Philosophy Public Lectures 2020 Philosophy Public Lectures 2020

All events are free and open to all. 

Thank you to our sponsor, The Royal Institute of Philosophy


Crisis and Control


How should we respond to the multitude of crises that seem to define the contemporary age? Do we need to ‘take back control’? What would that really mean? We all face moments of crisis, but in the world today crisis seems to have become near permanent state, infecting every aspect of our public and private lives.

The 2020 Philosophy Public Lecture Series will explore crisis in family life, in our prison system, in political rhetoric and our emotions, and ask why so many people today are turning to the ancient philosophy of stoicism for answers.



Tuesday 14 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Managing a Domestic Crisis: Seneca, Stoicism and the Family” Dr Elizabeth Gloyn (Royal Holloway)

This event is followed by a drinks reception that is free and open to all

Listen back to the lecture here.


Tuesday 28 January, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Philosophy and Freedom: Practicing Stoicism in Prison” Dr Ben Walker (Crito Project and UEA)

Listen back to the lecture here


Tuesday 11 February, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Is there a Crisis of Rhetorical Culture” Professor Alan Finlayson (UEA)

Listen back to the lecture here


Cancelled: Tuesday 3 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“Who's in Charge of our Emotions?” Dr Birgit Breidenbach (UEA)

Owing to the ongoing national dispute between Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU), and resultant strike action by members and supporters of UCU, ‘Who’s In Charge of Our Emotions?’ with Dr Birgit Breidenbach has been cancelled. The event will not be rescheduled as part of this series, we apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.


Postponed: Wednesday 18 March, 6:15pm

Thomas Paine Lecture Theatre

“The Rise of Modern Stoicism” Dr John Sellars (Royal Holloway) 

In light of the concern relating to COVID-19 and the increased necessity to contain the spread of infection, UEA has taken the decision to postpone public events.

We place great value on our public events programme and will continue to monitor the situation carefully, making every effort to reschedule cancelled events wherever possible. We apologise for the disappointment caused, and we very much look forward to bringing you notice of new dates as soon as possible.


Lectures and Q&A run from 18.15 to 20.00 (doors open at 18.00), Thomas Paine Study Centre, UEA

Free parking is available in The West Car Park. Please download a free campus map here. Grid Ref: L17 and L19  

For more information, please contact: | 01603 593412

Previous events: 

Philosophy Guest Lecture Series 2019 

Philosophy Guest Lecture Series 2018