We are planning a host of events throughout the Anniversary year.

Here is a preview of some of the ways in which you can join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary.

The programme of events will develop throughout 2014, with details and new events added.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 - Sunday, 30 November 2014< Previous Month | Next Month >
Saturday, 01 November 2014

Combined Colleges Celebration

Event Time: From 12pm
Venue: Lancaster University Campus: The Boulevard, between Lonsdale and Cartmel College

As part of the University's 50th Anniversary the Colleges are coming together to celebrate their proud history and rivalry.

Teams of 10 -  staff and students -  are needed to enter our fun IT'S A KNOCKOUT! competition taking place on the Boulevard, between Lonsdale and Cartmel College on Saturday 1st November, 2014 starting at 12pm.

There will be college-themed refreshment stalls throughout the day, including Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Grizedale Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Pendle Witches Brew!

It's going to be a great day not to be missed with lots of fun games involving inflatable obstacles, costumes, water and lots of bubbles!

The daytime event will be followed by prize giving, supper and live music from the past five decades from 6pm in Barker House Farm.

To be part of a College team please contact your College Administrator

Everyone welcome! If you wish to spectate, just turn up on the day.

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Saturday, 01 November 2014

Testing Media: Mel Brimfield

Event Time: 10-5pm Monday to Friday, 10-4pm Saturdays
Venue: The Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University

Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Tony Hancock, Max Miller and Vincent Van Gogh - although perhaps not as you would imagine. Mel Brimfield's complex practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance art, simultaneously revealing and inventing a rich history of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, political activists and comedians.

Initiated by the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society, Testing Media is a scheme that explores the challenges of contemporary collecting. Following a national process, two acquisition awards were made to focus on collecting performance. In partnership with the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, Live at LICA has looked at the work of Mel Brimfield. The resulting co-acquisition features an incredible 19 works that demonstrate Brimfield’s multifarious practice.

The whole acquisition is on display for the first time to both celebrate the Testing Media scheme and form part of Live at LICA’s programme for Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary. The display demonstrates the significant work and legacies created through long-term support and partnership working.

These acquisitions were presented by the Art Fund and the Contemporary Art Society, 2014. For more information please see the Live at LICA website: https://www.liveatlica.org/whats-on/testing-media-mel-brimfield

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Monday, 03 November 2014

Public lecture: Addressing loneliness and social isolation in later life

Event Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: British Medical Association, Tavistock Square, London. WC1H 9JP

Loneliness and isolation in later life have been the focus of increasing attention in recent years. The evidence reveals that in the UK alone, over one million people over the age of 65 experience severe or persistent loneliness. This is important as a growing body of evidence indicates that lonely and socially isolated older people are likely to experience poorer physical and mental health outcomes including elevated blood pressure, poor diet, depression, suicide and dementia. Indeed, the size of the impact on mortality has been compared to that of cigarette smoking and obesity.

Tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people is an important issue. Media coverage in the UK has sought to raise awareness of the potential consequences and ensure that loneliness is a priority for many local authorities. In part this is due to an effective Age UK backed Campaign to End Loneliness and the well-publicised launch of initiatives such as Silverline, a confidential telephone support service for older people.

As part of Lancaster University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Centre for Ageing Research is hosting a public lecture and panel discussion aimed at encouraging debate about what forms of interventions are needed or are proven to be most effective in addressing loneliness and social isolation in later life and where responsibility lies for tackling the issue.

To help stimulate this debate we are delighted to announce our guest speaker will be Esther Rantzen CBE who is well-known for her work in charitable causes including Silverline.

Panellists will include Pam Creaven, Director of Services at Age UK, the Right Honourable Paul Burstow MP and Professor Christine Milligan, Director of Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research. Unfortunately, Tom Wright, Chief Executive Officer of Age UK, is no longer able to attend.

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Wednesday, 05 November 2014

Ockham's Razor: Not Until We Are Lost

Event Time: TBC
Venue: LICA Building, Lancaster University

Not Until We Are Lost uses aerial movement to create atmospheric, exciting physical theatre in a series of short stories which explore what it is to be lost. Not Until We Are Lost brings the audience into the heart of the action.

The performance is viewed in new, innovative ways from within a unique set, featuring originally designed aerial structures. The images unfold above and around the audience as they journey through the narrative. The aerial sculptures transform around the audience creating physically and emotionally affecting environments.

These shifts in perspective and gravity question how solid, how fixed, is the world around us? Not Until We Are Lost has an original score from composer Graham Fitkin (twice winner British Composer awards) and features a choir from the local community put together especially for the show.

The title comes from the Henry David Thoreau quote "not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves". Sometimes you need a shift in perspective to find your way. This event is supported by Lancaster University's 50th Anniversary programme



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Thursday, 06 November 2014

Public lecture: What nuclear new builds mean to the North West

Event Time: 6pm to 8:30pm
Venue: The Storey Gallery, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, will give a lecture about the current status of nuclear power in the UK.

In the context of concerns over climate change and carbon abatement, electricity production with nuclear power plant is firmly back on the world agenda as a source of clean, baseload electricity.

With such a globalised industry it's easy to forget that the UK has a history of pioneering discoveries and Engineering achievements in this field, and that ‘nuclear’ is a technology with which Lancaster has a special relationship as a result of the specialist research interests of experts at Lancaster University, the power stations at Heysham and its proximity to Springfields and Sellafield.

Robin will review the history and summarise the options for the UK in the future.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Professor Sir Roland Smith CEO lecture - Creative Leadership in a VUCA World

Event Time: 6:15pm
Venue: RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Creative Leadership in a VUCA World - with Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi

Volatile, Uncertian, Complex and Ambiguous times place a premium on leadership. Peak performance is the ultimate hallmark of leadership, and in business this is represented by continuous market share and margin growth, sustainability achievements and the emotional involvement of people in your brand. In today’s ‘always on’ accelerated reality, classic leadership and conventional business methods are inadequate to gain winning advantage. Kevin Roberts will share a creativity-driven high-speed model for leading teams and winning contests in the intense competitive frameworks of a VUCA world.

Kevin Roberts is the New York-based CEO Worldwide of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative organizations with over 6500 people and 130 offices in 70 countries. Saatchi & Saatchi works with 6 of the top 10 and over half of the top 50 global advertisers. Born and educated in Lancaster in the north of England, Kevin Roberts started his career in the late 1960s with iconic London fashion house Mary Quant. He became a senior marketing executive for Gillette and Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East. At 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East; and later Pepsi’s CEO in Canada. In 1989, Roberts moved with his family to Auckland, New Zealand, to become Chief Operating Officer with Lion Nathan. He took up his position as CEO Worldwide with Saatchi & Saatchi in 1997.

6.15pm - Registration
6:45pm - Lecture
7:45pm - Networking Reception
9:00pm - Close
Refreshments will be available at this event. Please note places are limited.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Literary Celebrity workshops – the second in a series of four two-day events

Venue: Lancaster University Campus

The second in a series of four public symposia and workshops on the phenomena of fame and world authorship, run by the University's Department of European Languages and Culture and the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. Colleagues from Languages, Linguistics, English & Creative Writing and History will team up with leading international researchers and local creative practitioners to look at how famous authors have featured in the mainstream media and captured public imagination over the past two centuries, as well as consider the first practical steps towards getting published in multiple media ourselves.

The series of four events are held on the following dates:

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September 2014 - Embodying literary celebrity in multiple media 

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November 2014 - Contemporary critical performances of the authorial role

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March 2015 - Discource on literary celebrity across genres

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July 2015 - World authors and translators in the circulation of global capital

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Public Lecture: Beyond the Lancashire Witches: Writing and Freedom

Event Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: The Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ

The testimonies of the women accused of witchcraft in Lancaster in 1612 as recorded by Thomas Potts, show that, for some at least, the narrative of sorcery offered a fantasy of freedom. Starting with a dramatization of the women’s testimonies filmed in the Witches Tower where they were imprisoned, this talk will explore the ways in which  trials and imprisonment at Lancaster Castle produce expressions of freedom, often, paradoxically, opening the doors to new modes of thinking and feeling. Illustrated with live readings by current and former members of the Department of English & Creative Writing, and dramatizations from the key prison sites across the Castle, the talk will compare texts from the seventeenth century, through to contemporary writings within and inspired by the prison and Lancaster Castle. 

18:00 – Registration

18:30 – Start. Dramatizations and readings

19:45 – Questions from the audience

20:00 – Event ends

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