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19 October, 2017 - Taboo - The ethics of abortion

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Despite its legalisation in most western nations, a significant minority of people are still deeply morally opposed to abortion. Dr Greasley will explore exactly why the abortion problem has remained so morally intractable and how moral philosophers argue about the threshold of meaningful human life.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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24 October, 2017 - Encore! Non-human personhood? Demanding legal rights for our next of kin

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Is an orangutan an item of property or a being with legal rights? Around the globe, lawyers, philosophers and scientists have begun arguing such questions. While some say that only humans can hold rights, others want to grant entitlements to nonhumans, too. Primatologist Professor Sommer examines this controversy.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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26 October, 2017 - Taboo - Speaking my mind or being myself? How should European law treat religious expression at work?

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Religious symbols in work raise key issues about the future relationship between religion, law and state in Europe. Dr McCrea will ask whether courts should see religion as a form of identity like race or as a series of beliefs akin to political opinion or indeed if it should be courts that decide?

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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30 October, 2017 - Green Week

Time: 09:00:00 - 18:00:00

Join us for a week of festivities aimed to inspire and engage you in sustainable living! Green Week is a great opportunity for students and staff to celebrate and raise awareness of all the fantastic environmental initiatives taking place at UCL, and to inspire further action towards a more sustainable future. A whole host of green-themed events and activities get organised by staff and students across the university – film screenings, bake sales, bike workshops, biodiversity walks, craft activities and much much more!

Location: Various buildings across UCL throughout the week, Wilkins Building, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Hannah Biggs

Email: hannah.biggs@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)2031088815

2 November, 2017 - #trending - Is Euroscepticism unethical?

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Both left-wing and right-wing voters judge the EU’s merits in terms of cost and benefits to the national interest. Professor Letsas will ask whether there are reasons of justice to support supranational institutions, such as the EU, whether or not there is an overall benefit to the country.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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14 November, 2017 - The Promise and Pitfalls of Collaborative Governance

Time: 18:15:00 - 19:30:00

Thousands of experiments are underway around the world in problem-solving via collaboration across government, business, and civil society. This path to peace and prosperity is now codified in the Paris climate accord and in the Sustainable Development Goals, which explicitly call for multi-stakeholder collaboration as key to implementation. Such collaboration is clearly essential, yet both theory and practice raise red flags that need to be addressed if the promise is to be realised.

Location: LG04, 26 Bedford Way, , London, WC1H 0DS

Contact: Monica Barbone

Email: m.barbone@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 203 108 9289

16 November, 2017 - Taboo - The death of others: suicide in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

The movie The Lives of Others features suicide in the GDR in an impressive, but somewhat misleading way. The communist regime was not responsible for the high suicide rate. Dr Grashoff will provide a critical discussion of this politicised interpretation of suicide and highlight long-term cultural and social factors.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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21 November, 2017 - Encore! Who likes working in open-plan?

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Why do some insist that they need the privacy of a cellular office while others insist that an open office landscape is better? Professor Penn will review what we know about the way that the places in which we work affect the ways that we work.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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23 November, 2017 - Opposites Attract – Facsimile cities: should architects now be making video game worlds?

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

For centuries, architects have dreamed up new cities and societies. Today, the widespread influence of contemporary video game technologies challenges the architect’s hold on speculative worlds. Luke Caspar Pearson will discuss the links between these two fields, before exploring research projects that test how they may combine to construct new worlds together.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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28 November, 2017 - To Infinity and Beyond! Life in our solar system: redefining the habitable zone

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Traditionally, the search for life beyond Earth has been in the ‘habitable zone’, where water may be, or may have been, present on a planetary surface. Professor Coates will examine the key role that UCL has played in the ExoMars, Cassini and JUICE missions, which have broadened the search to include Mars and the ocean worlds of Enceladus, Titan and Europa.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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30 November, 2017 - #trending – Language brokers, not stock brokers: young people as traders of culture

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

When young people migrate to a new country, they often learn the local language rapidly and inevitably begin to translate on behalf of their family. These ‘child language brokers’ translate far more than words. In Dr Iqbal’s lecture, we enter their worlds and explore how they navigate different cultural and social systems.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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5 December, 2017 - Taboo – Lesbians as a metaphorical threat to the heteronormative national order? History of sexualities, politics and cinema under communism in Eastern Europe

Time: 13:10:00 - 13:55:00

Is there a history of lesbian life under communism? Following a screening of the 1982 film The Other Way, Dr Chowaniec will analyse the attitude to homosexuality in Eastern European communist settings and discuss the history of same-sex female desire, relationships and activity as threatening the dominating heterosexual lenses.

Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, access via Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Emma Wade

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12 December, 2017 - Launch of UCL’s Collaborative Social Science Domain (CSSD): supporting social scientists across the disciplinary spectrum at UCL

Time: 17:30:00 - 19:30:00

Hosted by Professor Alison Fuller, CSSD Chair and Pro Director (Research and Development), IoN, UCL Join us to formally launch UCL’s Collaborative Social Science Domain (CSSD) and learn more about our activities to date and plans for the future. This will be an ideal opportunity for UCL researchers to discover how our Domain can support them and facilitate new cross-disciplinary collaborations. There will be contributions from senior representatives from major research funding bodies who will discuss the role of cross-disciplinarity in their strategic priorities. We are delighted that James Wilsdon has agreed to deliver a keynote speech which will reflect on some of the opportunities and uncertainties for social science being created by UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund, the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund, Brexit and other major shifts in the UK research environment. More details on who else will be presenting can be found at the link below.

Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Basement, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Michael Reade

Email: m.reade@ucl.ac.uk

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