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​​​​​​​​​​The Living ​Room Lectures​

 

A series of short talks by University of Gloucestershire academics from and to our living rooms.  

In the spirit of social distancing, this series of short lectures will be streamed live on Facebook, each lasting for around half an hour including an opportunity to ask questions. The aim is to provide something of interest and curiosity to our varied community of students, staff, alumni, our local community and the general public.  

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​Topics are based on academic study and research appropriate to the current situation, although the subject areas are not necessarily d​irectly related to coronavirus or lockdown and will provide our audience with something of more general interest than academic paper.  


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The Living Roo​​​​​​m Lectures Season 2

Title/Speaker:

Race and IQ: Psychology, Politics and Myth Making
Dai Jones

Date/time:

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 1pm

Details:

Racialised discourses have been part of European and North American societies for centuries, being used to justify slavery, colonialism, and discrimination. The idea of genetically determined racial differences in IQ remains hotly contested, strongly promoted by some, and equally strongly objected to by others. 

​​​Dai, an objector, will briefly review the history of psych​ology’s dealings with race and IQ, to demonstrate that claims of scientific “fact" can’t be disentangled from political beliefs. The presenter will also evaluate contemporary claims about, and arguments for, race and IQ, to show that this entanglement is ongoing. ​

Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​

Title/Speaker:

Homophobia in Women's Sport
Dr Rachael Bullingham

Date/time:

Wednesday 4 November 2020, 4.30pm

Details:

Dr Rachael Bullingham, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, has a keen interest in social issues and physical education, and her research includes homophobia and concussion in sport. 

​Rachael will be talking about two research projects that examine the experiences of athletes in the UK, from grassroots to elite level in a range of team sports. The findings show a positive shift in the climate, including actively challenging homophobia on and off the field and inclusive banter. However, there is still clear evidence that the change is not straightforward and there are still some areas that need to be addressed by sporting administrations. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required

Title/Speaker:

The Power of Positive Thinking
Andy Lewis MBE

Date/time:

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 1pm

Details:

Andy Lews, Paralympic gold medal winning paratriathlete, will draw on his own life experiences to share his tips on the power of positivity in this live Living Room Lecture.  

Andy, who received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire in 2017 and works as an inspirational speaker, will speak about how to overcome dark times. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​

Title/Speaker:

Watching Wildlife in Winter
Professor Anne Goodenough

Date/time:

Wednesday 2 December 2020, 1pm

Details:

Get outside and appreciate winter wildlife in Gloucestershire and beyond this month with help and inspiration in this short lunchtime presentation. 

Winter can sometimes seem a quiet time in the natural world but if you know where to go, and what to look out for, there are some amazing wildlife opportunities. Watching deer rutting, seeing new-born seal pups, finding new winter-visiting birds, seeking out overwintering butterflies, exploring the wonders of the world of fungi, and even simply taking the time to appreciate the majesty of bare trees – winter can be a truly rewarding time to watch wildlife.  

Professor Anne Goodenough has broad teaching and research interests, from the nesting ecology of birds to the role of citizen science, and the study of starling murmurations. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​​

Title/Speaker:

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Heels
Professor Adam Hart

Date/time:

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 6pm

Details:

Chestnuts roasting on open fires, jack frost nipping at heels and Christmas jumpers - but how does the natural world deal with the onset of winter?  

In this winter-inspired Living Room Lecture, Professor Adam Hart will explore the many ways that animals deal with the challenges of a chilly festive season. 

Professor Adam Hart is a writer and broadcaster with a passion for all aspects of biology, and a particular interest in social insects such as ants and bees, and large-scale citizen science projects. 

​​Part of The​ Living Room Lectures Series. ​This short live online presentation will be followed by a live Q&A - please submit your questions during the lecture directly on facebook.

Venue/tickets:

Our Living Room Lectures are streamed live on Facebook​

Free, no booking or ticket required.​​​



 


 

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The Living Room Lectures Season 2

Top Tips ​for Staying Safe Online, Professor Kamal Bechkoum

With lockdown increasing our reliance on technology, Professor Kamal Bechkoum, Head of School (Business and Technology) and Director of the University’s Cyber Security & Digital Innovation Centre (C11), explores how we can improve our online security. ​​This short talk and Q&A will emphasise that cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility, covering The Grand Challenge of hyper-connectivity and the need to be cyber-prepared, the source and nature of threats, how not to be prepared (!), and top tips to make sure you are "Cybersecurity Prepared"

​Broadcast live on Wednesday 23 September 2020 on our Facebook page.
 


 

The Living ​​Room Lectures Season 1

Creative Photography in Lockdown, Trudie Ballantyne

Trudie will be sharing with you ideas and ways that you can be creative with your photography during these times of restricted movement. Using just your phone camera there are ways of seeing the mundane, familiar, everyday objects and people, in a fresh light. She will even give you a simple brief to try out to get those creative ideas flowing. 

Broadcast live on Wednesday 29 July 2020 on our Facebook page.

 


 

Coaching and the Power of Games an​d Play, Will Roberts

How does the 'Boing' play-based curriculum aims to support coaches and teachers to make physical activity more playful and inclusive?

Broadcast live on Wednesday 15 July 2020 on our Facebook page​.

 


 

Mapping the Music of Mig​​​​​​​​​​​​ration, Abi Gardner

How storytelling in music can counter negative stereotypes and open up a space of intercultural communication and awareness.​​

Broadcast live on Wednesday 1 July 2020 on our Facebook page.

 


 

Why Laughing in the Face of Adv​​​ersity is a Good Idea, Professor Graham Edgar

The world is a complicated place and we almost certainly cannot process all the information available to us at any one time. This means that we tend to focus on, and attend to certain aspects of the situation. A negative mood can lead to greater, 'tunnelling' – focusing on a smaller amount of information more intently. This talk will consider whether this is a good idea or whether, in the face of adversity, it is better to be in a positive mood – and laugh.​​

Broadcast live on Wednesday 17 June 2020 on our Facebook page​.

 


Wildlife Under Lockdo​​wn, Professor Adam Hart

Wildlife is appearing to thrive under lockdown, but globally, the picture is much more complex. What does Covid 19 mean for the future of conservation?​

Broadcast live on Wednesday 3 June 2020 as part of the Cheltenham Science Festival. 

 


 

Don't Jus​​t Throw Away the Key - The Education of Young Offenders, Dr Adeela Shafi MBE

Dr Adeela Shafi MBE, Reader in Education (Early Years and Education Studies), presents the first of the Living Room Lecture series, discussing her research into how education for young people who are incarcerated can be improved, and the truly transformative possibilities of education. 

Broadcast live on Wednesday 20 May 2020 on our Facebook page​.