24.00
    Concession: £11.00

  7. Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: sex differences

    Psyched! An interactive science evening in collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Psychological Sciences: sex differences

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 26 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Psyched! - an insider’s look at how the brain works and how evolution affects the way you think, feel and behave.

    Let's talk about sex (differences) Slugs and snails and puppy dog's tails – or sugar and spice and everything nice? What are boys and girls made of?

    Delivered in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Pyschological Sciences.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  8. '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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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    Science guest lecture Professor Raman Prinja: The Stellar Story, from dusty birth to explosive death

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 29 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A highly illustrated survey lecture on the birth and death of stars.

    Our understanding of the evolution of stars represents one of the great scientific breakthroughs of the past 100 years, bridged by the work of several Nobel laureates. Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London, will present an overview of our modern understanding of stellar evolution, from the dusty birth of stars, and their nuclear-burning lives, to ultimate demise including supernova detonations, and the bizarre end-states of neutron stars and black holes.



    Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL), where he is Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department. He has been awarded the Pol and Christiane Swings research prize and is a multiple winner of the UCL Teaching awards. Beyond research and teaching, Prof Prinja is deeply engaged in outreach activities and is the author of several successful books, including the award winning titles 'Science Crazy', 'Night Sky Watcher' and 'Planetarium'. He is also the winner of the 2019 American Institute of Physics science communication and Royal Society Young People's book prizes.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. The US presidents who made the post-war world

    Course Date: Thu 7 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Lecture based course covering the five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) who shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. Both America and the world changed hugely during this period, often directly influenced by these five Presidents. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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