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16:00 - 19:00 22 November 2013

UCLoo Festival: Rose George Keynote Lecture


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre | Wilkins Building
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Rose George, Rose George has written three books: A Life Removed, on Liberian refugees; The Big Necessity: Adventures in the world of human waste, which the Economist judged one of the top science books of 2008; and Deep Sea and Foreign Going: Inside shipping, the invisible world that brings you 90% of everything. Her journalism has been published in the Guardian, Independent, New York Times, Scientific American and many others. In Februrary 2013, she gave a TED talk on sanitation that has been seen by more than half a million people.

The lecture will discuss how to talk about something that is considered unmentionable. She'll describe her writing process for The Big Necessity, and explain how she addressed the problem of 'the world's biggest unsolved public health crisis.' The talk will look at efforts that have been made over the last five years since her book was published, and consider whether sanitation is still a dirty subject, and whether frankness has any effect on policy or practical change.

The lecture will be followed by a followed by a drinks reception in room G04 of the Chadwick building.


Tse-Hui Teh
+44 (0) 207 679 4837 | t.teh@ucl.ac.uk