We believe knowledge and expertise should be accessible to all. Our Public Lectures are a series of thought-provoking, entertaining talks from prominent figures that are free to attend and open to everyone.

Robin Ince - Weapons of Empathy

Tuesday 21 February

Robin Ince is best known as the host of Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox.

Since writing his book I'm a Joke and So Are You, Robin has become increasingly engaged with trying to understand the disparity between how we project ourselves to the outside world and who we are on the inside. Weapons of Empathy will be about neuroscience, psychology, and how books can lead us into the minds of others and help us understand their world. It will also contain jokes, impressions and poetry.

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Jo Brand - Growing Old Gracelessly

Tuesday 1 November 2022

Jo says: “This lecture is about making more of a fuss, getting decent care, some proper respect and irritating people. This is not an academic lecture, because I am a comedian, so lower your expectations. And there might be some jokes.”

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Past events

Previous speakers include The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, former Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, children’s author Michael Morpurgo, Stonewall CEO and activist Ruth Hunt, and musician, journalist and parish priest Reverend Richard Coles.

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