- MERL Seminar series: The Dark Monarch: Magic and modernity in British art 11/3/2014 at 1.00pm–2.00pm
Drawing inspiration from the current Our Country Lives project at MERL, these lunchtime talks look at how best we can explore stories, performances, poetry, folklore, mythology, skills and knowledge of rural people. They offer fresh perspectives and thought-provoking content about how different forms of intangible heritage might help us explore and better understand rural England. Professor Alun Rowlands, Department of Art, University of Reading In 2010, Tate St Ives mounted an exhibition exploring the influence of folklore, mysticism, mythology and the occult on modern British art. In this talk Professor Rowlands revisits a performance commissioned from folk dancers and mummers and discusses how art has been used as a vehicle to explore legend and landscape.
- Annual Morley Distinguished Seminar (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences) 18/3/2014 at 14:00
The Morley Distinguished Lecture is an annual lecture, hosted by the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Reading, as a prestigious annual event given by a world-leading scientist, and intended to play a role in raising the profile of women in science. It is named in honour of Edith Morley, Professor of English Language at Reading from 1908 to 1940, who was the first female professor in the UK. This year, Professor Julia Slingo OBE, Chief Scientist at the Met Office, will be giving this lecture. As Chief Scientist Julia is responsible for providing scientific and technical strategy; ensuring the organisation adheres to good scientific and technical standards, and directing and managing research and development with the Met Office. She also represents the office, on science and technology, across government.
- MERL Seminar series: MERL and the BBC: Rural re-enactment and gestural reconstruction in the 1950s 18/3/2014 at 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Drawing inspiration from the current Our Country Lives project at MERL, these lunchtime talks look at how best we can explore stories, performances, poetry, folklore, mythology, skills and knowledge of rural people. They offer fresh perspectives and thought-provoking content about how different forms of intangible heritage might help us explore and better understand rural England. Dr Ollie Douglas, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading MERL’s earliest curators rapidly adopted the techniques of public history in order to salvage a way of life seen to be disappearing and cement a technology-centred approach to the past. During the 1950s, their short set-piece reenactments played a prominent role in television broadcast contexts. This talk explores how reconstructive approaches to rural objects provided insight into the less tangible world of past gestures and actions. This seminar will be followed by a small pop-up exhibition featuring objects used in television recordings or with connections to radio.
- Public Lecture Series: Muscle medicine 19/3/2014 at 8:00pm
Dr Keith Foster, School of Biological Sciences Your muscles are amazing. Whether you're a body builder or a baby, there is more muscle tissue in your body than anything else. However, disease and old age can damage our muscles, leaving us not only slowing down and more susceptible to falls, but also at risk of developing other illnesses such as diabetes. But can we do anything to prevent this? In this lecture, Dr Keith Foster will look at the current development of gene medicines that aim to keep our muscles bigger and stronger for better health, longer life and increased resistance to disease. Booking Information: Seats are allocated on a first come first served basis. We recommend that large groups contact us in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org 0118378 4313
- Cafe Theologique:What about science: do I have to be an atheist? 28/4/2014 at 7.30pm
The University of Reading Chaplaincy is delighted to present this new series of theological debates. Based on the principles of the international Café Scientifique model, in a new partnership between the Bishop of Reading and the University of Reading, the series is open to all and will explore contemporary theological issues. Revd Canon Angela Tilby Before ordination she spent 22 years as a producer within the BBC's Religious Department. She has made regular appearances on television and radio, including Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Four. Angela is a Canon at Christ Church, Oxford. For the price of a pint of beer, come and enjoy an evening engaging with contemporary theological issues.