The 10 Best Autumn talks
Top up your brain cells with our pick of lectures taking place around the country – and online
Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston
Thursday 11 October 2012
1. Gresham College, London
Weekly, free, gresham.ac.uk
The City of London has provided free lectures and talks to the people of the city since the days of James VI – and there is still one going on most lunchtimes today.
2. IQ2: What on Earth Are You Eating?, London
23 Oct, £25, bit.ly/iqfood
AA Gill leads a panel of experts exploring what the secret of good taste really is. Is it the ingredients? Or something else?
3. YouTube EDU
Looking a little bit cold outside? The bed a tad too comfy? Have a lecture in your lounge using some of the thousands of university lectures on YouTube EDU.
4. Royal Ulster Academy, Northern Ireland
Every week, one of the Academy's exhibited artists hosts a free lunchtime lecture in the Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre.
5. Model Ships, Model Science, National Museum of Scotland
25 Oct, free, bit.ly/scotlandmodelship
This makes the science-deaf child open their ears to the joys of the three sciences.
6. Edward Lear's Lines of Flight, British Academy
1 Nov, free, bit.ly/academylear
Matthew Bevis examines the intersections between birds and people in Edward Lear's paintings and poems.
7. Steven Berkoff in Conversation, ICA, London
26 Oct, £5/free, bit.ly/icaberkoff
Geoffrey Colman talks to the acclaimed actor, playwright and director Steven Berkoff. Forget your al-desko lunch, go see this.
8. IQ2: Hitler's Pope, London
14 Nov, £25, bit.ly/iqhitlerpope
History's popes are not an order of men divorced from controversy. This Intelligence Squared talk looks at the toxic legacy of Pius XII.
9. Why Nature and Heritage Matter, Birmingham Uni
30 Oct, free, bit.ly/brumheritage
Why does the past matter? The director-general of the National Trust, Fiona Reynolds, explains why heritage is so important.
10. TED Lectures
Another one for the intellectual who doesn't want to venture into the autumn cold. TED showcases the best talks by the best minds from all over the world.
- 1 Cecil the lion: Dentist Walter Palmer blames local guides in Zimbabwe for the scandal
- 2 Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
- 3 Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children 'sexual play things' guilty of 23 offences
- 4 Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
- 5 Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist
Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children 'sexual play things' guilty of 23 offences
Model's video shoot on the beach interrupted by sudden landing of a group of illegal migrants
Black and ethnic minority people twice as likely to be hit by Tory cuts than white people, report finds
Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn says 'we can learn a great deal from Karl Marx'
The last thing Labour needs is a leader like Jeremy Corbyn who people want to vote for
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn – or a return to a Labour government
I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
Public anger after French sunbather beaten up by gang for wearing a bikini in Reims park
Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
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