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Events Highlights: February 2020

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:

Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing Seminar

Tuesday 11th February, 17:00-18:00 

Edith Morley 150

Dr Vaibhav Singh  from teh Department of Typography will rpesent a seminar on The weight of words: typographic infrastructures and print communication in South Asia. No tickets or booking required.

Vintage Valentines

Friday 14 February, 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 celebrate the most romantic day of the year.

No tickets or booking required, just come along.

Understanding Children's Reading: At school and at home

Thursday 20 February, 19:00

G01, L22, London Road campus

We all recognise how crucial reading is for children to do well at school and later on in the workplace. But what does research tell us about why it's important, what children and young people should be reading, and what happens if they don't read? And what about children and young people who speak a language other than English at home? Whether you're a parent, a teacher, bilingual or not, this public lecture from the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism will have something for you!

Admission free. Booking essential. Please click here to book your place.

 

Celebrating our University Library - Open House

Monday 24 February, 09:00-15:00

University of Reading Library, Whiteknights campus

To celebrate the reopening of our recently refurbished and transformed University Library there will be an Open House from 9am-3pm. You will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the Library and see the new facilities that are available. Fancy a hot drink and cake? Bring along your reusable cup to claim yours. All are welcome.

 

In Conversation with Michael Rosen

Monday 24 February, 16:00

The Meadow Suite, Park House, Whiteknights campus

Join us in conversation with our special guest Michael Rosen. In 1993 Michael gained an MA Children's Literature at the University of Reading and is one of Britain's best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults. Michael has published over 200 books for children and adults, including "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Michael is also a popular broadcaster and has presented BBC Radio 4's acclaimed programme about language, "Word of Mouth" since 1998, as well as regularly presenting documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3, including the Sony Gold Award-winning "On Saying Goodbye".

Admission free. Booking essential. Please click here to book your place.

 

Public Lecture Series - The Self Delusion: how we are all connected and why that matters

Wednesday 26 February, 19:30

G10, Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus

We often think of ourselves as individuals, acting alone, with an inner self that stays the same across our lives. But this is an illusion - in fact, we are more connected with others, the planet and the universe than we realise. In his lecture, ecologist Tom Oliver explains some surprising science that will make you think differently about yourself and your place in the world. While our sense of individual self has helped our species to succeed, he argues that seeing beyond this mindset to understand the complex connections between us may well be the key to a better future.

Admission free. Booking advisable. Please click here to book your place.

 

Annual Edith Morley Lecture: Women in Sport - Overcoming and Succeeding

Thursday 5 March, 19:00

G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights campus

To mark International Women's Day, we are delighted to present this annual event in memory of Edith Morley, with a panel discussion bringing together female innovators and game-changers from the sporting world. Historically, sports have been a male dominated arena with very low numbers of women involved. Today, the number of female athletes are rising significantly, yet, women's sports are highly underrepresented in the media, and female athletes earn considerably less than their male counterparts. We're delighted to announce a guest panel that includes Fara Williams, Kelly Chambers, Cath Bishop and Alice Kirkup, who will cover a wide range of topics including how these remarkable sportswomen have overcome barriers and gone onto achieve great success in their fields.

Admission free. Booking advisable. Please click here for more information and to book.

 

Alumni Lecture: Dr Lawrence Haddad - The Private Sector and Global Nutrition: Are Businesses Heroes or Villains?

Thursday 12 March, 19:00

Van Emden Lecture Theatre, Edith Morley building, Whiteknights campus

1 in 3 people globally are malnourished. If we keep doing what we are doing, we will fall far short of the global goals the world has set for 2030. How do we change the dynamic? Join Dr Lawrence Haddad (BSc Food Science and Food Economics, 1980), Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) from 19.00 on Thursday 12 March, as he aims to answer this question and outline some of the ways to stimulate the transition of the private sector from sometime villains, to frequent heroes.

Admission is free, but registration is essential. Please click here for more information and to book.

 

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Saturday 14 March, 19:30

Great Hall, London Road campus

 

Close your eyes, draw back the curtains, and see for certain... Music at Reading's concert performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! Featuring the presentation of the Ben Pedley Award for outstanding contribution to the musical community of the University. An Amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd.

 

For tickets and more information, please click here.

 

Public Lecture Series - Biscuits to Big Tech: Reading's rise to economic prosperity

Wednesday 18 March, 19:30

G10 Palmer Building, Whiteknights campus

Reading was once a sleepy county town famed for its ‘beer, biscuits and bulbs' but today it is a hub for high-tech industry with international links. How did it get that way and how can we make sure its economic success continues? In this lecture, Professor Kathy Pain will explore the town's rise to prosperity and the future sustainability problems facing densely developed urban regions like Reading. She will draw on her research which shows how investing in so-called ‘good density' - well-designed and compact cities with affordable public transport; available jobs and talent; and ‘green and blue infrastructure' such as hedgerows and waterways - could help secure Reading's future success in a changing economic landscape.

Admission free. Booking advisable. Please click here to book your place.

 

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