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Virtual Academic debate and discussion

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

The 21st Annual Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

“A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache” Security of supply in a low carbon energy system’ given by Professor Keith Bell, University Strathclyde.

This talk addresses some of the main challenges in ensuring security of supply in a renewables-dominated energy system, from ensuring stable responses to faults to filling in gaps in production during ‘Dunkelflaute’.

Annual Keith Jeffery Lecture in Public History

Playing with Mud; or What Happens Where Water Meets Land. Thinking About Archives, Absences, and the Spaces Between

Sonja Boon is a researcher, writer, teacher, and flutist. Professor of Gender Studies at Memorial University, she is the author of four books, most recently Autoethnography and Feminist Theory at the Water’s Edge: Unsettled Islands (co-authored with Lesley Butler and Daze Jefferies, Palgrave, 2018), and What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2019).

John Bell Day Lecture 2022

'Coherent effects in biological processes. A new twist for Bell-type arguments'

Quantum physicist Susana Huelga revises recent work aimed at characterizing the origin and nature of the coherent oscillations observed in the spectral response of pigment protein complexes (PPCs), the building blocks in light-induced reactions underpinning the primary effects of processes ranging from photosynthesis to vision.

Queen's Annual Politics Lecture 2022

Professor Desmond King, University of Oxford, “America’s Racial Orders after Trump: White Protectionism versus Racial Reparations"

The Queen’s Annual Politics Lecture will be delivered by Professor Desmond King. Professor King is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Irish Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the British Academy.

Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Lecture 2022

Global Security Challenges: Terrorism and Violent Extremism in an Evolving Security Landscape, lecture and discussion

For this, the second Annual RUC George Cross Foundation Lecture at Queen's, leading international security and counterterrorism expert Ali Soufan addresses the problem of violent extremism in an evolving security landscape, followed by a Q&A chaired by Professor Richard English.

'Why Gender Diversity Promotes Prosperity and Peace'

Queen's Management School Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture, in association with The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's, welcomed Professor Deirdre McCloskey for her lecture: “I’ve Done My Part: Why Gender Diversity Promotes Prosperity and Peace”.

‘Levelling Up, What, Why, How?’

The Chief Executives’ Club Lecture with Andy Haldane

Published in February 2022, the Levelling Up in the United Kingdom white paper sets out a plan of action to spread opportunities more equally across the UK.

In September 2021, RSA Chief Executive Andy Haldane was appointed by the Prime Minister to define and develop the flagship national levelling up strategy – a decade-long moral, social and economic cross-government, cross society programme to spread opportunity and prosperity to all parts of the UK.

Andy explores how the Levelling Up in the United Kingdom white paper’s ambitious vision and 12 national levelling up missions can now be made a reality in towns and cities in every part of the UK by 2030.

Carbon Farming: A farmer’s perspective of the journey to Net Zero

Hosted in partnership with IGFS and the Irish Farmers Journal. In a lecture entitled ‘Carbon Farming: A farmer’s perspective of the journey towards Net Zero’, Professor Gilliland will lay out the case for an innovative, public private, carbon framework partnership and will suggest what that could look like.

He will address key issues such as delivering positive farmer behavioural change; delivering multiple public goods, including the need for active profitable farmers; a fair carbon price; eliminating double counting while delivering for both the Public and Private Sectors’ need for carbon reduction; how to measure, manage and verify change; and how to incentivise farmers to go beyond Net Zero.

Polls and Political Communication with Dr Frank Luntz

Leading US political analyst Dr Frank Luntz discusses Polls and Political Communication in this Shaping a Better World series video.

Hosted by Ryan Feeney.

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The R M Jones Lecture, Professor David Armitage, Harvard

1320, 1776 And all That: The Declaration of Arbroath, The Declaration of Independence and the Fate of Document.

This lecture examines the entangled fates of two such documents, the Scots “Declaration of Arbroath” (1320) and the US Declaration of Independence (1776), at a moment between the 700th anniversary of the one and the 250th anniversary of the other.

The Chief Executives’ Club: 'The Importance of Shared Spaces'

Guest Speaker: Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's presents 'The Importance of Shared Spaces: Our Common Need for Nature, Beauty and History' which was given by Hilary McGrady, Director-General of the National Trust.

The Chief Executives’ Club: ‘Building a Shared Island’

Guest Speaker: Micheál Martin, Taoiseach

The Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s were delighted to host their Inaugural Dublin event in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

Members of the Chief Executives’ Club were joined by Queen’s University alumni to hear Taoiseach Micheál Martin deliver an impassioned keynote on the opportunities for partnership, cooperation and collaboration in a shared island. The event included contributions from Dr Mary Canning, President of the Royal Irish Academy and Professor Ian Greer, President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.

Assembly Election 2022 Leaders' Lecture Series

Public Engagement at Queen's University Belfast, is hosting a ‘Leaders’ Lecture Series’, featuring each of the eight local political party leaders in the run-up to the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly Election.

The Leaders' Lecture Series provides an opportunity to hear from the leaders of the local parties, and to put questions to them. Each event will each be chaired by a senior Queen's University representative.

The Leaders are; Gerry Carroll, Clare Bailey, Doug Beattie, Michelle O’Neill, Naomi Long, Jim Allister, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and Colum Eastwood.

British Academy Lecture

Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with the British Academy, hosted the British Academy lecture (Raleigh Lectures on History) on Wednesday 23 February 2022.

Entitled: Towards A History Of Compromise: Comparing Political Unions In The British-Irish Isles And Poland-Lithuania, the lecture was delivered by Professor Robert Frost, FBA, FSRE, Burnett Fletcher Chair of History, University of Aberdeen.

The lecture was delivered from the Great Hall at Queen’s University Belfast and streamed live to an online audience. An interactive question and answer session was chaired by Professor Richard English, FBA, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

In Conversation with Professor Andrew Heyn

Professor Richard English, Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, hosted Andrew Heyn, UK Diplomat, for a live 'In Conversation' event in 2021.

This event was Andrew's inaugural address as Honorary Professor of Practice at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University. Delivered from Queen's University's Council Chamber, the event was streamed live to an online audience.