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Events Highlights: March 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

Wednesday 4 March 16:00-17:30

Edith Morley, Ure Museum, Whiteknights campus

In collaboration with the Department of Classics, Dr Christopher Stray from Swansea University will present the seminar ‘The Glory and the Grandeur: John Clarke Stobart and the defence of high culture in a democratic age'. No tickets or booking required.

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.

Spring Concert: Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat

Saturday 14 March, 19:30-21:30

Great Hall, London Road

Close your eyes, draw back the curtains, and see for certain…..Music at Reading’s concert performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! 

This performance will feature the presentation of the Ben Pedley Memorial Award 2020. The event is now sold out.

Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing Seminar

Tuesday 17 March, 17:00-18:00

Edith Morley, 150, Whiteknights campus

Dr Mary Frank from the East German Studies Archive presents the seminar ‘Speaking to the world: East Germany's English-language publications.' No tickets or booking required.

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.


Staff Disability Network coffee morning

Tuesday 24 March, 11:00-13:00

Carrington Building, 101, Whiteknights campus

Come and talk to colleagues across the University about disability, mental health and everything in between. The Network will also be joined electronically by colleagues from Hidden Disabilities, the charity responsible for the sunflower lanyard that's gaining national popularity.   

Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing Seminar

Thursday 26 March, 17:00-18:00

Edith Morley, G57, Whiteknights campus

Organised jointly with the Department of Languages and Cultures' Research Seminar, Dr Marta Simó Comas from the Department of Languages and Cultures presents the seminar ‘Democratizing culture and building a new consciousness: the transformative female publishers of post-Franco Spain.' No tickets or booking required.

Community Forum Supper

Thursday 26 March, 18:00

3sixty, RUSU, Whiteknights campus

Calling all community members! Following our Strategy Supper in September, we are holding the second of our updated Community Forum Meetings, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Van de Noort. If you are living around the University, or have an interest in the way the University works with the local community, please come along for hot food at 18:00, with the meeting starting at 18:30. The meeting will follow a similar format to the previous event, with an update from the Vice‑Chancellor, followed by group discussions and a Q&A session. Local partners will be invited, including leaders from Reading and Wokingham Borough Councils, ward councillors, police teams and community groups. A report from the last meeting can be found on the University website:

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

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

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