Public Events

Events open to the Public

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/grace-o-malley/9/352/67a. Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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'The Scottish Independence Referendum and Northern Ireland’

A half-day workshop organised by the Constitutional Futures Interdisciplinary Research Group in the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB, with Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh and funded by the ESRC.

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Calling all Scientists - What's it like being you?

The event is organised by Queen’s University in collaboration with the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and is part of a nationwide-project to gather views and encourage debate about how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their career.

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Screening: Runaway Jury

To welcome new and returning students, the QUB Law School Film Group is screening the suspense filled thriller ‘Runaway Jury’ on Wednesday 24 September 2014 at 16:00-18:30 in Lanyon Building/OG/074, Queen’s University Belfast. The film will be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of QUB, the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, and members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 1

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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Human Workshop

Steve Davis

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Screening and Discussion: Of Mice and Men

The QUB Law School Film Group are screening the classic ‘Of Mice and Men’ on Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 15:30-18:30 in Lanyon Building/OG/074, Queen’s University Belfast. The film will be followed by a discussion led by experts in literature, disability rights and law. This will also be followed by a social drink in the Parlour Bar on Elmwood Avenue. This event is free and open to everyone - you do not have to be part of QUB, the Law School or Film Group to attend. The QUB Law School Film Group welcomes - film enthusiasts, scholars/students from all disciplines, and members of the public who just want to grab the opportunity of seeing a film that they missed first time round – to its monthly movie night. On the first Wednesday of every month we screen a film that relates to legal principles and the challenges they face.

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Human

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QUMS Parents' and Guardians' Evening

Queen's University Management School invites parents/guardians and their children (that are considering going to university in September 2015). The purpose of this event is to give you an opportunity to speak informally with staff and students within the School, to find out more about the specific degree programmes which we offer, to learn more about Queen's University Management School and life at Queen's University in general. Ultimately, we hope that you choose to apply for at least one of our programmes when you complete your UCAS application. We currently offer degree programmes in the following areas: BSc Accounting BSc Actuarial Science and Risk Management BSc Business Economics BSc Business Management BSc Economics BSc Finance BSc International Business with a Language (French, Spanish, German, Portuguese or Mandarin) Junior Parents’ and Guardians’ Evening: note the event on 2 October 2015 is specifically for pupils considering university for September 2015 entry, however Queen’s University Management School will be holding a separate Junior Parents’ and Guardians’ Evening – date to be advised.

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Remedying the Past, Healing for the Future

Queen’s University Belfast. The keynote speech will be delivered by Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, a Brazilian judge at the International Court of Justice, former President and judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and a professor of international law. During his time at the Inter-American Court, Judge Cançado Trindade was involved in deciding numerous cases on gross human rights violations committed by state and non-state actors, such as disappearances, torture, and state collusion. Through this case law, Judge Cançado Trindade played a key role in developing the Court’s extensive reparation regime, as well as tackling issues of amnesties and prosecution of historical crimes. At the International Court of Justice, he continues to contribute to the development of international norms on remedying gross violations of human rights. Subsequent conference panels will bring together academics and local practitioners to discuss appropriate remedies in dealing with the past in Northern Ireland. A workshop in the morning session will allow conference participants to share their thoughts and views on remedies. This discussion will inform the debate after lunch, where conference attendees will be able to engage in a conversation with academics on the experiences of remedies in other situations and their applicability to Northern Ireland. This conference hopes to encourage an informed discussion around remedying the past. Given the limitations in criminal trials and truth processes, reparations can offer tangible measures to improve the quality of life and dignity of victims and survivors. In light of the fallout around the ‘recognition payment’ in the Consultative Group of the Past’s report, reparations have been a neglected issue in dealing with the past. We will draw upon the experience of Judge Cançado Trindade, academics and local practitioners to evaluate how the past can be more effectively remedied in Northern Ireland and how other countries have used reparations as more victim-centred means to address the past.

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Supporting your Family (Son/Daughter) through Higher Education

Choices around Higher Education study can be challenging in terms of choice, cost and commitment. This one-day programme is designed to help you the parent, extend your knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education system to better support your son or daughter through this process from the initial stages through to degree success and graduate employment. While the decision making is the preserve and the responsibility of the aspiring student, parents are key stakeholders and influencers so this course is designed to take you from the broad perspective of the current HE landscape through to the specifics involved in choosing courses and institutions. It will increase your understanding of the requirements, both academic achievement and personal experience, and provide the opportunity to explore different routes and strategies which your son or daughter might consider.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 1

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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CEC - Dr Bruce Piasecki

'Competition in a World of 7 Billion Citizens: A New Model for Business Growth'

Dr Bruce Piasecki
President and Founder of New York State-based management consulting firm, AHC Group

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Seminar

"Christological analysis of the libretto of Handel's Messiah" Speaker Dr Kerry Houston (DIT)

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St Patrick: The Archaeology and the Texts

In recent years our understanding about the 5th century has been transformed by archaeology and new techniques of reading Patrick’s texts. This two-day intensive workshop will bring participants up to speed on current thinking about this most enigmatic figure. Only two texts are known from the 5th century in the entire British Isles and Patrick wrote both of them!

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World Mental Health Day Public Lecture - Living with Schizophrenia

The Northern Ireland Branch of The British Psychological Society and The School of Psychology, Queen’s University Belfast are delighted to announce a free Public Lecture to mark World Mental Health Day.

Speakers

Dr Adrian Boyd, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Northern Trust ‘Can we prevent Psychosis?  Examining the field of ‘At Risk Mental States’ and psychosis prevention’

Dr Ciaran Mulholland, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Queen’s University Belfast and Consultant Psychiatrist, Northern Trust ‘Trauma and psychosis: the impact of "The Troubles" on mental health’

Adrian and Ciaran will be joined by some guest speakers.

Can we prevent Psychosis?  Examining the field of ‘At Risk Mental States’ and psychosis prevention

Dr Adrian Boyd, Specialist Clinical Psychologist Northern Trust

Adrian is  a Specialist Clinical Psychologist with the Northern HSCT specialising in the area of psychosis and severe mental illness.  He qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Queens University Belfast and has  held posts in the Belfast HSCT and Northern HSCT before accepting his current specialist post with Northern HSCT. This is a joint post incorporating interventions focused at both ends of the psychosis continuum. The first is in the field of psychosis prevention and early detection, utilising the concept of ‘at risk mental states’ (ARMS) to identify and intervene with young people seeking help with unusual experiences. The second is in the field of rehabilitation and recovery from psychosis, providing psychological interventions to aid individuals overcome and manage their difficulties in the most effective way and to maximise their recovery and quality of life. His research interests are in the aetiological factors of psychotic experience, complex trauma and its links with psychosis and recovery and in psychosis prevention.

There is a growing body of research developing in the domain of psychosis prevention. This research has resulted in the identification of criteria which may enable clinicians to detect individuals that are at a higher risk of developing psychosis at a later point in their life. The development of this criteria and consequent concept of identifiable ‘at risk mental states’ has raised the possibility that psychological interventions aimed at ameliorating known risk factors can be provided to those who are in greatest need. As a result this research suggests that it may be possible to prevent an episode of psychosis from occurring or delay it past the critical developmental period of adolescence.
This talk will examine the research in this area and examine the newly formed STEP service in the Northern HSCT as a model of service provision  in Northern Ireland.

Trauma and psychosis: the impact of "The Troubles" on mental health

Dr Ciaran Mulholland, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at Queen’s University Belfast & Consultant Psychiatrist , Northern Trust

Ciaran is a Senior Lecturer in psychiatry at Queens University Belfast and a consultant psychiatrist in the Northern Trust. He has both a clinical and a research interest in the early stages of psychotic illness and the role of psychological trauma in the causation of such illnesses.

There is evidence that mental illnesses in general and psychotic illnesses in particular are more common in Northern Ireland than in England, Scotland, Wales and the south of Ireland.
This evidence and possible reasons for the apparently higher rates will be explored in his talk. It will be suggested that the negative effects of "The Troubles" on mental health require further research and that close attention must be given to addressing the legacy of four decades of violence through health interventions

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Massage for Stress Relief and Relaxation: An Introduction

Would you like to be able to give a treat which is good for body and soul? Over 2 Saturdays, Holistic therapist, Rosie Cowan, will show you the wonderful stress-relieving benefits of massage while guiding you through basic strokes which you can carry out at home with no special equipment required. Please bring a couple of large bath towels and a couple of pillows or cushions.

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Viva Chile Mierda

Chile, 1974. Under the cloak of darkness Pinochet's military intelligence service raid the home of the filmmaker's aunt Gaby. She, together with her husband and brother, were blindfolded and taken to a secret military prison to be interrogated. For three weeks they were tortured and terrorized. No one knew where they were. Their children were kept under armed guard. Were it not for the help given to them by one young prison guard, they would not have coped. That guard was Andres 'Papudo' Valenzuela, who several years later would be the first military intelligence officer to admit to the crimes committed by the dictatorship. Through intimate interviews, illustrations, animations and first person voice over, this film traces the lives of both prisoners and guard in order to reflect on the enduring effects of this traumatic history. Their stories shine light on larger issues of exile, national identity, truth and reconciliation.

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Viva Chile Mierda

Chile, 1974. Under the cloak of darkness Pinochet's military intelligence service raid the home of the filmmaker's aunt Gaby. She, together with her husband and brother, were blindfolded and taken to a secret military prison to be interrogated. For three weeks they were tortured and terrorized. No one knew where they were. Their children were kept under armed guard. Were it not for the help given to them by one young prison guard, they would not have coped. That guard was Andres 'Papudo' Valenzuela, who several years later would be the first military intelligence officer to admit to the crimes committed by the dictatorship. Through intimate interviews, illustrations, animations and first person voice over, this film traces the lives of both prisoners and guard in order to reflect on the enduring effects of this traumatic history. Their stories shine light on larger issues of exile, national identity, truth and reconciliation.

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Assertiveness: An Introduction

Assertiveness is the art of clear, honest, direct communication, and is closely linked to the ability to see ourselves as unique and worthy of respect. In this one-day workshop we will learn: core skills; non- verbal elements; how to recognise barriers; and how to improve our self-esteem.

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Researching First World War Ancestors

Was your ancestor in the army, navy or air force? Do you want to know where to find records of service or death? This workshop will provide you with the information you need. Students should have some familiarity with using computers and the internet as some time will be set aside to look at the most useful websites and databases.

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The 2014 Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture

 To commemorate Stewart Parker’s 26th anniversary, QUB Drama and the School of Creative Arts is delighted to welcome one of our most renowned actors for stage and screen, ADRIAN DUNBAR, who will deliver this year’s Stewart Parker Memorial Lecture.

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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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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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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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Concert, Sonic Arts

Sonic Lab

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Act French!

This two half-day workshop over 2 Wednesdays will suit students with an intermediate level of French. It will provide opportunities for students to improve their communication skills in French while improving their pronunciation, developing their vocabulary and boosting their confidence. The workshop will consist of short, guided improvisations, writing short scripts and acting out short scenes from famous French works.

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Analogue-Digital Dialogues in Contemporary Experimental Film'

Dr Kim Knowles

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Concert, Sonic Arts

Sonic Lab

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 1

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 1

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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"The Past Frames The Composer Frames The Past"

Professor Piers Hellawell (QUB)

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Beyond stereotypes: innovative original works for harp

"“Originally from Birmingham, Tanya Houghton studied in Cambridge, London and Paris before embarking on a career as a freelance harpist of many different guises. Her recital today explores repertoire that takes the harp beyond its traditional musical stereotype, including Britten's Suite for Harp and works by Hindemith and Canadian harpist Caroline Lizotte. Tanya's freelance work includes solo, chamber and orchestral playing. She has developed a specialism in playing for singers, both in the operatic world and as an accompanist to soloists and choirs. Last November she was honoured to play for Britten’s 100th birthday concert in Wigmore Hall, London, accompanying Nicholas Mulroy in Britten’s Canticle V :The Death of St Narcissus. Earlier in 2013 she enjoyed a tour (with performances in the Hermitage, St Petersburg and Southwark Cathedral) of the complete Britten Church Parables led by Roger Vignoles. She has a thriving duo partnership with mezzo-soprano Cerys Jones and recently accompanied soprano Rebecca van der Berg for the Ryedale Festival. Tanya’s orchestral work includes appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra amongst others. She is principal harpist of Orchestra of the Swan. She has had the privilege of working with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington and Edward Gardner. "

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Improvisation Trio from Brazil

"The three musicians began performing as part of the ""Itiberê Orchestra Family"", an instrumental music group led by musician Itiberê Zwarg. With this formation, they participated in the recordings of several CDs, including the 'Pedra do Espia' (2002) and 'Mundo Verde Esperança' (2002) by Hermeto Pascoal. Each of the three members has a very diverse artistic trajectory, appearing with other musical groups, being part of recordings and carrying out music research. This trio formed with Pedro Albuquerque joining in 2010, the year in which cellist Maria Clara Valle also came to the group. Renata Neves joined the group for the first time during performances at the Cadilda Becker Theatre in Rio de Janeiro, in 2011."

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Research Impact Showcase & Publication Launch

This exciting showcase event is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with, hear from, and talk to internationally-acclaimed researchers from Queen's University Belfast. Come and discover how their research impacts on all of our lives.

Launch of The DNA of Innovation, Volume 4:

A new publication that profiles academics present at the showcase and a little of their research will be launched here. Take a copy away with you after the event.

More details to follow in due course on our website: go.qub.ac.uk/impact

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Sonic Arts

Sonic Arts

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Sonic Arts

Sonic Arts

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Grand Irish Melodramas at the Grand Opera House

Grand Irish Melodramas at the Grand Opera House with Christopher Fitz-Simon.

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The Alison Dunlop Memorial Lecture: "Newly Discovered Harpsichord Suites by Georg and Gottlieb Muffat"

Dr Glenn Wilson (Musikhochschule Würzburg)

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The Alison Dunlop Memorial Recital

" Japanese harpsichordist Naoko Akutagawa has been engaged by the CD label NAXOS to record the 27 newly-discovered Suites by the great 18th-century Viennese composer Gottlieb Muffat. She had the privilege of working closely with Dr Alison Dunlop from the beginning of the project, the first disc of which was released in 2013, and Alison's achievement will be the foundation for its continuation. This Memorial Concert will be the first known performance for over 200 years of three of these masterpieces of baroque keyboard music. "Naoko Akutagawa (harpsichord)

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The Challenge of Capturing Impact: Fionnuala Kennedy of Kabosh Theatre Company reflects on their work

Fionnula Kennedy (Director with Kabosh) and Victoria Durrer (QUB)

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Marin Von Gorkom

Sonic Arts - Marin Von Gorkom

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Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

Originally a star of the Broadway stage, Douglas Fairbanks began his film career not as Zorro, Robin Hood, or d'Artagnan, but in a series of contemporary comedies and western dramas filmed under the auspices of the Triangle Film Company. Perhaps the most idiosyncratic of the series was The Half-Breed, released July 1916, in which the star played a half-white/half-Indian outcast suffering from the prejudices of local townspeople. Created by a team of future film legends (director Allan Dwan, production supervisor D.W. Griffith, cinematographer Victor Fleming), the cast also includes: Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, and Jewel Carmen. For decades the film had been available only in severely degraded and abbreviated versions, until the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinematheque française collaborated to restore the film back to its original 1916 release version. Rob Byrne 

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Marin Von Gorkom

Sonic Arts - Marin Von Gorkom Directed by Claudie Landy

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Stephen Livingstone Annual Lecture 2014

Human Rights in a Neo-liberal World

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"Gossiping to Music in Renaissance France"

Prof Jeanice Brooks (Southampton)

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Gordon Campbell (trombone) with Steve Barnett & Friends

The popular pre-Christmas jazz recital this year sees the welcome return of Gordon Campbell, star jazz trombonist and principal with the BBC Big Band, John Wilson Orchestra and other leading jazz and popular ensembles in London.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 2

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Christmas Concert I

Students of Junior Academy of Music

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Raviv Gandrow

Raviv Gandrow - Sonic Arts

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Raviv Gandrow

Raviv Gandrow - Sonic Arts

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QUB Big Band Christmas Concert

Join us for our annual celebration of the season through Big Band Jazz, when the virtuosi of QUB Big Band are directed by Steve Barnett. Jazz favourites, from the Swing Era through to the 70s, will be spiced with seasonal favourites for Christmas time.

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Christmas Concert ii

Students of Junior Academy of Music

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“Music Memory: parading the past in Belfast”

Dr Ray Casserly (CIEE)

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Bach To The Future - i

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) "With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys is much in demand as a chamber musician and soloist, with performances taking her across the globe. Her first concerto recording, of Christopher Wright’s Violin Concerto for Dutton Epoch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, was released recently to great critical acclaim, including selection as ‘Orchestral Choice CD’ in a 5 star review in the BBC Music Magazine. She has collaborated with artists including Alexander Baillie, Pekka Kuusisto and Martin Lovett, and is regularly invited by Steven Isserlis to take part in the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove. Konzertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, she also enjoys guest leading and directing various ensembles in Europe. In 2012 Fenella created Bach To The Future, an inspirational commissioning project for six established composers to write works for solo violin to be performed alongside Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas. Three of these works, by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Hellawell and Gordon Crosse, were premiered at the Maltings, Snape this year in a residency, while the other three, by Sally Beamish, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Adrian Sutton, follow next year. In today’s recital Fenella presents Bach's Partita in E major with its new 'fellow', by Cheryl Frances-Hoad; in addition we hear a landmark for solo violin from a later era, the Sonata no.2 by Ysäye, in which the great Belgian violinist himself quoted and reflected upon Bach’s ideas from the Bach Partita in E. The recital opens with a Sonata by the ‘father’ of solo violin, Heinrich Biber, the Baroque composer whose landmark violin works form the background to Bach. Please note: second recital event today at 5.30 pm. "

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Bach To The Future – ii

Fenella Humphreys (solo violin) In an informal lecture-recital setting, Fenella Humphreys performs Bach’s great Partita no 2 in D minor, with its closing Chaconne. Before this she will be joined by Piers Hellawell to introduce his own contribution to her project, Balcony Scenesfor solo violin; this will be performed on its own, first, and then with its four sections interspersed among the movements of the Bach Partita. Join us for Bach's great Chaconne!

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The Plantation of Ulster: Deonstructing the Myths

The course will use the up-to-date assessment of the Plantation by Jonathan Bardon and the reports of recent archaeological digs to demonstrate how this momentous event is understood by professional historians. The course will also explore how and why this differs so radically from the popular myths used to shore up current day political positions.

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 2

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 2

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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Enhance Your Image for Men, Group 2

This half-day workshop will focus on colour analysis and style advice especially for men. Each participant will be tested with colour fabric swatches to determine which colours work best for them – including neutral colours for formal suits. General advice on dressing for specific body shapes, body language and personal presentation will be discussed.

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French Grammar Clinic

This 2 1/2 day workshop on Wednesdays will suit students with an intermediate level of French. The first day will focus on verbs (tenses and moods). The second will be tailor-made to answer students' questions and doubts raised at the end of the first day on any aspect of French grammar. This workshop aims to tackle problems faced by students whose first language is not French.

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How to Lighten Up Your Life

This course will empower you with practical skills which will enable you to increase your levels of energy and enjoyment in daily life. It will include simple yet effective relaxation techniques, creative mind work, tension and anger release skills and finding a balance in work and life.

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Toujours Pret!: French for the Worst-Case Scenario

This 2 1/2 workshop on Wednedays is suitable for students with an intermediate level of French. What do you do when... a French ATM swallows your bank card? You miss your connecting flight? The train conductor catches you with a non-validated ticket? We will take a fun approach to dealing with nightmarish scenarios that befall the traveller to France.

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Irish Penal Laws

The Penal Laws were a series of laws enacted in Ireland against Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters, such as the Presbyterians. This course will consider the motivations and reasons behind the legislation, how coherent a penal code is actually presented, the nature of the laws and their impact. The day will end by considering the eventual repeal of the laws through the Relief Acts passed at the end of the eighteenth century and the transformative endeavours of Daniel O’Connell in the early nineteenth century.

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Builders of South Belfast: A Walking Tour

South Belfast evolved in the 19th Century as the town’s first major and most prestigious suburb. The urban elite leapfrogged from their Georgian terraces of the centre to the leafy Malone Ridge clustering initially as close as possible to the new symbols of prosperity including Queen’s and the Union Theological College. The area became a showcase for the best of suburban residential architecture and design. But who were its ‘builders’? This tour uses the term ‘builder’ in the widest sense to include architects, construction firms and developers. To find out more we will start at Queen’s and then walk from Mount Charles to Cranmore Park on the Malone Road visiting examples of the best of local builders’ work. There will be an opportunity to have lunch during the course of the walk (cost not included in price of the course).

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Ayurveda: An Introduction, Group 2

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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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 4

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 2

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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The 2015 Wiles Lectures

The 2015 Wiles Lectures will be given by Prof Lyndal Roper, Regius Professor of History at Oxford University, on the subject 'Luther and the Reformation: A Cultural History'. The lectures are open to all and will be given over 4 days, 27 - 30 May 2015. More info at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/mh/News/WilesLectureSeries/WilesLectures2015/

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