Tag Archive | Lectures

A Scientist’s Approach to the New Atheism – Edinburgh, 31 May 2011

This might be of interest to some:

Professor John Lennox, Public Lecture, 31 May 2011 at 4pm in New College, University of Edinburgh. Entitled “A Scientist’s Approach to the New Atheism”. See here for more details: NPBS Flyer (Draft).

I’ll definitely be there with both my academic hat on, and my slapping glove at the ready…


Cardiff University – Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK: Public Lecture Series 2011

Cardiff University

Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK

Public Lecture Series 2011

The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK is pleased to announce this year’s rich and varied programme of public lectures.

All begin at 7pm (lasting for about an hour) and take place in Lecture Theatre 0.31, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff University CF10 3EU.

Lectures are FREE and open to the public but booking is advised. To book, or for more information, please contact: events-islamcentre@cardiff.ac.uk

Tuesday 8th Feb 7pm

Jeremy Henzell-Thomas (Founder and former Executive Director of the Book Foundation): British and Muslim, or just Human…and what about Welshness? Some reflections on Identity.

Tuesday 15th Feb 7pm

Samia Bano (University of Reading): Muslim Women, Faith-based Arbitration and Family Disputes in Britain (in conjunction with Cardiff Law School).

Tuesday 22nd Feb 7pm

Dr. Gary Bunt (University of Wales, Trinity St. David): From Mosque to YouTube: Muslims in Britain and the Internet.

Tuesday 1st March 7pm

Sughra Ahmed (Research Fellow, Policy Research Centre of the Islamic Foundation): Seen and Not Heard: Voices of Young British Muslims- Exploring these Voices in Light of Current Social Policy Changes.

Tuesday 8th March 7pm

Dr. Elizabeth Poole (Staffordshire University): Shifting Patterns of Representation: British Muslims in the British Press.

Tuesday 15th March 7pm

Dr. Katherine E. Brown (Kings College London): Beyond Security: British Muslim Women’s Constructions of Citizenship.

Tuesday 22nd March 7pm

Roz Warden (Current Islam-UK Centre PhD Student): Exploring Islamic Social Work: Early Research Findings.

Carl Morris (Current Islam-UK Centre PhD Student): Sounds Islamic? Contemporary Muslim Musicians in the UK.

Tuesday 29th March 7pm

Mufti Mohammed Zubair Butt (Senior Advisor on Islamic Law, Institute of Islamic Jurisprudence, Bradford): Islam, Ethics and Health Care- Issues and Challenges (in conjunction with Cardiff University School of Medicine).

How to reach us:

Location and Travel
The Humanities Building is fully accessible. The nearest train station (Cathays) is a 5 minute walk and a short stop from Cardiff Central (main line) or Cardiff Queen Street Stations. For a map of the University, please do visit:http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/locations/maps/index.html

Please feel free to circulate this information amongst your friends and networks. We hope to welcome you soon.

Dr. Sophie Gilliat-Ray

Director, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.


Grace Davie Seminar, March 2011 (via Religion And Society Edinburgh Network)

Definitely worth putting in the diary! One of those names that you just cannot avoid when working in my field…

Grace Davie, University of Exeter, probably needs no introduction. She is a leading sociologist of religion and author of, amongst other works: The Sociology of Religion (2007); Europe, the Exceptional Case. Parameters of Faith in the Modern World (2002); Religion in Modern Europe: A Memory Mutates (2000); Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging (1994). Professor Davie will be speaking on the topic of “Understanding Religion i … Read More

via Religion And Society Edinburgh Network

Public Lecture: Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

Today I received a notice of this public lecture, happening at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

You are warmly invited to a public lecture by Dr Liz Grant on Combating HIV / AIDS, Malaria and other diseases. This is part of the ongoing series of events on the Millennium Development Goals. This will take place on Thursday 13 January 2011 at 5.30pm in the Martin Hall, New College. All are welcome.

Only two of the Millennium Development Goals use the language of war. Goal 1 to eradicate poverty and Goal 6 to combat disease. In this lecture Dr Grant will interrogate the use of this language, exploring the ways in which diseases create cycles of economic, social, and emotional poverty. She will also consider the role that faith communities play in tackling both the consequences and causes of these diseases.


Dr Liz Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development, in the University of Edinburgh’s Global Health Academy and leads the international palliative care research strand in the Primary Palliative Care Research programme in the Centre for Population Health Sciences.

She is currently bringing forward new Distance Learning Masters programmes on the Global Burden of Chronic (Non Communicable Diseases)  specifically aimed at supporting health personnel in low income countries engage with the dynamics of the chronic disease burden  while remaining in situ and in their working environments. Her research interests are in international palliative care, health workforce in low income countries, HIV care and rehabilitation, and the interactions between religious beliefs and health systems.

Dr Grant works part time for NHS Lothian coordinating NHS Lothian’s partnership with Zambia, and has carried out a number of consultancies in Sub Saharan Africa in the field of HIV/AIDS, cancer and palliative care.  She sits on the Scottish board of CBM and HIV Scotland.  Previously Dr Grant was the Health Advisor to the Scottish Government’s International Development team.  She worked in Kenya for a number of years as a Community Health Advisor at Chogoria Hospital with responsibility for young people’s sexual health and for palliative care services.  Her PhD studies (at the CSCNWW, New College) were based in Sierra Leone and explored the interconnection between traditional beliefs and Christianity.


More on the series:

In 2000, 189 countries signed the UN Millennium Declaration, a historic commitment to pursue the eradication of poverty, and set eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which required progress in specific areas by 2015.

To help investigate progress towards the goals the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, the Centre for International Development at Glasgow University and Christian Aid Scotland have organised a series of eight public events in late 2010 and early 2011. This is the fifth event in the series entitled: The Millennium Development Goals: So Near and Yet So Far.

Gifford Lecture Series – Edinburgh – Science, Religion and Modernity

Some of you might be interested in the following lecture series happening at the University of Edinburgh in February 2011. I have my tickets booked!

This lecture series will offer a revised history of science-religion interactions in the West.  It will consider the way in which religious concerns have shaped the study of nature over the past 2000 years, with a particular focus on the changing boundaries of science and religion.  It will be argued that these two ideas—science and religion—are distinctively Western and modern, that they are mutually interdependent, and that a recognition of their history will help revise our understanding of their present relations.

Lectures by Professor Peter Harrison. He is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, having previously been Professor of History and Philosophy at Bond University, Australia. Professor Harrison’s work intersects with two previous Edinburgh Gifford Lecture Series: Mary Midgley’s Science and Salvation, and James Barr’s The Garden of Eden and the Hope of Immortality.

Dates: 14, 15, 17, 21, 22 and 24 February 2011
All lectures take place at 5.30 pm

Venue: St Cecilia’s Hall, Cowgate, Edinburgh

These lectures are free but ticketed. See here for tickets, abstracts and more information.