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October 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014
Inaugural lecture: Vibration of flexible structures
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Simon Neild, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, BS8 1TR, 6:00-7:00pm  
In the drive for increased efficiency, structures are becoming more slender and flexible. Unfortunately, the more flexible structures become, the more difficult they are to model and so predict their behaviour. In this lecture I will discuss the challenges with analysing such structures and how they can be addressed. 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

Tuesday 21 October 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: Vaughan Williams in the First and Second World Wars
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Dr Daniel Grimley, University College Oxford.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Vaughan Williams enlisted as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps Territorial Force in 1914. A Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No 3) was conceived while he was on active service in France, which he described as 'really wartime music'. Daniel Grimley examines the extent to which the composer's wartime experiences influenced his work. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 23 October 2014
Colston Research Society Annual Lecture: Catastrophe 1914, how Europe went to war
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Sir Max Hastings.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Sir Max Hastings is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose work has appeared in every British national newspaper. He now writes regularly for the Daily Mail and reviews for the Sunday Times and New York Review of Books. He has published twenty-three books, his latest being Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War (2013). Further information is available
Free, but booking required via the online form.  Contact for other queries, Laura Bagley email: laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Monday 27 October 2014
Inaugural lecture: Damage and Repair - A Bioinspired Future for Advanced Materials
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Ian Bond, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk, BS8 1TR, 6:00-7:00pm  
The deployment of lightweight, high performance composite materials will become a necessity if sustainability is to be achieved across a wide range of applications. Currently, the use of such materials is impaired by their sensitivity to damage. Professor Bond's research takes inspiration from Nature which has evolved a range of damage mitigation and repair techniques. 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

Tuesday 28 October 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: Rose Macaulay - Non-combatants and Others
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Sarah LeFanu, University of Bristol.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Rose Macaulay was both a poet and novelist during the First World War, her work reflecting the dramatic change in popular perception that took place as news of mounting horrors filtered home. Sarah LeFanu will trace the trajectory that took Macaulay from romantic idealisation of the war through to being one of its fiercest critics. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Thursday 30 October 2014
Inaugural lecture: Making sense of evidence in health
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Julian Higgins, School of Social and Community Medicine.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
It is important that health care decisions are appropriately informed by research evidence. Systematic reviews are routinely conducted to collate worldwide sources of such evidence, and statistical analyses ('meta-analyses') of results from multiple studies may be performed within these reviews. Professor Higgins will describe some of his contributions to this endeavour. 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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November 2014

Tuesday 4 November 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: The Graphic Experience of War: Goerge Grosz in context
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Dr Dot Price, University of Bristol.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
George Grosz is largely known as a biting satirist, who used his art as a form of political protest against the weaknesses, corruption and injustices he witnessed in Weimar Germany. This lecture will explore Grosz's artwork in Europe and America in the aftermath of the First World War and the outbreak of the second. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Wednesday 5 November 2014
Amelia Edwards Annual Lecture in Egyptology: The Two Tombs of Horemheb
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Dr Jacobus van Dijk, Egyptologist, University of Groningen.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Horemheb began his career as a soldier in the Egyptian army during the fourteenth century BC, before becoming Regent for the young King Tutankhamun and, ultimately, king himself. This lecture discusses the tombs he had built during these two stages of his career, one at Saqqara and one in the Valley of the Kings. 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

Friday 7 November 2014
Inaugural lecture: Forever in New Genes; discovering the genetic basis of rare diseases and congenital malformations
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Ruth Newbury-Ecob, School of Clinical Sciences.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Clinical geneticists and scientists work together using new genetic technologies to understand human genetic disorders. This has led to the discovery of essential genes, novel genetic mechanisms and the genetic basis of normal human development. Professor Newbury-Ecob will discuss her contribution to this field and explain how it helps patients. 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

Monday 10 November 2014
Festival of Economics 2014: The Mayor's Annual Lecture
Organised by Festival of Ideas, in association with Public and Ceremonial Events
Mayor George Ferguson.
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-8:00pm  
The second annual Mayor's lecture sees Mayor George Ferguson talk about the past year of delivery and the current state of the city's economy. He also reflects on Bristol achieving the status of European Green Capital and looks forward to Bristol 2015, talking about the programme and the likely impact this will have. Further information is available
Free to attend, but booking required.  Contact for other queries, email: ideas@gwebusinesswest.co.uk

Tuesday 11 November 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President at RMIT, Melbourne, Australi.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Paul Nash's embittered memories of the Western Front produced some of the most searing paintings of the First World War; his taut renditions introduced a new language of devastation to the genre of landscape. This lecture will explore the 'barren, sightless, godless' visual language of conflict by contrasting Nash's work with that of Stanley Spencer. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries, on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Friday 14 November 2014
Inaugural lecture: Homer's Deep
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Professor Shane Butler, Department of Classics and Ancient History.
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, BS8 1RJ, 6:00-7:00pm  
Achilles, in his anguish, stares out from the Trojan shore. What does he see, in the "wine-dark" sea? For an answer, we embark on an unexpected journey to Victorian Bristol, where John Addington Symonds looked back to Ancient Greece in order to look forward to the liberation of "unspeakable" love. 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

Tuesday 18 November 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: H G Wells: Mr Britling sees it Through, The Shape of Things to Come, Mind at the End of its Tether
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Sir Christopher Frayling, former Rector of the Royal College of Art.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Maxim Gorky described H G Wells' novel Mr Britling Sees it Through (1916) 'as the finest, most courageous, truthful, and humane book written in Europe in the course of this accursed war'. Christopher Frayling examines this and other Wells' works, which explore the devastating impact of war upon humanity, and Wells' vision for the future. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

Tuesday 25 November 2014
Autumn Art Lecture: Lewis Milestone: from All Quiet on the Western Front to A Walk in the Sun
Organised by Public and Ceremonial Events
Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England.
Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ, 6:00pm  
Lewis Milestone made the greatest films about the First and Second World Wars, All Quiet on the Western Front and A Walk in the Sun. One is a pacifist classic; the other a celebration of the American infantry. Andrew Kelly will look at how Lewis Milestone (and the wider Hollywood community) approached both world wars. Further information is available
Free to attend but booking required.  Contact for other queries on +44 (0)117 - 928 8515 or laura.bagley@bristol.ac.uk

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