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Be involved. Be Birkbeck is an exciting membership scheme, designed to give everyone a chance to be part of Birkbeck's academic community. You do not need to have any prior affiliation with Birkbeck to join.

There are three tiers of membership.

  • At £5 per month, bronze membership will allow you to participate in special members' lectures, receive a newsletter and be invited to a number of collaborative events.
  • At £15 per month, your silver membership will give you additional onsite and online access to the library.
  • At £17 per month, your gold membership will give you all of the above, as well as borrowing rights from the library.

Be inspired. Our lectures are designed both to inform and to engage.

Our first year, 2013, was the 190th anniversary of George Birkbeck's establishment of Birkbeck College. To celebrate this - at the time controversial and innovative - decision to offer education to working Londoners, our first lecture series examined Controversies.

To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, our lecture series in 2014 will consider the broad theme of War from the perspective of arts, science, law, social science and business.

  • Professor John Arnold will speak about 'Fighting Unbelievers: Combating Heresy in Medieval Europe' on 20th January.
  • Professor Helen Saibil will discuss 'The Arms Race Between Man and Pathogen' in February.
  • Dr Kate Mcloughlin will consider 'Not Writing About War' in May.
  • Later in the year, Dr Suzanna Biernoff will examine the 'Faces of War' and Professor Costas Douzinas will ask 'Are There Just Wars?' when exploring 'The History and Philosophy of Bellum Justum'.

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