Renowned Yale historian and author to discuss Darwin, survival, and Empire
This year’s annual Darwin Lecture Series begins Friday 20 January with eminent Yale historian, Professor Paul Kennedy. In his lecture, he will discuss the connections between Darwin, survival, and Empire.
(PressZoom) - Prof Kennedy delves into the rise and fall of countries, and how Empires not only survived, but thrived: “Struggle was natural, and everywhere. Countries were either rising or falling. There was no standing still in the era of the Scramble for Africa, the Spanish-American War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the unprecedentedly bloody First World War. Slightly later, Darwinian struggle moved to fresh heights in the age of Fascism and Nazism.”
Paul Kennedy is currently the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University. He is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic and strategic issues.
The Darwin Lecture Series
The Twenty First Annual Darwin College Lecture Series, entitled ‘Survival’, begins Friday 20 January. As 'Survival of the fittest' is probably the best known reduction of Charles Darwin's theories, this year’s public series theme is a truly fitting focus for Darwin College.
The 21st Darwin College Lecture Series will address various aspects of human survival. The series will begin by examining the survival of one of the main types of political organisations within which humans have lived: empires. Culture and language have been integral parts not just of empires but of the human experience in the broadest sense, and will form the subjects of the following two lectures.
Subsequent lectures will consider questions of survival in the face of disease, disaster, and famine that are as profound for human beings now as in the past. The final two lectures will conclude the series by examining aspects of survival which have a distinctively modern feel: the biological challenge of living longer, and the future survival as a species on a planet influenced by climate change.
Prof William Brown, Master Darwin College, said: “At a time when concern is rising about the survival of so much that we cherish, this easily accessible programme of lectures offers a remarkable and authoritative overview of the risks and remedies.”
The organiser of this year’s prestigious series and a fellow of Darwin College, Dr Emily Shukburgh, said: “The Darwin College Lectures provide a wonderful and unique forum for exploring a theme in an interdisciplinary way. We are very pleased this year to present eight lectures from some of the world’s leading academics that will consider the survival of humankind in its broadest sense.”
The eight week lecture series will be highlighted by such prestigious speakers as Paul Kennedy, Professor of History and Director of International Security Studies at Yale University; Richard Feachem, the head of the UN Global Fund to fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and founding Director of the Institute for Global Health; and Cynthia Kenyon, the health and longevity guru from UCLA.
The lectures will be held for eight consecutive Fridays beginning on 20 January at 5.30 pm in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue.
Twenty First Annual Darwin College Lecture Series:
20 January - Survival of Empires Paul Kennedy
27 January - Survival of Culture Edith Hall
3 February - Survival of Languages Peter Austin
10 February - Survival of Disease Richard Feachem
17 February - Surviving Natural Disasters James Jackson
24 February - Surviving Famine Andrew Prentice
3 March - Surviving Longer Cynthia Kenyon
10 March - Survival into the Future Diana Liverman
Notes for Editors: Â 1. The lectures are given in The Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue, with an adjacent overflow theatre with live TV coverage. Each lecture is typically attended by 600 people so you must arrive early to ensure a place.
2. The Darwin Lectures run in the second term of each academic year, were established in 1986 and quickly established themselves as one of the highlights of the University's yearly programme of public education.
3. Each of the public series has been built around a single theme, approached in a multi-disciplinary way. Previous themes have included communications, intelligence, catastrophe and the environment. Each lecture is given by a leading authority on his or her subject. The list of distinguished speakers from previous years includes Stephen Hawking, Helena Kennedy, Jonathan Miller, Roger Penrose and Roy Porter. 4. This year’s Darwin Lectures Series will be published in a book by the Cambridge University Press (CUP). Past series are also available from CUP: e-mail -email@example.com, phone +44 (0)1223 326050, fax +44 (0)1223 326111.
2. Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge 01223 760 452
University of Cambridge
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