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Virtual Academic debate and discussion

Amidst this period of global change, vibrant academic debate and discussion continues at Queen’s, virtually. Here we share a range of recent virtual talks, podcasts and articles.

"Making All Things New" - Dynamics of Innovation and Forgiveness

This is a special guest lecture by Dr L. Gregory Jones, President of Belmont University, on the importance of social innovation for discovering forgiveness.

We often think of forgiveness as a path to new life and a renewed future. This lecture suggests that innovation is important to discovering forgiveness and healing wounds of the past.

Q&A session with EU Vice President Maroš Šefčovič

In September Queen’s University welcomed the European Union Vice President for Inter-institutional Relations and Foresight Mr Maroš Šefčovič as part of a two day visit to Northern Ireland.

Academics from the University’s Post Brexit Governance NI Project presented their work and discussed the impact of the Protocol with Mr Šefčovič and Queen’s students.

TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast ‘Engineering our Sustainable Future'

TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast 'Engineering our Sustainable Future' showcases the staff, students and alumni of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

‘Engineering our Sustainable Future’ offers a glimpse of the innovation, creativity and discovery taking place; highlighting exciting projects and ideas, involving technology, design, people and natural resources, that may help engineer a more sustainable future for all.

'Justice in a Pandemic' with The Honourable Mrs Justice Keegan

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's were delighted to host Justice Keegan to share her reflections on the justice system, and specifically how it reacted to the COVID pandemic.

The High Court Judge was welcomed by Professor Richard English, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Internationalisation and Engagement, and the Q&A was facilitated by Dr Marek Martyniszyn, Interim Head of the School of Law.

In Conversation with Jonathan Powell

Queen's University welcomes Jonathan Powell, Founder and CEO Inter/Mediate, for an 'In Conversation' event hosted by Prof. Richard English

Delivered live from Queen's University's Great Hall, the event was streamed to an online audience.

‘Beyond Coronavirus: How Does The World Recover?’

Queen’s University Belfast was delighted to host Professor Henrietta Moore, Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL, to deliver a keynote address ‘Beyond Coronavirus: How Does The World Recover?'.

The event examined the health and socio-economic impact of Covid-19 in the most vulnerable countries, and featured reflections by Professor Diarmuid O’Donovan, Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

Reflections on Female Leadership

In Conversation with Leaders of the NI Executive and Civil Service. May 10 2021

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University Belfast hosted ‘Reflections on Female Leadership’, an in-conversation event with the three women who hold the top political and administrative roles in Northern Ireland.

The First Minister, Arlene Foster, the Deputy First Minister, Michelle O’Neill, and the interim Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Jenny Pyper, shared their leadership journeys and experiences. The event was chaired by Professor Karen McCloskey, Director of Queen's Gender Initiative and Professor of Physiology at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.

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The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences

In order to mark the centenary of the partitioning of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast is organising and hosting a major series of online public talks.

The series addresses a diverse range of major themes, including the complex origins and legacies of partition, the Irish border in literature, the experience of minorities, and class-based and gender-based perspectives.

Listen to the talks

Beyond Decision 2020

In Conversation With Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

Watch the online event here which was broadcast on Thursday 15 April as US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau is ‘in conversation’ with Queen’s University Chancellor, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.

With reflections on the challenges facing the new administration, the future relationship with Northern Ireland and the broader UK and the role of women in politics today, this will be a unique opportunity to hear from Secretary Clinton on these issues.

Partition and The Limits of Irish Commemoration

Reflections on 1921

Partition and the Limits of Irish Commemoration: Reflections on 1921. Online keynote address given by Professor Ian McBride, Foster Professor of Irish History at University of Oxford, on Wednesday, 31 March 2021, with Q&A hosted by Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast.

Post-Brexit Northern Ireland: Living with the Protocol

Join us for a special panel discussion with some of the key journalists and academics who, for the past few years, have been guiding us through all things Brexit.

With David Phinnemore and Katy Hayward from Queen’s University Belfast, Lisa O’Carroll from The Guardian, Naomi O’Leary from The Irish Times and BBC NI’s John Campbell.

TEDx Give Back | Move Forward

Friday 26 February 2021

This year's TEDxQueensUniversityBelfast conference showcases our community - the staff, students and alumni of Queen’s University Belfast - who as they move forward with their own work, study, research and life are, in a wide range of ways, giving back and making a meaningful and positive contribution to society, locally and globally.

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“Teaching without God: The Retreat of Religion and the Rise of the Humanities in American Liberal Education.”

Thursday, 25 February 2021

A Lecture by Professor James Turner, Cavanaugh Professor of Humanities and Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, followed by a live Q&A session.

The Chief Executive's Club at Queen's: Leading through a Pandemic

In this lecture hosted by the Chief Executives' Club at Queen's, Michael Dowling reflects on his experience of leading New York State's largest healthcare provider and private employer Northwell Health, through the COVID-19 pandemic.

He shares details of how the clinical and administrative teams at the New York-based private system prepared years in advance and stepped up during the height of the pandemic. They treated nearly 100,000 COVID-19 patients to date. The event took place on 24 February 2021.

Frank Wright Memorial Lecture

The 2021 Frank Wright Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Cécile Fabre, Professor of Political Philosophy, All Souls College, University of Oxford, on 5 February 2021.

Lecture Title: “Snatching Something From Death" Value, Justice, and Humankind’s Common Heritage.

Introduction by Dr Keith Breen, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Queen's University Belfast

The Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture (Annual Gender Equality Lecture)

The Gender Equality Office, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences welcomed Professor Parveen Yaqoob as the Keynote Speaker of the annual Dame Ingrid Allen Lecture on Friday 29 January 2021.

Professor Yaqoob delivered an inspirational, honest and insightful event, sharing her personal experiences of her life and career. Professor Yaqoob discussed how growing up in a culture skewed towards valuing boys became her foundation for equality and leadership. This virtual event was attended by almost 200 staff, students and external delegates and feedback received has been excellent.

Beyond Coronavirus: Vaccination and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Beyond Coronavirus: Vaccination and the COVID-19 Pandemic’ took place live online on Thursday 14 January 2021.

The event featured a keynote address from Professor Sheena McCormack, Clinical Project Lead for the COVAC trials, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, with a response from Dr Mark Flear, Reader in Law, Queen’s University Belfast, followed by a discussion chaired by Ann Watt, Director of Pivotal Public Policy Forum.