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December 2014

Monday 8 December 2014
Inaugural lecture: Dental Implants - The Challenge of Replacing Nature
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Dominic O'Sullivan, School of Oral and Dental Sciences.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, 6:00-7:00pm  
Dental Implants are increasingly being used to help patients who have lost teeth and those who have lost hard and soft tissue from their mouths following disease or traumatic injury. Professor O'Sullivan will discuss the development of this life changing technology and also look to the emerging challenges for the future. Further information is available
Free to attend and no booking required.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

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January 2015

Friday 16 January 2015
Building Resilient Cities
Organised by The Cabot Institute, in association with the Festival of Ideas
Dr Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation, author of The Resilience Dividend, and world-leader in building resilient cities.
Priory Road Lecture Theatre, Priory Road Complex, 12 Priory Road, Clifton, BS8 1TU, 6:00-7:00pm  
We are at increasing risk of city-wide catastrophe, and as the severity and frequency of these disasters increase, we must become better at preparing for, responding to and recovering from them. Dr Rodin brings together stories, insights and ground-breaking research, to help build a radical future to face disaster by creating more resilient cities. Further information is available
Free to attend, but booking required via the Festival of Ideas website.  Contact for other queries, Festival of Ideas email: ideas@businesswest.co.uk

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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

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

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

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

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

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  
Daughter of Sir Winston Churchill's eldest child, Diana and Cabinet Minister Duncan Sandy, 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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