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December 2018

An evening with Leïla Slimani, author of the global literary sensation, Lullaby and adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron

[  12 DECEMBER ]

Wednesday 12 December, 6pm, The Diamond 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

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SlimaniJoin us for an evening with the esteemed writer Leïla Slimani – the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary accolade, the Prix Goncourt, as she speaks about her novel Lullaby, her work as "personal representative" of the French President, Emmanuel Macron for Francophone affairs, and her defence of women's rights and equality in Morocco.

"The baby is dead. It only took a few seconds".

When Myriam, a mother and brilliant French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband are forced to look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale 10th arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.

The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. As jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myrian and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered. Lullaby (deemed the French Gone Girl) is a compulsive, riveting and bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity and motherhood – and the English-language debut of an immensely talented writer.

This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France’s Visiting Scholars’ Seminar Series. It is one of three events in 2018–2019 at the Universities of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield that will explore Empire and Afterlives in Modern France.

January 2019

Autism - Straight from the Horse's Mouth, a public lecture by Michael Barton

[  16 JANUARY  ]

Wednesday 16 January, 12pm, St George's Church, St George's Terrace, S1 4DP

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Michael Barton is the author and illustrator of two books, "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" and "A Different Kettle of Fish", both published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He works as a Market Analyst in central London and is a patron of CASPA, a charity based in South East London that runs youth clubs for young people on the autistic spectrum.

Michael is an experienced speaker on autism and Asperger's Syndrome having been featured around the media from Channel 4 and the BBC to the New Scientist magazine. He has spoken alongside world-renowned speakers and has been on the main stage at the Autism Show, the largest autism specific event in Europe, numerous times. He focuses on the positive aspects of being autistic and in his spare time he's an accomplished musician, a black belt in judo and enjoys rock climbing.

February 2019

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: Religion, atheism, and the varieties of the good life – John Gray

[  19 FEBRUARY  ]

Tuesday 19 February, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral Church Street, S1 1HA

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John GrayIt is often claimed that atheists can be as moral as practitioners of traditional religions, and this may well be true. However, John Gray suggests that atheists have been promoting a wide variety of conceptions of the good life. Examining the history of atheism, he will argue that atheism has not been a single intellectual movement, but rather a diversity of contending sects adhering to divergent – often even conflicting – values and advancing different ways of life. The question is therefore not whether atheists can be moral, but: which morality should atheists follow?

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

About our speaker

John Gray studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. In 1998, after having held – among other things – a visiting professorship at Harvard and a professorship in politics at Oxford, he became Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, where he is now Emeritus Professor. Among his recent publications are Seven Types of Atheism (2018), The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom (2015), The Silence of Animals: Thoughts on Progress and other Modern Myths (2013), and Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings (2009).

He contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and the New Statesman, where he is the lead book reviewer. John Gray is a regular guest on radio and television and was one of the main contributors to the ARTE documentary Marx Reloaded, alongside Jacques Rancière, Peter Sloterdijk, and Slavoj Žižek.

The Silent Guides - Insights into how the mind develops and functions, by Professor Steve Peters (author of "The Chimp Parodox")

[  22 FEBRUARY  ]

Friday 22 February, 6.30pm, Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ, Tickets: £22  Booking  (Bookings are being handled by 'Gigantic'.  Any queries should be direct to them via the booking link)

Steve PetersProfessor Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind. He currently works across a range of areas including business, health and wellbeing, education, elite sport as well as members of the public. He is also the author of the bestselling book, The Chimp Paradox, which has now sold over a million copies and the CEO of Chimp Management Ltd.

Professor Peters will be presenting content from his latest books The Silent Guides and My Hidden Chimp. He will discuss insights into how the mind develops and functions, give practical applications to guide and support the developing mind and also talk through ways of adjusting the functioning of the adult mind.

March 2019

Public Lecture by Professor Dave Petley

[  6 MARCH  ]

Professor Dave PetleyWednesday 6 March, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

Enquiries, E:, Tel: 0114 222 1030  #BSW19

Further details, including synopsis and booking details, will follow shortly.

To mark the start of British Science Week, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor Dave Petley, will be delivering a public lecture on his research area.

Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond

[  28 MARCH  ]

Thursday 28 March, 6pm, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, No booking required, Enquiries E:

Migration Research Group invites you to a public panel debate on the topic of ‘Transforming Mobility and Immobility: Brexit and Beyond’, which will take place on the 28th of March and will be followed by a drinks reception. At the very moment the UK plans to exit the EU, we have invited migration experts to come together to discuss how Brexit cannot be understood in isolation, as well as what practical implications Brexit may bring to Northern Ireland, the British economy, the NHS and the labour market. Confirmed speakers include Professor Feargal Cochrane, professor Pawel Kaczmarczyk, professor Peter Scholten professor Anna Triandafyllidou and Catherine Woollard.

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: The singing Turk: Ottoman power and operatic emotions - Larry Wolff

 [  28 MARCH  ]

Thursday 28 March, from 5pm, Humanities Research Institute, Upper Hanover St, S3 7QY

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Larry WolffLeading historian Larry Wolff will deliver the second 2018-19 Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lecture on the topic: The singing Turk: Ottoman power and operatic emotions.

About the talk

Leading historian Larry Wolff will speak about opera and Turkish subjects in the long eighteenth century, touching also on contemporary issues of Turkey’s relation to Europe and European culture.

About our speaker

Larry Wolff is an intellectual and cultural historian best known for his idea that Eastern Europe was invented, as it were, by eighteenth-century Enlightenment thinkers and travellers who divided Europe into complementary Eastern and Western “cultural spheres”. On this basis, he has explored Western perspectives on Eastern Europe as manifestations of a kind of “Orientalism” (Edward Said). Larry Wolff’s books include The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016); Paolina’s Innocence (2012); The Idea of Galicia: History and Fantasy in Habsburg Political Culture (2010); and Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna (1995). He also wrote the introduction to a new edition of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s classic 1870 novella Venus in Furs. Larry Wolff teaches history at New York University.

The 13th Roberts Lecture -

University Teaching in a Post-knowledge Age

by Professor Neil Rackham

[  27 MARCH  ]

Neil Rackham

Wednesday 27 March, 6pm, Firth Hall, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN

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Historically, the business of universities has been to create, teach, test and certify knowledge. In an age where the Internet has made knowledge a freely available commodity, what will be the consequences for university teaching? Will knowledge teaching vehicles like lectures disappear and, if so, what should come in their place? If, as has been widely suggested, there will be a shift away from knowledge learning towards the learning of skills, which skills should be at the core of the new university curriculum? And, because skills learning is fundamentally different from knowledge learning, how must we rethink our teaching philosophies and techniques? Existing methods of skill development are disproportionately costly and labour intensive compared to knowledge teaching. Can the experiences of the business world in teaching skills give us some ideas about how universities might scale skills learning and make it an economic reality?

Investigating the Efficacy of Group Language Games as Therapy for Post-Stroke Aphasias by Mrs Louise Lander, Birmingham

[  28 MARCH  ]

Human Communication Sciences

Thursday 28 March, 1pm, Elmfield Building, Lecture Theatre 1

Speaker: Mrs Louise Lander, Birmingham.  Enquiries, E:

High intensity, one-to-one rehabilitation therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of post-stroke aphasia. It can, however, put high levels of strain on public health providers, as well as lead to low patient satisfaction. This study piloted a group-delivered game therapy, designed to provide efficacious word-retrieval rehabilitation, in a cost-effective and motivating environment.

Two cohorts of six participants took part, with each cohort split into two teams. Participants played picture-naming games in which members of the same team tried to name the picture displayed on a chosen card. Therapist facilitation was varied in three different cueing conditions: phonemic, gesture+phonemic and semantic+phonemic.

Picture-naming of trained words increased by an average of 25% following game therapy, with word-retrieval of trained words in connected speech also improving by 18%. These improvements were mostly maintained at both 2-3 weeks and 4-months post-therapy, however no generalisation to untrained words, or general discourse was found, nor any significant differences between cueing conditions. Post-therapy participant feedback showed high levels of satisfaction with the game therapy paradigm.

This study found that group-delivered, high intensity therapy, delivered as a game, can result in significant word-retrieval improvements, both in picture-naming and in connected speech tasks. Generalisation to discourse was not apparent, however word-retrieval gains were well maintained. High levels of participant satisfaction also support this paradigm as a cost-effective, agreeable rehabilitation paradigm.

APRIL 2019

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: Audrey Niffenegger


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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.

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June 2019

Annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lectures: Seeking the welfare of the city: what the church can contribute to the common good – Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield

[  26 JUNE  ]

Wednesday 26 June 2019, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, S1 1HA

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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).

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