Be inspired. Our lectures are designed both to inform and to engage.
Our first year, 2013, is 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 will examine controversies in arts, science, law, social science and business:
- Professor David Latchman CBE will speak about 'The Brave New World of DNA' on 30 April.
- Professor Joanna Bourke will consider ‘What is Pain? Controversies in the History of Medicine' in June.
- Professor Ron Smith will explain ‘Why Economists Cannot Forecast' in July.
- Later this year, Professor Peter Fitzpatrick will use Kafka's novellas to question 'Can there be a Rule of Law?'; Professor Ian Crawford will be asking 'Is there Life Elsewhere in the Universe?'; Dr Aoife Monks will explore 'Scandal: Controversies, Riots and Protest at the Theatre'.