Festival of Change 2017-18
We are delighted to launch the Magdalene Festival of Change 2017-18.
The Magdalene Festival of Change is a unique opportunity to hear speakers across disciplines engaging with a key theme in the modern world: this year, the theme is Change.
Festival of Change events are open to all and free to attend.
The launch of the Festival will take place on Thursday 12th October at5pmin the Cripps Auditorium. A distinguished panel will discuss the way Change is key to different disciplines, from science to history, philosophy to anthropology.
Dr Rowan Williams, the Master of Magdalene, will chair the launch event panel which includes the modern Political Historian Dr Neil Ketchley (Kings College, London) who has just completed a major new book on “Egypt in the Time of Revolution”, Dr Francoise Barbira-Freedman, who is an expert in the interface between plant adaption and human health, and Dr Martin Ruehl who specialises in German philosophical thought.
The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception for the audience and panellists.
Magdalene Festival of Change Events
Thursday 12 October 2017, 5pm
What do we mean by 'Change'?
A panel discussion of the way we define, identify and engage with change in different disciplines.
Chair: Dr Rowan Williams
Thursday 26 October 2017, 5pm
Changing views on Climate Change
A panel discussion on climate change and the changing ways in which we adapt to it.
Chair: Dr Luke Skinner
Saturday 28 October 2017, 11.30am - 4.15pm
Collections and Legacies in a time of change
Symposium on collecting and preservation in a time of change.
Chair: Dr John Munns
Thursday 9 November 2017, 5pm
Extinction: a natural change?
A panel discussion about extinction in the natural world and the linguistic world.
Chair: Professor Paul Dupree
Thursday 23rd November 2017, 5pm
Adaptation and Change
Discussion of adaptations between media, such as film versions of novels. There will also be a short recital of musical adaptations.
Chair: Dr Michael Hrebeniak
Saturday 25th November 2017, 11.30am - 3pm
Change as theme, change as form
Poetry Readings and Discussions
Chairs: Mr Neil Wenborn and Dr Jane Hughes
Thursday 25th January 2018
Key Note Lecture on Change in the Classical World
Chair: Dr John Patterson
Thursday 8th February 2018
Life changes: Death and Grief
A panel discussion of the impact of major life changes
Saturday 10th February 2018, 11am - 3pm
Workshop aimed at young people, on changing ways in which we (and others!) communicate – from birds to humans, to robots.
Chair: Dr Hannah Critchlow
Thursday 22nd February 2018
A panel discussion on the ways political and social changes are reported.
Thursday 8th March 2018
A panel discussion on the political, social, legal and medical issues surrounding gender change.
Saturday 10th March 2018, 11am - 3pm
A workshop on Translation, aimed at young people.
Chairs: Ms Silke Mentchen and Dr Jane Hughes
In the Michaelmas Term (before Christmas), there will be an exhibition in the Pepys Library curated by Dr Hughes on Ovid the author of Metamorphosis - the bi-millennial anniversary of whose death is marked this year. Dates to be confirmed.