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Events Highlights: November

Events highlights

Each term we offer an exciting variety of events which may interest staff. Please see below for a list of our upcoming highlights:

Armistice Day Service

11 November, 10:45

Rear flagpole (between the Library and Whiteknights House), Whiteknights campus; Peace garden, London Road campus; Flagpole near the cattle grid, Greenlands campus

All members of staff and students are invited to gather at whichever campus is most convenient, to join a memorial service to mark Armistice Day.  The services will remember colleagues and students who have died over the last year, as well as those who have given their lives in service to their country. Each service will be led by the University Chaplaincy and is open to people of all faiths and none.

The Mirrors of Versailles: War & Peace in 1919 Paris

11 November, 18:30

G27 Edith Morley, Whiteknights campus

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 marks a key moment in the attempt to create a peaceful international society in which men and women would live their own lives in safety and freedom from coercion. In this celebration of one hundred years since the Treaty of Versailles, which aspired to put an end to the ‘war that would end all wars', we consider the ideals and realities which were negotiated during the six months in Paris that changed the world. This lecture will be delivered by Dr Liliana Riga (University of Edinburgh) and Professor Jack E. Spence, OBE (King's College, London).

Admission free. Booking essential. Please click here to register.

Alumni Lecture: Piers Taylor

13 November, 18:30

G11 HBS, Whiteknights campus

Award winning architect, broadcaster and academic, Piers Taylor, will join us to discuss how architecture can bring about transformations in people and places, and how 'making' can be a vehicle for participation.

Admission free. Booking essential. Please click here to register.

Ninth Annual Percy Ure Lecture: Reconceiving the Greek Renaissance

22 November, 17:00

Van Emden LT, Edith Morley, Whiteknights campus

The Percy Ure Lecture is an annual academic highlight in the Department of Classics. This year's lecture, the ninth in the series, will be delivered by Professor Lin Foxhall, MBE (Hon.), FSA, the Rathbone Professor of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. This lecture will investigate how scholars have built narratives of the birth of the polis (city-state) from the available textual, archaeological and landscape evidence and how the process of constructing them has continued to change.

Admission free. Booking advisable. Please click here to register.

We Can Be Heroes

23 November, 17:00

3sixty, RUSU, Whiteknights campus

The world is in peril; cheer on our league of super heroes as they battle evil to save the world. Festival Sinfonia present a concert celebrating heroes and villains from myths, legends, and blockbuster movies. Early Bird tickets are available until Friday 9 November; tickets will remain on sale until midday Friday 22 November. Remaining tickets will be available on the door. Tickets available here.

November Public Lecture - Doing Business Better: Should Reading Firms Have a Social Purpose?

27 November, 19:30 (doors open 19:00)

Palmer G10, Whiteknights campus

Professor Emma Borg will explain how ethical business behaviour can result in happier, healthier and more productive employees, greater loyalty from customers and suppliers and ultimately boost a company's bottom line.

Admission free. Booking recommended. Please click here to register.

Ethical Christmas Market

 28 November, 12:00

Palmer Foyer, Whiteknights campus

Get started on your Christmas shopping at the Ethical Christmas Market for fairly traded, local and ethically-sourced gifts.

Christmas Tree Light Switch-On

28 November, 17:30

Palmer Quad, Whiteknights campus

Join us as we light up the University's Christmas Tree in the Palmer Quad. With music from students and staff across the University and an extended Thursday Food Fair this is the perfect start to the festive season!

Admission free. No booking required.

Sparkle and Shine

29 November, 19:00

Mojo's Bar, RUSU, Whiteknights campus

Signature Sounds and Jazz Sounds present an evening of entertainment in the heart of Whiteknights campus. Join us for jazz & cocktails to welcome in the festive season.

Admission free. No booking required.

Christmas Carol Service

2 December, 18:00

The Great Hall, London Road campus

Music at Reading and the Chaplaincy invite you to join the University of Reading for the annual Christmas Carol Service, held in the picturesque Great Hall. There will be a mixture of seasonal choral pieces by the University Chamber Choir, traditional Christmas carols and readings from members of the University community. Join us for a perfect way to celebrate the start of the Christmas season.

Admission free. Booking required. To book or for more details, please visit:

If you would like to find out more information, please click here to see our full event listing.

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