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How Just is the Global Response to Climate Change?

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Climate change is fundamentally an issue of justice. It will affect those who have done least to contribute to the problem - people living in the poorest regions of the world and people who are not yet born.

Over the rainbow: a brief (social) history of queer resistance

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Designed by Gilbert Baker in 1978, The Rainbow Flag was intended to be a symbol of unity, hope and identity for the LGBTQ+ community, associated with the new wave of political activism that had followed the Stonewall Riots in 1969. It exists today alongside other symbols, and as a single component of a longer history of queer activism and resistance.

Folding the Future: How Origami is Transforming Engineering

March 11 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is finding surprising applications in science and engineering. No longer restricted to folding paper planes, engineers now use origami to create self-assembling robots, designer materials and large deployable structures in space.

Café Cosmopolitanism in a Pre Starbucks Age: Paris Internationalism pre WW1

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The lecture will consider the importance of Café life as a meeting place for the exchange of art and ideas in early twentieth century Paris. Focusing on photographs and paintings that depict the cafe La Rotonde in pre First World War Paris, the paper will argue that café life continued to be integral to the exchange of artistic ideas as well as the cultural development of Paris.

Can Mathematics Improve Your Baking?

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Going way back, bakers have had to concoct various ways to efficiently mix dry fruit through dough so it is evenly distributed. How can we describe ‘even distribution’ mathematically and can we find a mathematical process which simulates the baker’s technique?

Are drugs of abuse the solution to treating depression?

March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Depression and anxiety are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in modern society and yet treatments are still poorly understood and many patients fail to respond to current therapies.

Alexander Hamilton and the development of the American single market

March 19 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The seventh lecture in the Best of Bristol lecture series.

What is a sustainable future?

March 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s easy to see sustainability as being about guilt, about stopping doing things. This lecture looks positively at sustainability and the future we want to inhabit. This is about what we want, not what we don’t want.

Medieval Romance: Unexpected Journeys and Meetings

March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The experience of reading medieval – and indeed any – literature can open windows on to new worlds and novel encounters for the reader, with occasionally surprising consequences. This talk considers the ways in which reading medieval romance changed the life of a working class academic from a council estate, and presents some examples from medieval romance to show what this genre is capable of...

Security Online: Defence Against the Dark Arts

March 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Barely a week goes by without another story in the news related to cybersecurity. Passwords are stolen, credit card details hacked, personal information leaked. Our own university is regularly a target for phishing attacks.

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