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Sheffield Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures

We host several lectures by world-leading academics and public intellectuals each year.

The Sheffield Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures 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.



Upcoming lectures

Upcoming lectures



Albert Einstein on science, ethics, and religion – Alister McGrath (Oxford)

  • Tuesday 15 October 2019 | 7pm for a 7.30pm start
  • Sheffield Cathedral
Alister McGrath

About the talk

This lecture marks the centenary of the confirmation of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity in 1919 by exploring his far-reaching ideas about the relation of science, religion, and ethics. McGrath will explore Einstein’s rich and rewarding views about the need to hold together God, science, and the quest for goodness in the light of the latest scholarship, and explore how they can help us develop our own ways of thinking about these important issues.

This lecture is part of the God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics lecture series.

About our speaker

Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. After studying chemistry at Oxford, McGrath gained a doctorate in molecular biophysics before going on to study theology, and gain two further earned doctorates from Oxford University in theology and intellectual history. McGrath is the author of many highly acclaimed works, including his bestselling Christian Theology: An Introduction and his prizewinning biography C. S. Lewis: A Life.



Men, women, and the twenty-first century: friends, lovers, or enemies? - Nina Power

  • Nina Power credit and copyright Guy SmallmanThursday 22 November 2019
  • Time and venue to follow

About the talk

This talk will take stock of the current relations between the sexes in the wake of multiple waves of feminism, after #metoo and the attacks on masculinity and ask – where now? Is it possible to imagine the relations between the sexes as something other than a zero-sum game in which one side's gain is the other side's loss?

This talk will argue that recognising mutual resentment is the first step to a much more interesting life in which the relation between men and women is not one of enmity but rather something much more playful. Drawing on classical conceptions of virility as well as contemporary debates about violence, sex, and love, this talk will propose a playful detente between men and women in the twenty-first century, the better to see and appreciate each other as we move forward.

About our speaker

Nina Power is a feminist philosopher best known for her international bestseller One-Dimensional Woman (2009). An expert on German and French philosophy, she has published on thinkers such as Ludwig Feuerbach and Alain Badiou, but also on film, art, and the relation between feminism and politics. She has written for The Guardian, Radical Philosophy, Wire, and Film Quarterly and also appeared in the ARTE television documentary Marx Reloaded, alongside John Gray, Peter Sloterdijk, and Slavoj Žižek. Her other books include Das kollektive politische Subjekt (2015) and a translation of Alain Badiou’s On Beckett (2003, with Alberto Toscano). Nina Power teaches philosophy at Roehampton University.


More upcoming speakers (details to follow):

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Chris Mullin, author of A Very British Coup and The Friends of Harry Perkins (with Off the Shelf)

Thursday 22 November 2019

Nina Power, author of One-Dimensional Woman (see details above)

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Giles Fraser

Tuesday 26 May 2020

Karen Armstrong



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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.


Sheffield CathedralAre 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?

For more details, see upcoming lectures.

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