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New high-profile lecture series launches at the University

18 Tachwedd 2008

This week sees the launch of a special series of public lectures at the University by distinguished international speakers as part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations.

Dr Paul Emmons from the School of Architecture at Virigina Tech, USA, will open the series tonight (18 November) with a lecture organised by the Welsh School of Architecture at 6pm in Bute Building’s Birt Acres Lecture Theatre.

Discussing the embodied imagination in architectural drawing practices, Dr Emmons will look at different approaches to hand drawing and consider how elements of manual drafting can be engaged in the development of electronic representational modes.

Two further lectures have been announced in the 125 Anniversary Lecture Series. On 27 November Professor Alain Pompidou, a former President of the European Patent Office, will be visiting the Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) to address some of the many questions being raised by the new bioknowledge economy.

Professor Pompidou’s lecture, sponsored by Cardiff Law School, will look at issues surrounding the use and technical transformation of natural biological resources, the monopolies related to patent rights, and the recognition of traditional knowledge.

On 26 January, Professor James Chandler will be visiting from the University of Chicago, where he serves as Director of the University’s Franke Institute for the Humanities, to examine the ‘Futures of Criticism’.

Considering the ways in which the study of English became institutionalised in the twentieth century, Professor Chandler will discuss literature in relation to cinema and the new media. This lecture has been organised by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.

As well as forming an important part of the University’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, it is hoped that these lectures, which are free and open to members of the public, will encourage international collaborations and promote the various Research Initiative Schemes which are in place across the University.

Additional lectures are to be announced for 2009.


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