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Rossett Talks - A series of interesting and thought provoking online talks


Start date: 12th Apr 2021

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £35

Day: Monday

Duration: 6 weeks

Tutor: Rossett Talks

Course code: 21SU999

We are please to offer 6 very different subjects for this online season of the Rossett Talks, all delivered by respected experts in their field.

The fee is for all 6 talks and Andy Ison will be hosting these events online, and inviting questions.

The talks will be delivered via Zoom, and once enrolled you will receive a Zoom invite a couple of days before the first talk.

12th April: Ten Ways the Universe Tries to Kill You - Stephen Tonkin

From gamma-ray bursts to asteroid impacts, this is an overview of cataclysmic events. This light-hearted, but scientifically robust, approach incorporates a lot of fundamental cosmological processes, from stellar evolution to galactic interaction.

Steve Tonkin is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and is the author of many articles and several books on practical aspects of astronomy. He has taught astronomy to adults and children for more than 35 years. He is the ‘Dark Skies Advisor’ to the International Dark Sky Reserve on the Cranborne Chase AONB and splits his time between this and doing astronomical outreach. He is a STEM ambassador, and has a monthly column in BBC Sky at Night Magazine, for which he also writes equipment and book reviews.

19th April: The Silent Musician: What does a conductor do, how do they know what to do and how do they do it - Ben Crick

An examination of the conductor's art based around the first movement of Brahms' 4th symphony. The talk will explore how a conductor makes decisions about a piece of music, how those decisions are conveyed to an orchestra and the different ways to work with musicians to create very different results.

Ben is a musician and composer who has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor, comfortable working with diverse and challenging repertoire; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. With a commitment to higher education Ben has worked as a visiting lecturer at several universities, a staff conductor at Leeds Conservatoire and as the Musical Director for the English National Philarmonic Orchestra. He has also written for Classical Music Magazine, Opera Now and Early Music Today, been an guest contributor on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and arranges music for many societies including the Royal School of Church Music.

26th April: Edith Durham: An Extraordinary Balkan Explorer and Anthropologist = Elizabeth Gowing

The talk is based on the successful book Elizabeth wrote when tracking down the legacy of the extraordinary Balkan explorer and anthropologist, Edith Durham. It was published in 2013 - Edith and I; on the trail of an Edwardian traveller in Kosovo. The talk is illustrated with some of Elizabeth’s wonderful photos, some of which have been exhibited at the National Gallery in Kosovo as well as in London.

After working in primary education in inner London, Elizabeth Gowing moved to Kosovo in 2006. There she milked her first cow, smoked her first cigar and drank her first cup of proper coffee.

She is the co-founder of The Ideas Partnership charity working with the power of volunteers to tackle challenges in education, cultural heritage and the environment, and with a particular focus on the excluded Roma and Ashkali communities.

Elizabeth is the author of numerous books and is the translator of the biography of Yugoslavia's longest-held political prisoner, Adem Demaci, and of Hasan Prishtina's memoirs of the 1912 uprising. She speaks fluent Albanian and is a regular contributor to Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent' programme.

In 2016 the President of Kosovo awarded her the Mother Teresa Medal for Humanitarian Work and in 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May gave her the 'Point of Light' award for volunteers around the world.

10th May: Wall Paintings: The Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Pickering - Dr Kate Giles

The wall paintings of the church of St. Peter & St. Paul in Pickering are amongst the most well-known examples in the county and the country. In this talk, Kate will describe and analyse the paintings as well as offering her insights into their creation, meaning, history, conservation and significance.

Kate is a buildings archaeologist and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She is particularly interested in communal buildings of the medieval and modern periods, from guildhalls to parish churches, and how we tell their stories in ways that inspire interest and encourage people to visit and care for them today. 

Kate is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Trustee of York Civic Trust and the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust and former Council member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology and Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. In 2019 she was appointed Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Aarhus.

17th May: Dyslexia - A Guide - Suzanne Smith

This talk will offer an overview and history of dyslexia, definitions and possible causes, the primary and secondary difficulties of the condition and the implications for learning and life.

Suzanne has a wide range of experience in education as a Head of RE and Head of SEND at numerous schools in the Midlands. She is a member of Patoss, the Professional Association of Teachers of students with special educational needs, and an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association. Suzanne is also a Post Graduate Researcher at Coventry University, investigating the connection between spelling tests, dyslexia and self-esteem specialist in learning issues and has recently set up her own business focusing on dyslexia, diagnosis and learning strategies.

24th May: A city of fragments and ghosts: Berlin Then and Now - Phil Ginnings

In this talk, Phil will offer a virtual tour of Berlin, drawing on its extraordinary history and wealth of monuments to show how the role, identity and significance of the city has developed over time.

Phil taught History and Politics at secondary and further education level for 25 years. He has a special interest in 19th & 20th century history and has undertaken a wide range of research on the experiences and commemoration of conflict. He has an MA in Second World War Studies, is a Fellow of Holocaust Education at the Imperial War Museum and member of the Western Front Association, and is now a specialist genocide educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust and tour guide. He frequently leads adult and school groups to sites of conflict around Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland.  He also volunteers as a regional board member for a charity committed to remembrance and education about genocide.






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