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UEA hosts varied lecture line-up this spring

Over the coming months UEA will host a series of spring lectures on politics, philosophy and religion. High-profile speakers include Broadcaster Michael Cockerell and Baroness Warsi as well as UEA’s Vice-Chancellor.

Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson will give his first public lecture since taking up the post. ‘Greenhouse gases and bioenergy’ explores a number of bacterial respiratory processes and their potential environmental, biomedical and biotechnological impacts and takes place on 26 January at the Enterprise Centre at 6.30pm.

Holly Leonard, events manager at UEA, said: “We are delighted to be presenting Prof Richardson’s first public lecture since he became UEA’s Vice-Chancellor. As well as leading the University, he is still an active researcher, and his area of study – microbiology – has some fascinating real-world applications. The talk is generating a lot of interest, both from UEA staff and students, and from the wider community.”

On 26 February, award winning documentary maker Michael Cockerell will be giving this year’s John Garrett Memorial Lecture. Cockerell’s work focuses on TV profiles of top politicians, from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair and he will look at lifting the lid on the secret world of personality and power, at the event in the Thomas Paine Study Centre at 7pm.

Also in February, the Keswick Hall lecture series begins with a debate chaired by Rt Hon Prof Charles Clarke on 25 February. Former Minister of State for Faith and Communities, Baroness Warsi and BBC Head of Religion and Ethics, Aaqil Ahmed will be taking part in the debate.

This new series of talks, hosted by UEA’s Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, will explore the current state of religion and British politics. The talks are part of a collaboration between Keswick Hall and the Religious Literacy Network at UEA.

The series continues on 3 March with a lecture from Lee Marsden, Professor of International Relations, titled ‘I’m okay – you’re okay: religion in the public square’. And on 10 March, the final lecture 'God matters to us all', is given by visiting Professor Rt Hon Prof Charles Clarke, former Home Secretary and MP for Norwich South. The Keswick Hall lectures all take place at the Thomas Paine Study Centre at 6.30pm

This year’s Spring Philosophy Public Lecture Series, sponsored by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, is also launching in February. The series is titled ‘Evidence, action and caution: exploring the precautionary principle’

On 2 February Dr Phil Hutchinson from Manchester Metropolitan University will look at ‘Five parameters by which to assess any and every public policy: precaution, evidence, political economy, asymmetry, and framing’. This is followed on 17 February by a debate between Prof Steve Fuller from Warwick University and Dr Rupert Read on ‘Precaution or pro-action? The great debate of the 21st century’. Dr Rupert Read then joins Prof Tim O’Riordan in-conversation on 1 March discussing ‘The past and future of precautionary reasoning’.

The Spring Philosophy Lectures take place in Lecture Theatre 2 at 6.30pm.

All are free to attend. For more information email events@uea.ac.uk or visit www.uea.ac.uk/events