The Living Room Lectures
12th May 2020
The University of Gloucestershire is launching a series of online lectures bringing academics from and to our living rooms.
With university life moving more into the digital world during the coronavirus pandemic, we have an opportunity to introduce some of our academics to our audience on social media and are launching a series of “Living Room Lectures” starting on Wednesday 20 May.
The series of short lectures will be streamed live on Facebook, each lasting for around half an hour including a Q&A.
Topics are based on academic study and research appropriate to the current situation, although the subject areas are not necessarily directly related to coronavirus or lockdown.
The first lecture will feature Dr Adeela Shafi, who will speak on the education of Young Offenders – “Don’t Just Throw Away the Key”.
Our Living Room Lectures series will run every other Wednesday at 1pm from 20th May onwards, and will be streamed live on the university’s Facebook page. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions during the livestream, and our presenters will do their best to answer these at the end of their short talk.
The full schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 20 May, 1pm
DON’T JUST THROW AWAY THE KEY – THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG OFFENDERS
Dr Adeela Shafi, Reader in Education (Early Years and Education Studies)
Wednesday 3 June, 1pm
WILDLIFE UNDER LOCKDOWN
Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication
This special lecture will be in partnership Cheltenham Science Festival at Home , and will be streamed live on their YouTube channel as part of the full festival programme. Wildlife is appearing to thrive under lockdown, but globally, the picture is much more complex. What does Covid 19 mean for the future of conservation? This event will be followed by a live Q&A with Adam on our own Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/uniofglos
Wednesday 17 June, 1pm
WHY LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY IS A GOOD IDEA
Graham Edgar, Professor of Psychology and Applied Neuroscience
The world is a complicated place and we almost certainly cannot process all the information available to us at any one time. This means that we tend to focus on, and attend to certain aspects of the situation. A negative mood can lead to greater, ‘tunnelling’ – focusing on a smaller amount of information more intently. This talk will consider whether this is a good idea or whether, in the face of adversity, it is better to be in a positive mood – and laugh.
Wednesday 1 July, 1pm
CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY IN LOCKDOWN
Trudie Ballantyne Meers, Academic Course Leader for Photography: Editorial and Advertising
Wednesday 15 July, 1pm
COACHING AND THE POWER OF GAMES AND PLAY
Will Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise
How does the ‘Boing’ play-based curriculum aims to support coaches and teachers to make physical activity more playful and inclusive?
Wednesday 29 July, 1pm
MAPPING THE MUSIC OF MIGRATION
Dr Abigail Gardner, Reader in Music and Media
How storytelling in music can counter negative stereotypes and open up a space of intercultural communication and awareness.
We do hope you will all come along – make sure you like the page and you will get a notification when we go live.