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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.

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.

The Annual Mary McAleese Diversity Lecture

Lady Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond and Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom gave this year's Mary McAleese Diversity lecture entitled 'Women are Equal to Everything'.

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, retired in January 2020 as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the apex court for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Leverhulme Lecture: 'Civil Wars: A European History'

On 1 December 2021, Professor Gerwarth shared his particular expertise on the history of war, violence, and conflict in the first half of the twentieth century.

View other recent events from the Mitchell Institute such as Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture and In Conversation with Professor Andrew Heyn.

Mitchell Institute Events

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Professor Richard English, Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, hosted Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh (University of Oxford) for a live online lecture and Q&A session on 23 November 2021 from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

Toussaint Louverture was a former slave who became the charismatic leader of the seismic Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) resulting in the most successful revolt of enslaved people in modern history.

The Annual John Bell Day Lecture 2021

Spooky Action at a Distance with Professor Angelo Bassi

Telepathy would be a powerful way to communicate among people, but it is not allowed by the laws of Physics. The underlying physical principle is called locality: changes, forces, information… anything cannot jump instantly from a place to another, rather it must propagate through space at a finite speed, limited by the speed of light. Professor Bassi presents why Quantum Mechanics challenges this principle, and how J.S. Bell contributed to uncovering one of the most fundamental problems in the foundations of quantum theory.

The Annual Chief Executives’ Club KPMG Lecture with Sir Tim Smit

Does Salvation from Climate Change Rely on the Moral Compass of the Corporate World?

Under the surface, change is coming at an unimaginable speed with a trajectory that will transform society. Technology, civil society and the very concept of centralisation will be turned on their head. At the heart of everything there will be a challenge to humankind as to whether exploitation can be superseded by an economic philosophy that seeks to reduce inequality and access to resources that enable all to meet their needs. In short the systemic challenge of political warfare which saw the wall come down in 1989 asked the question of us, can capitalism find its moral compass and, if not…what can or will replace it?

Sir Bernard Crossland Lecture

The Chief Executives' Club at Queen's together with Engineers Ireland were delighted to host the 2021 lecture, entitled Race for the Seas by Dr Iain Percy OBE.

Iain is a four time Olympian, three time Olympic medallist and double Olympic champion. After retiring from Olympic competition in 2012, he joined Artemis Racing as a tactician, and was appointed Team Manager in October 2013. He has overseen the company's transition from a sailing services provider, to an applied technologies company focusing on green innovations for marine transportation.

"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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RELIGION, SCIENCE AND THE HUMANITIES Seminar Series 2021

“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.