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Royal String Quartet

The Royal String Quartet has featured in prestigious festivals including the BBC Proms, City of London Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. They open their third season as Quartet in Residence at Queen’s University with a programme of works by Haydn, Philip Glass and Henryk Górecki.

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Roundtable on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, 'Citizen Involvement and Health', 22 October 2014, European Commission, Brussels

Dr Mark L. Flear opens the event with the talk ‘Citizens and the regulation of health technologies: risk, ethics and democracy’. The talk is one of several that is intended to provide expert input into the work of the European Group on Ethics (which advises the European Commsion). The EGE is now working on the development of its future Opinion on citizen involvement in health, including in the development of new health technologies . The Opinion will examine the societal and ethical implications of public engagement in the production of knowledge and innovation, particularly with regard to health policy, technology and practice.

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Is Individual Employment Law Displacing the Role of Trade Unions?

Trade unions have experienced significant turbulence over the past three decades as they seek to adapt to changes in the industrial, political, legal and economic environments. For unions in Ireland, a key change in the legal arena has been a substantial increase in the individual rights-based employment legislation. Based on a survey and interviews with union officials in Ireland, this seminar will examine whether individual employment law acts to undermine or enhance the role of trade unions and whether trade union officials use employment law to achieve change in the workplace and to mobilise workers. Dr Michelle O'Sullivan is a Lecturer in Industrial Relations in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations. Michelle previously worked as a trade union official with the Irish Medical Organisation, representing junior doctors. RSVPs requested - a light lunch will be provided

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Richard Wakely in Conversation with performer and choreographer Claire Cunningham

 Richard Wakely, Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, will speak with Festival Artist-in-Residence, Claire Cunningham about her experiences and latest work, ‘Guide Gods’, which looks at the perspectives of different Faiths towards the subject of disability. Claire Cunningham is a Glasgow-based performer and choreographer of multi-disciplinary performance. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renown self-identifying disabled artists, Cunningham's work is intelligent and humorous. It is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). Richard Wakely is the Director of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and is a member of the Board of Directors of Dance Ireland.

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"'One of the past': Strauss's self-image and the dynamics of history."

Dr David Larkin (Sydney Conservatorium)

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Music in Mind: The Role of Music Therapy in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

The purpose of the event is to examine how music therapy can be used to improve the mental health of children and adolescents. It will include the presentation of results from the world's largest randomised controlled trial to date of the effect of music therapy on the mental health of children with communication and emotional difficulties. The trial is a collaboration between a team from Queen's University and the Northern Ireland Music Therapy Trust, funded by the Big Lottery and based in the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust. Speakers will include: Prof. Dr. Christian Gold, Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Norway; Dr. Joanne Holmes; Medical Director & Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust; Prof. Sam Porter, Chair of Nursing Research and Principal Investigator, Music in Mind RCT; School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast. It is a free and open event but availability is limited and demand is anticipated to be high therefore places must be pre-booked. To book a place for this Conference, please contact the study Research Fellow, Dr Tracey McConnell at t.mcconnell@qub.ac.uk. Music and Mind Event Flyer

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Employment for adults with disabilities: Policies and Practice

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits. Short Biography:Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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Moynihan-O'Leary Duo

This event is a partnership between the School of Creative Arts at Queen's and the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen's.

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Seminar by Professor Mara Mills (New York University)

All are welcome. *Please note: Following the seminar there will be an opportunity to meet with Professor Mills, who is particularly interested in meeting with staff and students who are working in the area of assistive technologies. If you are interested in attending this meeting please email Dr Gascia Ouzounian,g.ouzounian@qub.ac.uk 'Text-to-Tone: History and Sounds of the Optophone' This talk will survey the history of Optophones across the 20th century. These 'musical print' machines converted text into tones, enabling blind readers to access print by ear. Historical recordings from several models of Optophone will be played. Biography for Professor Mara Mills Biography Mara Mills works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her research and teaching interests include communication history (especially related to telephones and reading practices), science and technology studies, disability theory, and mobile media studies. She is completing a book (On the Phone: Deafness and Communication Engineering) on the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of "communication engineering" in early twentieth-century telephony; this concept and set of practices later gave rise to information theory, digital coding, and cybernetics. Her second book project, Print Disability and New Reading Formats, examines the reformatting of print over the course of the past century by blind and other print disabled readers, with a focus on Talking Books and electronic reading machines. Mills is on the steering committee of the Science and Society Minor and is co-chair of the NYU Council for the Study of Disability. More information can be found at her website.

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History Staff-Postgrad Seminar

Meleisa Ono-George (University of Warwick), ‘“A Stain Upon Our Community”: Concubines, free people of colour and the Civil Rights movement in Jamaica, 1820 – 1833’. All welcome.

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Postgraduate Research Presentations

The School of Psychology's Research Seminar Series continues with presentations by two PhD students from the School. Kevin Latimer's talk is titled "Sub-second event timing in the human visual system". Patrick Flack's talk is titled "Identity change amongst loyalist paramilitary organisations". Research Seminars take place on Fridays at 4pm in Classroom 02.525, David Keir Building. For further information contact Mihalis Doumas, School of Psychology

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Agatha Christie's Astonishing Miss Marple

Agatha Christie continues to hold the record as the world’s best-selling fiction writer. Among the many characters she created is undoubtedly the world’s best known female sleuth, Miss Jane Marple. How much of Mrs Christie is in Miss Marple? And how much of Miss Marple is in Mrs Christie? Our course looks at the lives of these ladies, one real, one fictional and gently explores Miss Marple’s ‘career’ during which she solved no less that forty seven murders!

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Ayurveda: An Introduction, Group 1

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India. It is rooted in the principle that spirit, mind and body are inextricably linked. According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique psycho/physiological body type, which determines our individual traits and tendencies. In this workshop you will learn about your constitution and how to appreciate and make the best use of your unique qualities. Inappropriate diet and lifestyle lead to certain symptoms which in turn will eventually cause disease. We will look at practical diet and lifestyle changes you can make to bring balance into your life, address symptoms and help prevent disease.

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History Staff-Postgrad Seminar: John Harris, ‘Circuits of Capital, Circuits of Sorrow: financing the mid-19 century illegal trans-Atlantic Slave trade’

John Harris (John Hopkins University), ‘Circuits of Capital, Circuits of Sorrow: Financing the Mid-nineteenth Century Illegal Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade’ About John Harris: http://history.jhu.edu/directory/john-harris/

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Authority and the Teacher

The notions of authority in education has become an increasingly negative concept, regarded by some as championed only by the rigid traditionalists and those who cling on to outdated educational theory and philosophy. 'Authority and the Teacher', seeks to overturn the notion that authority is a restrictive force within education, serving only to stifle creativity and drown out the vice of the student. William H. Kitchen argues that any education must have, as one of its cornerstones, a component which encourages the fullest development of knowledge, which serves as the great educational emancipator. In this version of knowledge-driven education, the teacher's authority should be absolute, so as to ensure that the teacher has the scope to liberate their pupils. The pupil, in the avoidance of ignorance, can thus embrace what is rightfully theirs; the inheritance of intellectual riches passed down through time. By invoking the work of three major philosophers - Polanyi, Oakeshott and Wittgenstein - as well as contributions from other key thinkers on authority, William Kitchen underpins previous claims for the need for authority in education with the philosophical clout necessary to ensure these arguments permeate modern mainstream educational thinking.  Schedule 1:45pm – 2:00pm    Arrival and Registration 2:00pm – 2:10pm    Welcome Professor Paul Connolly, Head of School of Education 2:10pm – 2:50pm    Authority and the Teacher William H. Kitchen 2:50pm – 3:30pm    The death of the progressive, constructivist curriculum in Northern Ireland Mr Robert McCartney QC 3:30pm – 3:50pm    Break 3:50pm – 4:30pm    Sociological and Historical Authority Professor Frank Furedi 4:30pm – 5:00pm    Discussion and Questions Click here for the Flyer

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