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February 2015

Tuesday 17 February 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: Poetry, the land and nature
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Kathleen Jamie. Her poetry collections to date include The Overhaul, which won the 2012 Costa Poetry Prize, The Tree House which won both the Forward prize and the Scottish Book of the Year Award.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Kathleen Jamie's work has been at the centre of the revival of nature writing in recent years. Finding nature in the tiny cracks of daily life, as well as Orkney in midwinter and 21st century flotsam on a shoreline in the Hebrides, Jamie helps us all renegotiate our relationship with the natural world. Further information is available
Free, but nooking required via the Festival of Ideas.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Thursday 19 February 2015
Inaugural lecture: Civil liability - Addressing police failures in the context of rape and sexual abuse
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Joanne Conaghan, School of Law.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Questions of police attitudes to and conduct of rape complaints has been in the British public eye for some time. This lecture assesses the potential of civil liability suits to produce change, whether the victims of sexual crimes should be able to sue police for failures and considers broader possibilities and risks this might entail. Further information is available
Free to attend, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 23 February 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: Green and social justice
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Anna Coote is Head of Social Policy in the New Economics Foundation (NEF).
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Anna Coote puts forward a radical green agenda for a new settlement that can meet the challenges of the 21st century. She argues that the primary goal of policy should be sustainable social justice, meaning the fair and equitable distribution of social, environmental, economic and political resources between people, places and generations. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Tuesday 24 February 2015
Inaugural lecture: Optimal treatment of heart attacks: When time is muscle
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Andreas Baumbach, School of Clinical Sciences.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Over the last decade the treatment of this deadly condition has seen major changes, driven by improvements in technology and pharmacology, and the creation of Heart Attack Centres like the Bristol Heart Institute. Professor Baumbach will review the current understanding of myocardial infarction and will look ahead at exiting prospects to further improve outcomes. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 25 February 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: What a green government could do if it really tried
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
George Monbiot has spent his career as a journalist and environmentalist, working with others to defend the natural world he loves.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
David Cameron promised his government would be the greenest government ever. George Monbiot says he's failed, and that there's a need for radical change. What could a green government do if it really wanted to be green? Monbiot presents the case he would make to parliament, the country, and the international negotiations on climate change. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

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March 2015

Tuesday 3 March 2015
Inaugural lecture: The art of thinking
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Richard Pettigrew, Department of Philosophy.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Psychologists have documented the cognitive biases that make us irrational. Philosophers have tried to codify the rules of rational thought. But how can we use reason to explore its own shortcomings? After exploring one answer, Professor Pettigrew discuss the disastrous effects of these biases on the diversity of participation in academia. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 4 March 2015
Churchill 2015: Churchill: For and against
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Dr Paul Addison, Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Winston Churchill was a highly controversial figure in his lifetime and even today, half a century after his death, his critics and admirers remain sharply divided over his merits. Dr Paul Addison will discuss the reasons why Churchill continues to generate debate and offers a personal assessment of his achievements and failures. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Emma Henry email: public-events@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 5 March 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: The only true conservationist is a Conservative
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Roger Scruton argues that the only true conservationist and environmentalist is a Conservative. Conservatism is far better suited to tackle environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism; rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must all assume personal responsibility and foster local sovereignty. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Wednesday 11 March 2015
Inaugural lecture: Past, future, and fantasy climate change - from the mid-Cretaceous to Middle Eart
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Dan Lunt, School of Geographical Sciences.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
As a curiosity-driven scientist, understanding the past climate of our Earth (from the scorching greenhouse of the mid-Cretaceous, to the frozen wastes of the last ice age) is of fundamental interest. However, how can such understanding improve our predictions of future climate change? And what can we learn about climate from Lord of the Rings?!. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 12 March 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner, Bristol and beyond
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
The publication of the Lyrical Ballads in Bristol in 1798 launched the Romantic poetry movement. Richard Holmes looks at the life and work of Coleridge at this critical moment, and explores the varied interpretations of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and its powerful emergence as a modern eco-fable. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Monday 16 March 2015
Inaugural lecture: The end of the Asylum. How Italy closed down its psychiatric hospitals.
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor John Foot, Department of Italian.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
This lecture will tell the story of a movement which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s in Italy in opposition to psychiatric hospitals. Its aim was to replace the asylum system with different forms of care. In 1978, this principle was enshrined in an historic law. The movement had won. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 17 March 2015
Inaugural lecture: A passing glance of wonder and pity: reflections on the history of medieval Ireland
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Brendan Smith, Department of History (Historical Studies.
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens School of Engineering, University of Bristol, BS8 1TR, 6:00-7:00pm  
Ireland was England's first colony. The spread of English power and English people throughout the neighbouring island after 1170 inspired a burst of literary activity as contemporaries sought to justify or discredit this colonial venture. This lecture explores what these writings reveal, and conceal, about Ireland's medieval past. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 18 March 2015
Churchill 2015: A different sort of Chancellor? Churchill and the University of Bristol
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Sir David Cannadine FBA, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Throughout his long life, Winston Churchill's attitude to higher education was complex. Professor Sir David Cannadine will explore Churchill's attitudes to higher education in general, and his particular - and unique - relationship with Bristol, of which he was Chancellor from 1929 until his death in 1965. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Emma Henry email: public-events@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 26 March 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: Animals 'in the Fraternity of universal Nature'
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Andrew Kelly is director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
In his utopian community the Pantisocracy, Coleridge believed that animals were to be brothers and sisters 'in the Fraternity of universal Nature'. Animal rights and animal welfare were debated widely amongst the Romantics and remain controversial issues today. Andrew Kelly looks at the views of the Romantics and today's campaigns for animals. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

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April 2015

Thursday 2 April 2015
Coleridge Lectures 2015: Re-imagining the City
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Melissa Harrison worked in non-fiction publishing for several years before moving into magazines with clients including Vogue, Time Out, Stuff and Mixmag. In 2008 she began spending more time on her own writing, and she won the John Muir Trust's Award for Wild Writing in 2010.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Think of 'nature' and most of us think of the deep countryside - but the natural world can live side-by-side with us in cities, too. In a richly imagined journey through one day in a British city, Melissa Harrison brings to life a world that most never know is there. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Tuesday 21 April 2015
Churchill 2015: Churchill: Memories of my grandfather
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Celia Sandys.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Celia Sandys is an internationally recognised author, speaker and television presenter on the subject of her grandfather, Sir Winston Churchil. Celia will journey through her personal memories of Churchill as a family man including holidaying with him in the Mediterranean and growing up at Chartwell and Chequers. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Emma Henry email: public-events@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 29 April 2015
Churchill 2015: The history man
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor David Reynolds, Professor of International History and Chairman of the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:30pm  
Winston Churchill, though renowned as a politician and war leader, earned his living as a writer and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Professor David Reynolds will reflect on Churchill's historical writings and also consider how a vision of history and of Britain's place in it was central to Churchill's whole worldview as a statesman. Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Emma Henry email: public-events@bristol.ac.uk

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