Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures
We host several lectures by world-leading academics and public intellectuals each year.
Our public lectures are part of the University of Sheffield's Global Humanities Initiative. They are open to academics, students, and the general public and are supplemented by lectures by Sheffield staff as well as a range of student-centred activities – such as exhibitions, workshops, and panel debates – facilitated by the Students' Union and the student societies in our arts and humanities departments. The main themes for our upcoming lectures are capitalist markets and their ethics; thinking about the future; and the politics of faith in a multicultural context.
Past speakers include:
Audrey Niffenegger –
Work habits: creative procrastination, endless coffee breaks, some thoughts on headphones, or how I eventually managed to overcome inertia and finish the darn book
Audrey Niffenegger will deliver the third 2018-19 Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lecture in April 2019. More details to follow.
About our speaker
Audrey Niffenegger is the world-famous author of The Time Traveler’s Wife (2003), which in 2009 was made into a Hollywood film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. Her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, came out in 2009. A visual artist by training, Audrey Niffenegger has also published several graphic novels. She is currently working on a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, provisionally entitled The Other Husband.
Seeking the welfare of the city: what the church can contribute to the common good – Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield
About the talk
Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield, will explore how, in pursuit of the common good, the Church has something to offer to policy-making, as well as project-delivery, in what one might call a prophetic – and not merely pastoral – role.
This lecture is part of the God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics lecture series.
About our speaker
The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has been ordained for over 30 years and has been Bishop of Sheffield since the summer of 2017, having been the Dean of Liverpool for the previous five years. He trained for the ordained ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, after completing a degree in modern history at Durham.
Theological education and ministerial formation remain key interests for him, along with Bible teaching and expository preaching. He is the author of three books which attempt to make Bible commentary accessible: Living the Dream: Joseph for Today (2007), Walking the Walk: The Rise of King David for Today (2009) and Talking the Talk: The Fall of King David for Today (2011).
God and the Good lecture series
God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics
A series of lectures by prominent public intellectuals, organised by Robert Stern in the Department of Philosophy.
Are believers better people than atheists? Or does religion breed intolerance and violence? Are our moral concepts inextricably tied up with religious ideas? Do different religious traditions have fundamentally different ethical commitments? This series of talks, intended for a general audience, will consider such questions.
While most ethical traditions have a religious background, the increasing secularisation of modern society has put the connection between ethics and religion in question. Our talks will explore the history of this connection, as well as the questions: can religion illuminate ethical issues, and: can ethical issues illuminate religion?
Talks for the God and the Good series:
For more details, see upcoming lectures.
You can also catch up on past lectures.