Exciting events coming up in May

At ILAS we are looking forward to a lively May with two great Grand Challenges Lectures coming up in the next fortnight.

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On Wednesday May 15th we are delighted to be working with colleagues in the School of Geology Geography and Environment to welcome Professor Danny Dorling to Keele.

Professor Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor in Geography at the University of Oxford and his Grand Challenges lecture Brexit and the end of the British Empire will be held in the Westminster Theatre in Chancellors building. This is a different venue for ILAS - but as usual drinks will be from 5.30pm in the foyer and the lecture will begin at 6.00pm.

In his talk Professor Dorling will discuss the central importance of Geography in Brexit and will argue that the source of British woes may be, at least in part, an outcome of having so recently been at the heart of the largest empire the world has ever known.

If you would like to meet Professor Dorling during his visit on Wednesday, please do get in touch.

For more information and to register, visit the ILAS website here.

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On Thursday May 23rd, Professor Jenny Reardon will be coming to Keele from Freiburg where she currently a visiting fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies.

In her Grand Challenges lecture The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome, she will tackle the question Can genomics be anti-racist? and explain how and by what means, from the International HapMap Project, to David Reich’s March 2018 editorial in the New York Times, debates about ‘race’ and racism remain central and formative of the postgenomic condition.

This is will be in the Salvin Room, Keele Hall at 6.00pm with drinks from 5.30pm.

Professor Reardon is a Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, so this is an excellent opportunity to hear from her while she is in Europe. Her research draws into focus questions about identity, justice and democracy that are often silently embedded in scientific ideas and practices, particularly in modern genomic research and if you would like to meet Jenny that day, please get in touch.

For more information and to register, visit the ILAS website here.

As usual for both of these evening events the Keele Nursery will be open to provide childcare to enable staff and students to attend the lecture. This service is free of charge and the Nursery can cater for children from 0 – 10 years. Contact Nursery Manager Wendy Foster nursery@keele.ac.uk for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there.