In addition to creating a research environment that enables scholars to produce world class inter-disciplinary research, the Institute organises high-level policy events that make a real difference in public life. The Institute ensures that new knowledge transcends the divide between academia and the public through an innovative programme of lectures, exhibitions, books, and online resources.
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Sir Michael Wheeler-Booth, on the current state of Britain’s unwritten constitution
Professor Mahmood Mamdani, on political violence in Darfur
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, on identity without boundaries
Prince Hassan of Jordan, covering a range of topics relevant to the contemporary human condition
The Right Honourable David Miliband MP, on the political challenges of climate change.
Recordings of most public lectures can be downloaded from www.durham.ac.uk/ias/recordings
High-level policy seminars
‘Enterprise, Innovation and Regional Growth’ led by IAS Fellow Paul Ormerod and Bridget Rosewell, Chief Economic advisor to Greater London Authority, presented to regional policy leaders.
‘Global Water Regulation’ led by the IAS in collaboration with Northumbrian Water.
Public debates •
Race, Religion and Inheritance – Durham Castle
Being Human: who cares? – Durham Town Hall
Is Water Good for your Health? – Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan’s College.
Books for a popular audience •
The Edge of Reason: Science and Religion in Modern Society (Continuum Press, September 2008)
Thinking About Almost Everything (Profile Books, March 2009)
Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics and the War on T
Artistic representations of themes
‘On Being Human’ Exhibition by Jane Alexander in Durham Cathedral.
‘Vessels of Life’ a sculpture by the Institute’s second Artist-in-Residence, Ranjitsinh Gaekwad, the Maharaja of Baroda, is now permanently displayed in Durham City’s Botanic Garden.
A documentary about the cleaning of the Rivers Tyne and Tees by IAS Water Fellow, Sudheer Gupta, who is also shooting a documentary about the disappearance of the Yamuna River in Dehli.
Chris Gollon ‘Being Human’
Chris Gollon was the Institute’s first Artist-in- Residence and held his position during the second term of the 2008-09 ‘Being Human’ theme. Chris first came to the attention of the art world as a finalist in The Spectator Prize in 1989 and has since exhibited nationally and internationally with the likes of Yoko Ono, David Bowie, Gavin Turk, and Tracey Emin. He has also had 6 solo museum shows in the UK. In 2000, he accepted a major commission from the Church of England to paint 14 Stations of
error (Pantheon, March 2009).
the Cross for a grade-one listed church in London designed in 1826 by Sir John Soane. Widely featured in the national press, the commissioned paintings are now installed permanently in St John on Bethnal Green, and became the subject of a book written by the British writer, Sara Maitland.
During his residency at the IAS, Chris produced 16 paintings for the Being Human theme, which have been captured in a stunning catalogue, Being Human, alongside short essays from other Fellows resident at the Institute at the same time as Chris. The collection was subsequently exhibited in London and two paintings were gifted by Chris to the Institute.
Since his residency at the IAS, Chris was one of five artists featured on the BBC’s Imagine programme in December 2009, and the art historian Tamsin Pickeral is currently writing a biography and critical survey of his work, to be published in 2010.
For a copy of Chris’s Being Humancatalogue email: email@example.com
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a leading criminal and human rights barrister who made her name handling some of the most high profile cases of recent times, such as the Brighton Bombing Trial and the appeal of the Guildford Four. In addition to the bar, she has set up her own foundation to help disadvantaged students get into higher education and is President of the School of Oriental and African Studies. She has written and broadcast on law and women's rights and currently presents Jeopardising Justice on BBC Radio 4 where she examines the ways in which the best intentions in legal reform can sometimes produce unexpected and unpalatable consequences.
In November 2009, Baroness Kennedy was invited to give the second King Hussein Memorial Lecture in Cultural Dialogue. This annual lecture is hosted by Durham
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