Magdalene College has announced the theme of the forthcoming Festival, 2017-18. It is on the theme of Change.
This is the fifth in the series of Festivals, which began in 2005, and which are held by the College every three years.
Events are all free of charge and open to all. Members of the public are warmly invited to join us for any or all events. Booking is not required EXCEPT for Saturday events,which include lunch.
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All Thursday events start at 5pm and all Saturday events start at 11.30am (unless otherwise stated) in the Sir Humphrey Cripps Theatre, Cripps Court, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Thursday 12th October Launch Event
What do we mean by ‘Change’?
A panel discussion of the way we define, identify and engage with change in different disciplines. Chair: Dr Rowan Williams
Thursday 26th October
A panel discussion on climate change and the changing ways in which we adapt to it. Chair: Dr Luke Skinner
Saturday 28th October (11.30am to 3pm)
Collections and Legacies
Symposium on collecting and preservation in a time of change. Chair: Dr John Munns
Thursday 9th November
Extinction: a natural change?
A panel discussion about extinction in the natural world and the linguistic world. Chair: Professor Paul Dupree
Thursday 23rd November
Adaptation and Change
Discussion of adaptations between media, such as film versions of novels. There will also be a short recital of musical adaptations. Chair: Dr Michael Hrebeniak
Saturday 25th November
Change as theme, change as form
Poetry Readings and Discussions Chairs: Mr Neil Wenborn and Dr Jane Hughes
Thursday 25th January
Key Note Lecture on Change in the Classical World. Chair: Dr John Patterson
Thursday 8th February
Life changes: Death and Grief.
A panel discussion of the impact of major life changes Chair: tbc
Saturday 10th February (11am to 3pm)
Workshop aimed at young people, on changing ways in which we (and others!) communicate – from birds to humans, to robots. Chair: Dr Hannah Critchlow
Thursday 22nd February
A panel discussion on the ways political and social changes are reported. Chair tbc
Thursday 8th March
A panel discussion on the political, social, legal and medical issues surrounding gender change. Chair tbc
Saturday 10th March (11am to 3pm)
A workshop on Translation, aimed at young people. Chairs: Ms Silke Mentchen and Dr Jane Hughes
In the Michaelmas Term (before Christmas) , there will be an exhibition in the Pepys Library curated by Dr Hughes on Ovid the author of Metamorphosis — the bi-millennial anniversary of whose death is marked this year. Dates to be confirmed.