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October online public lectures

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We've got three great online public lectures coming up over the coming weeks - including a spooky one for the kids! Find out more below, or visit the Events page for a full event guide.

What if 2016 was the most consequential election in American history?

Wednesday 14 October 2020, 19:00

Every election matters and this year US presidential race is no different. Given President Trump's controversial first term record, and more recently, his poor handling of the health pandemic, no wonder Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, has called this election the last chance to save American democracy.

In this lecture, historian Dr Mara Oliva looks at the political, economic and social reasons behind Trump's rise to power, the impact of his election on democracy at home and abroad and what this means for 2020.

Visit the event listing for further details and booking info. 

The Long Win: How our obsession with winning is holding us back and why it's time to rethink what success means

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 18:30

The University of Reading is delighted to announce the next event in our inspirational Alumni Lecture Series, taking place online on Wednesday 21 October at 18.30 (UK time) and featuring alumna Dr Cath Bishop, former Olympic Rower and respected diplomat (PhD, Contemporary German Literature, 2000).

Find out more and book a place on this page.

Cats, Bats, and Pointed Hats: Halloween and the history of witchcraft

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 1600

Join Professor Helen Parish for our inaugural online half-term children's lecture!

As shadowy figures walk our streets, clutching broomsticks, cauldrons, and pointed hats, we ask why witches and magic came to be associated with Hallowe'en. We'll take a journey back to the 17th century to investigate beliefs about witchcraft in the past, act as historical detectives gathering stories and evidence, and find out where some of our Hallowe'en traditions really come from.

Visit the event listing for full details and booking info.

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