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Lunch Hour Lectures

Lunch Hour Lectures are an opportunity for anyone to sample the exceptional research work taking place at UCL, in bite sized chunks. Speakers are drawn from across the university, and lectures frequently showcase new research and recent academic publications.

Lunch Hour Lectures take place 13:10 - 13:55, are free, and are open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis.

All lectures are streamed live online and can be watched by clicking on the Watch Lunch Hour Lectures online link above. Lectures can also be watched from one week after the event on our YouTube channel where all lectures will be subtitled.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Taboo - The ethics of abortion

13:10  — 13:55

Despite its legalisation in most western nations, a significant minority of people are still deeply morally opposed to abortion. Dr Greasley will explore exactly why the abortion problem…

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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Encore! Non-human personhood? Demanding legal rights for our next of kin

13:10  — 13:55

Is an orangutan an item of property or a being with legal rights? Around the globe, lawyers, philosophers and scientists have begun arguing such questions. While some say that only…

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Thursday 26 October 2017

Taboo - Speaking my mind or being myself? How should European law treat religious expression at work?

13:10  — 13:55

Religious symbols in work raise key issues about the future relationship between religion, law and state in Europe. Dr McCrea will ask whether courts should see religion as a form of…

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Thursday 2 November 2017

#trending - Is Euroscepticism unethical?

13:10  — 13:55

Both left-wing and right-wing voters judge the EU’s merits in terms of cost and benefits to the national interest. Professor Letsas will ask whether there are reasons of justice to…

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Thursday 16 November 2017

Taboo - The death of others: suicide in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

13:10  — 13:55

The movie The Lives of Others features suicide in the GDR in an impressive, but somewhat misleading way. The communist regime was not responsible for the high suicide rate. Dr Grashoff…

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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Encore! Who likes working in open-plan?

13:10  — 13:55

Why do some insist that they need the privacy of a cellular office while others insist that an open office landscape is better? Professor Penn will review what we know about the way…

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Thursday 23 November 2017

Opposites Attract – Facsimile cities: should architects now be making video game worlds?

13:10  — 13:55

For centuries, architects have dreamed up new cities and societies. Today, the widespread influence of contemporary video game technologies challenges the architect’s hold on speculative…

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

To Infinity and Beyond! Life in our solar system: redefining the habitable zone

13:10  — 13:55

Traditionally, the search for life beyond Earth has been in the ‘habitable zone’, where water may be, or may have been, present on a planetary surface. Professor Coates will examine…

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Thursday 30 November 2017

#trending – Language brokers, not stock brokers: young people as traders of culture

13:10  — 13:55

When young people migrate to a new country, they often learn the local language rapidly and inevitably begin to translate on behalf of their family. These ‘child language brokers’ translate…

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

Taboo – Lesbians as a metaphorical threat to the heteronormative national order? History of sexualities, politics and cinema under communism in Eastern Europe - Dr Urszula Chowaniec

13:10  — 13:55

Is there a history of lesbian life under communism? Following a screening of the 1982 film The Other Way, Dr Urszula Chowaniec will analyse the attitude to homosexuality in Eastern…

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