2014 Public Lectures
Welcome from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Affairs)
For Brunel’s 2014 Public Lecture Series we have chosen the broad overarching theme of Visions of the Future, and for each lecture we have invited a high-profile speaker to talk on a particular aspect of this theme, in keeping with their personal interests and expertise.
Earlier this year, we welcomed three distinctive voices to Brunel's Eastern Gateway Building. Professor AC Grayling opened the Series by sharing with us his views on the future of secularism and religion. He was followed by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, who enlightened us with his vision on the future of Higher Education. Then, in April, Professor Lord Robert Winston answered the controversial question whether we will still be human in 100 years… Footage of these fascinating lectures, and the discussion that followed can be found below.
For the Autumn section of our Series, I am incredibly proud to welcome three equally famous speakers to Brunel. On 13 October, Professor Lynne Segal, a renowned socialist-feminist academic, will present the results of her recently completed study on the pleasures and perils of ageing. She will be followed by the novelist, broadcaster and cultural commentator Professor Lisa Appignanesi OBE, who will talk to us about the future of feminism. And then, on 1 December, Brunel's Pro-Chancellor Nazir Afzal OBE, who has been named one of most influential Muslims in the world, will share with us his views on the role of a prosecutor in changing our culture.
Each lecture will be followed by an extensive Question and Answer session, and the audience will also be able to participate in the discussion via Twitter.
As in previous years, attendance at all lectures is free, yet because of the anticipated demand for places, it is essential to register via this website. Booking forms are available on the individual lecture pages.
Given the profile, the reputation and the calibre of our speakers, these Lectures are guaranteed to spark new insights, challenge your beliefs and provide high-quality 'edu-tainment'. There is no reason why you shouldn't come along. Bring your friends and family too!