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Academic Lectures, Talks and Workshops for 14-20 September

Politics and Economics

The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and still have to learn – from the financial crisis
Date: 16 September 2014, 6.30pm
Location: London School of Economics, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Martin Wolf

Price: Free

Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times Martin Wolf gives an insightful and timely analysis of why the financial crisis occurred, and of the radical reforms needed if we are to avoid a future repeat. At this event he will be in conversation with Adair Turner. 

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Central Banks: Powerful, Political and Unaccountable?

Date: 18 September 2014, 6 - 7.15pm
Location: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Speaker: Professor Charles Goodhart

Price: Free, first come, first served seating

The economic and political importance of central banks has been much enhanced recently. Much of the enhanced significance of central banks is due to their lender of last resort and market maker of last resort roles for financial institutions and sovereigns. These quintessentially political growing roles have not been matched by greater accountability, both formal and substantive, of central banks. Possible remedies are discussed.

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Black British Writers in Conversation

Date: 19 September 2014, 6.30 – 8pm
Location: Goldsmiths University, Richard Hoggart Building, George Wood Theatre.

Price: Free
Speakers: Bernardine Evaristo, Andrea Stuart, Joan Anim-Addo and Deirdre Osborne

Bernardine Evaristo and Andrea Stuart highlight and reveal unexpected angles to the complex stories of black people’s cultural heritages in Britain. In conversation together, they discuss the roles of women writers in reforming, the subject-matter and perspectives on literature.

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A Gob of Spit in the Face of Art: A One-Day Symposium to Mark the 80th Anniversary of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer

Date: 19 September 2014, 09:30am- 6pm
Location: Goldsmiths University, Room 137a, Richard Hoggart Building

Price: Free

This Symposium brings together eight international scholars whose work attempts to restore Miller’s reputation in the twenty first century. How does Henry Miller fit in to the modernist lineage - particularly in relation to those ‘high’ modernists who marked him out for glory? Why has he been neglected for so long? Most importantly, what is Miller’s relevance now, in an age that imagines itself free of the repressive taboos he was blacklisted for challenging?

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Penny Lectures: Zeppelin Nights: London in the First World War

Date: 18 September 2014, 6- 8pm
Location: Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Speaker: Professor Jerry White

Price: 1p

In this Penny Lecture, Professor White explores how the war utterly dominated the city’s life, changing everything – not just for those four-and-a-quarter years of the most destructive war that human history had ever witnessed but for generations after. Even in the twenty-first century Londoners still live with many of the consequences of the First World War.

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The private life of Isaac Newton

Date: 20 September 2014, 1pm- 2pm

Location: The Royal Society,6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Speaker: Sarah Dry

Price: Free

When Isaac Newton died in 1727, he left behind more than ten million written words on religion, alchemy and church history. Unseen by almost anyone else during his lifetime, these private writings had the potential to undermine not just Newton’s reputation but science itself.

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Science and Technology

Invisible Resources

Date: 17 September 2014 from 4pm- 4.30pm
Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

Speaker: Zuzana Gombosova

Price: Free

The aim of this project is to explore the manufacturing potential of materials that are grown rather than made and, in particular, bacterial cellulose. Suzana developed a device capable of controlling the growth of bacterial cellulose by feeding bacteria in the area where we want to stimulate growth.

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The Face of Code

Date: 19 September 2014, 2pm to 2.30pm
Location: Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Speaker: Timothy Klofski

Price: Free

Our digital ontologies are in constant flux. Coding is brought into design processes, breaking pre-defined wysiwyg (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) environments and making computational and generative design a major part of the design practice.

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The Alternet

Date: 20 September 2014, 12pm to 12.30pm
Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Speaker: Sarah Gold

Price: Free

People are now aware of the manipulation and profiling made possible by the tsunami of data we all produce when using information technologies. The services that constitute the Internet depend on our data sustaining their businesses. In this scenario, recovering control of our privacy means regaining control of our data.

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Social Sciences and Critical Theory

"Walls, Barricades, Borders, Gates: Political Negligence and the Twenty-First Century City" Workshop

Date: 20 September 2014, 9.30am-7pm
Location: SOAS, Brunei Gallery, Room B111
Speakers: Dr. Rita Sakr, Professor Caroline Rooney and Dr. Karima Laachir

Price: £10 for students (see site for details)

The workshop will examine the impact of territorial markers and borders on the construction and destruction of urban communities and the implications of these continued transformations for security discourses and practices.

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Architecture and design


Date: 17 September 2014, 12pm to 12.30pm
Location: Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Speaker: Shu Zhou

Price: Free

Re-empowerment is an experimental social design project consisting of a set of urban interventions located in the former basement air defence shelter of a residential building in Beijing.

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Reimagining Mayfair: Public Presentation

Date: 19 September 2014, 6.30-7.45pm
Location: 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET

Price: Free
Hear from the four teams the Royal Academy selected to work up speculative ideas for reimagining the area of Mayfair to the north of the RA.

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Knocking the Corners off the Square Mile

Date: 18 September 2014, 6pm

Location: Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Speaker: Peter Wynne Rees

Price: Free

Jonathan Schifferes, research lead for the RSA’s City Growth Commission will engage Professor Rees in conversation, asking whether the value created by London’s growth trickles down to residents and out to other parts of the UK – how do we reconcile the demands of the property industry with a range of issues in the public interest?

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Art and Philosophy

Japanese Stoicism

Date: 16 September 2014, 4pm to 4.30pm
Location: Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Speaker: Kensuke Nakata

Price: Free

As a ceramic artist, Nakata is interested in raising awareness and sending messages though his art works, creating a political memorial which prompts the audience to question or remember social issues.

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Five Lives in Posters: A Panel Discussion

Date: 18 September 2014, 4pm to 6pm
Location: London College of Communication, LCC Lecture Theatre, London SE1 6SB
Speakers: Alan Kitching, Tony Brook, Naomi Games, Jessica Helfand, Dan Mather and Lars Muller. Chaired by John L Walters

Price: Free, but must reserve in advance

A panel discussion celebrating the legacy and centenary of five legends of poster design: Abram Games, Tom Eckersley, FHK Henrion, Josef Muller-Brockmann and Paul Rand.

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Fashion and Textile

Haute Bacon

Date: 16 September 2014, 12pm to 12.30pm
Central Saint Martins, Room A002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Speaker: Amy Congdon

Price: Free

The Haute Bacon collection is made using a technique called decellularisation, a process developed for regenerative medicine purposes that involves removing the cells from an organ, leaving behind the extracellular matrix. This material has subsequently been treated using various textile techniques such as dyeing, tanning and weaving. The resulting jewellery collection suggests a new way of producing luxury fashion, questioning how we might incorporate new techniques and processes into its production, both now and in the future.

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NYU London is pleased to announce details of a Society for Chemical Industry (SCI) London Region lecture by Professor Christopher Schofield, taking place at  6 Bedford Square on Thursday 9th October.

Beating the Superbugs: avoiding an antibiotic apocalypse

Thursday 9th October 2014, 6.00pm for 6.30pm start

New York University in London, 6 Bedford Square, WC1B 3RA

The chemistry of oxygen sensing in humans and bacteria (from antibiotics to epigenetics and back again)
The lecture will describe studies aimed at identifying the roles of oxygenases in regulation of protein biosynthesis and their therapeutic manipulation. Attempts to correlate the biochemical properties of oxygenases with their physiological roles, in particular with respect to oxygen sensing will be covered. In addition, work on enzymes involved in transcriptional and translational regulation, including via the oxygen-dependant modification of ribosomes will also be looked at.
Finally, progress on the development of selective inhibitors for human oxygenases will be reviewed.

Speaker: Prof Christopher Schofield FRS, Head of Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford

How to Register

Registration for this event is necessary. Please visit:

For details of the first London Region lecture of this term being held at the Chemistry Department of University College London, please see

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We have Paul Ryan who is the local PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) coming into Guilford and Byron tomorrow to give advice and hand out information about staying safe in the local area and in London. 
If you are interested in knowing more about the roles of PCSO’s then go here: 
Paul will also be able to register any of your valuables including your mobile phone, laptop, tablet and much more with Immobilise, which is a national personal property register. If one loses or has their registered item stolen then the police may be able to reunite individuals with their item if it is recovered.    
Please read more about it here: 
Remember to be careful when using your mobile phone on the street, always be aware of your surroundings and stand back away from the road. 
Try not to use your phone in public places - especially smartphones. These are often targeted by thieves - and recently released data shows that iphones tend to be the handsets of most interest to them:
You may catch Paul at the following times if you would like to speak to him: 
  • Thursday September 11th @ 4 - 5pm (Byron Court Reception)  
  • Thursday September 11th @ 5:15pm - 6:15pm (Guildford House Reception) 
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NYUL Talking Points Lecture:

 Is the Break-up of Britain Inevitable?
Tuesday 16th September 1.10pm - 1.50pm   
Academic Centre Room 102

On Thursday 18th September 2014, Scottish voters will be asked to decide on the following 
"Yes/No" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Recent polls suggest the two sides are neck and neck going into the final week before voting, with the momentum with the "Yes" campaign. 

In our first Talking Points lecture of the semester, Dr Scott Kelly (NYU London British Politics lecturer) will examine the impact of this historic vote on the future of the United Kingdom.  

Students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please RSVP to reserve a seat or seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day.

For further background:

BBC overview:
Scotland YES campaign:
Scotland NO campaign:

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