Global challenges in spotlight in lecture series

The University will host a series of public lectures that examine global challenges facing society and the role research can play in addressing them.

This year’s Our Changing World programme focusses on the theme of boundaries and why it is important to cross them.

Topics discussed include public attitudes towards immigration, the importance of sleep to human health and mental healthcare for prisoners.

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The lectures will take place every Tuesday evening for nine weeks at 6.30pm from 26 September in George Square Lecture Theatre.

Visit the Our Changing World website for the lecture programme and to book tickets free of charge.

Our Changing World

Broad programme

In one talk, Professor Jolyon Mitchell will draw on his research and peacebuilding work in Jerusalem and the West Bank to explore how artists, journalists and religious leaders frame separation barriers in contested spaces.

Elsewhere, Dr Nina Morris, a lecturer in Human Geography, will argue that the boundary between humans and nature has strengthened in the developed world and propose how the balance might be restored.

The role of universities in achieving the United Nation’s Global Sustainable Development Goals will also be addressed as part of the series.

Enlightenment lecture

The programme will close with the annual Enlightenment Lecture, which will be delivered by Roy Greenslade.

He is a Professor of Journalism at City University and has been a media commentator since 1992, most notably for The Guardian.

In his talk, Professor Greenslade will ask whether journalism can survive the death of newspapers.

He will argue that newspapers and editorial staff are diminishing, and replacements have not yet built sufficient audiences and income to fund journalism.

He will also explore whether Silicon Valley giants, such as Facebook and Google, hold the answer to rescuing traditional media.


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