Wednesday Lecture Programme
This series of weekly lectures will take place in Room 3 of the University Lecture Rooms
at no. 8 Mill Lane, starting at 2.15 pm.
All members are welcome to attend. Please have your membership cards ready to show on entry. Non-members may attend as guests for a fee of £2 per lecture, subject to availability of space.
Any last minute changes to the programme of Wednesday lectures will be publicised in the weekly bulletin
How Secular a Society Are We?
Dr. Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
**Tickets are required for this lecture – please complete the application form in the August newsletter**
We often hear it said that we are a secular nation these days; but how accurate is this as an analysis? The lecture will look at the diverse ways in which religion continues to be present and active in communities – and it will also ask some questions about the whole place of voluntary associations in modern British culture and politics.
Seventy Five Years of Cambridge Computing
Professor Haroon Ahmed, Visiting Professor, Computer Laboratory, Cambridge
The first Computer Laboratory anywhere in the world was founded by John Lennard-Jones and led by Maurice Wilkes for 35 years to world class status. The first programmable computer to come into general service, EDSAC was created in the Laboratory. The talk will also touch upon other Cambridge pioneers, Babbage and Turing.
Reflections on the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939
Professor Paul Preston, Príncipe de Asturias Professor of Contemporary Spanish History at the London School of Economics
Paul Preston is the author of several books on the Spanish Civil War including ¡Comrades! Portraits from the Spanish Civil War (1999); The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution, Revenge (2006); We Saw Spain Die (2008) and The Spanish Holocaust. Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain (2012). In this lecture, he reflects on the causes and course of the conflict, both in its time and context and on its legacy in Spain today.
Innovation in Cambridge
Dr. Elizabeth Garnsey, Reader Emeritus in Innovation Studies, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge
Cambridge has become a centre of technology innovation as a result of the expansion of clusters of technology firms that originated in the university. New opportunities are arising for tech companies targeting emerging markets. But Cambridge has not pioneered city-wide environmental innovations. The contrast between leading science and technology enterprise on the one hand and lagging urban environment on the other will be explored.
The Great Angel Roofs of East Anglian Churches
Robert Walker, retired Cambridgeshire Conservation Officer and church historian
There can be few more impressive sights than the great angel roof at St Wendreda's church in March, which is richly decorated with angels and saints bearing instruments and symbols. That roof is one of many in East Anglia which delight the eye but conceal their meaning. Robert will illustrate and attempt to explain these architectural wonders.
Commemorating Women in World War I
Dr Deborah Thom, College Lecturer in History, Robinson College, University of Cambridge
As the centenary approaches controversy over what the war changed for women continues and commemoration reflects the different ways in which women’s contribution to war was recognised and recorded. Photography and painting provided one way in which history began to be made from the war period itself and this illustrated talk with local examples shows how the visual record helped make the history emphasise change rather than continuity.
Apollo: The American Manned Spaceflight to the Moon
John Wright, Ex-Aviator and member U3A Huntingdon
After a short introduction on the background to the US manned space programme, and the events leading up to the start of the 'Space Race', the Mercury & Gemini flights are reviewed. The Apollo missions are examined in more detail, especially the first moon landing.
The Press and the Role of the Society of Editors
Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, The Society of Editors
Against a background of the controversy surrounding the Leveson Reports he will explain the role of the Cambridge based Society of Editors and discuss the importance of a free and healthy media in any democracy.
Bother with Bees
Dr Bill Block, Emeritus Fellow at British Antarctic Survey, local beekeeper and U3AC member
Insect pollination contributes hugely to British agriculture and honey bees play an important role in it. Beekeeping has changed dramatically over recent decades with pests and diseases increasing in importance together with changes in agriculture. After an introduction to modern beekeeping, I will discuss how these challenges are being met.