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Image: Narbi Price, who takes part in Newcastle University’s Insights Lectures

Newcastle University’s Insights series of free public lectures have sought to inform, stimulate, entertain and excite, with a vast range of opinions and subjects tackled over the years they’ve been running. Somewhat inevitably, this year the three-month long series have been moved online, but they’re no less topical or inspiring.

The programme comprises a mixture of Revisited lectures given over previous years, at which audiences can watch the filmed footage and join online conversations, and brand new virtual discussions. Highlights include Revisited lectures from Prof. Leigh Fought who talks about African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the women he met while staying in Newcastle (Tuesday 30th June); director of linguistics research Prof. Karen Corrigan introduces an online ‘time capsule’ collection capturing the dialect of Tyneside (Thursday 2nd July); author and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, Laura Bates discusses gender inequality and the fight against sexism (Tuesday 6th July); and in a lecture delivered back in 2011 by Emeritus professor Peter Olive, sustainable marine bioresources and biotechnology come under the microscope (Tuesday 28th July).

Brand new lectures for the season, which will be screened via YouTube alongside a live Q&A with the speaker, include a revealing lecture from Dr Tina Chanter about philosophy in times of crisis (Thursday 9th July); the University’s professor of creative writing Sinéad Morrissey considers poetry’s urgency during moments of heightened social and cultural upheaval (Thursday 16th July); and a special event on Thursday 23rd July will include discussions from early-year researchers who delve into new ideas through their research: Jack Hepworth discusses Ireland’s border before and after Brexit and artist Narbi Price discusses his work around the Pitmen Painters, and the cultural importance, output and legacy of the Ashington Group.

In August, visiting researcher Dr Andrew Marriott talks about controversies around the Victoria Cross medal (Thursday 6th August) and, in association with Hatton Gallery, sculptor Lloyd Gibson investigates Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn and the ‘biomorphic 40s’ (Thursday 20th August).

Newcastle University’s Insights lectures are free to view on YouTube, see individual links on their website

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