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On tour Summer 2011

A series of 4 Lunch Hour Lectures on tour at the British Museum during Thursdays in June 2011.

View lunch hour lectures below (as streamed media files) by clicking on the lecture titles, or visit us on Youtube or  UCL iTunes U.

A climate of fear:  What the past tells us about human responses to climate change (9 June 2011)

Dr Joe Flatman (UCL Institute of Archaeology)

Linking in with World Environment Day (5 June 2010), archaeologist Joe Flatman uses ten objects from the British Museum to explore what the past tells us about human responses to climate change. The barrage of conflicting information about climate change can seem insurmountable - a mass of data on a problem too big for any one person to understand or any one community to manage. Archaeology offers a key to unlocking this problem: ancient objects from around the world provide us with insights into how people in the past dealt with, perceived of, responded to and ultimately prospered in changing climates. Archaeology thus also provides analogies for how modern society can face the 'climate challenge' in the 21st century – and beyond.

30 years and still counting:  slowing the spread of HIV in a complex world (16 June 2011)

Professor Anne Johnson (UCL Population health)

Nearly 30 years on from the first description of AIDS, there are now over 33 million people estimated to be infected with HIV worldwide. Thanks to new drugs, people with HIV are now living longer and healthier lives.  However, less than a third of people who could benefit currently get treatment, and for every 2 people put on treatment, 5 more are becoming infected. This lecture looks at the successes and failures of HIV prevention and explore the social, economic and technical challenges involved in slowing its future spread.

Desirability and domination: Greek sculpture and the modern male body (23 June 2011)

Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek and Latin)

This lecture discusses Greek sculptures and some of the ways in which their ideal representations of the male body have shaped the twentieth century strong man and the bodybuilder, particularly in terms of their display of power and sexuality. The talk will include the culture of the circus strongman, bodybuilding shows, physique magazines and the post-war craze for Italian sword-and-sandal films starring bodybuilders as ancient heroes.

Science meets art: investigating pigments in art and archaeology (30 June 2011)

Professor Robin Clark CNZM, FRS (UCL Chemistry)

Professor Robin Clark has used pigment analysis to reveal the secrets of the Lindisfarne Gospels, Gutenberg Bibles, Greek icons, forged papyri and the '36th Vermeer painting'. In this lecture Professor Clark explains and explores how the technique of Raman spectroscopy has helped in the restoration, conservation and dating of artwork along with the detection of forgeries.

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