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View the latest events that the University of Portsmouth has to offer, including public lectures and live music

Star Public Lectures

Wednesday Oct 5 6 - 7PM

public lecture

How Change Happens (and how to make it happen)

A public lecture by Duncan Green, Oxfam's Senior Strategic Adviser and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics

Oxfam's Duncan Green introduces the arguments of his forthcoming book, How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016). The book explores how political and social change takes place, and the role of individuals and organizations in influencing that change. He discusses the challenges that 'systems thinking' creates for traditional aid practices, and how a 'power and systems approach' requires activists, whether in campaigns, companies or governments, to fundamentally rethink the way they understand the world and try to influence it.

This lecture is organised in collaboration with the Development Studies Group (DSG) in Portsmouth Business School, Oxfam and Portsmouth Cathedral.

Wednesday 5th October 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Oct 19 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Modernity, Region, and Selfhood - Cancelled

Inaugural lecture by Julian Wolfreys, Professor of English Literature, University of Portsmouth

It is commonplace to think of modernism and modernity as cosmopolitan and global forces and phenomena. However, much modernist art--film, literature, painting--focuses on local communities, placing an emphasis on regional identity. While Victorian art and literature had tended to emphasise general and universal views of humanity, modern aesthetics stressed a world knowable and definable by smaller boundaries. At the same time, much modernist art defined modernity by presenting individuals taking journeys, and in the process of moving away from home, seeking to define for themselves what the feeling for home was. In some cases this is nostalgia, in others, a sense of belonging, of a 'homeland'. I will, in this talk, be looking at the poetics, the rhetoric, and the politics of modern identity in relation to region and a sense of home.

Wednesday 19th October 6-7PM Park Building

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Wednesday Oct 26 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Brexit: What don’t we know?

A public lecture by Susan Hitch, Visiting Professor of Public Policy, King’s College, London

Brexit is a political earthquake. The referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union exposed deep national divisions and produced a clear but small majority for leaving. What can we now know about that vote and its consequences? And what do we not yet know?

Wednesday 26th October 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 2 6 - 7PM

public lecture

Skunks, Shield & Systems – The Future of Media Communication

A public lecture by Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman of MediaCom

Whenever we try to predict the future we get it wrong, so the only way to be ready for the future is to be ready for anything. In this lecture, Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman of MediaCom, UK’s largest media agency explains the guiding principles that ensure her company is ready for the future – principles that any individual or organisation can apply to their own situation.

Wednesday 2nd November 6-7PM Portland Building

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Wednesday Nov 2 7.30 - 9PM

public lecture

A free public event with Tim Peake

Tim, the first British European Space Agency astronaut on the International Space Station

A free public event with Tim Peake, British ESA ​a​stronaut and University of Portsmouth ​a​lumnus.​ ​Tim, the first British European Space Agency astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS), will give members of the public a first-hand account of his six-month mission in space. The event will also see him being awarded an honorary degree by the University.

The first 1000 tickets for this event have sold out. A second batch will be released in the coming weeks - please keep an eye ​on our website and social media pages.

Wednesday 2nd November 7.30-9PM

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Star Conferences and seminars

Various dates 19-25 NOV

Conferences and seminars

Being Human 2016: A Festival of the Humanities

The University of Portsmouth is proud to participate in the 2016 'Being Human' Festival of the Humanities.

Join us for a series of exciting, interdisciplinary, free events discussing this year's Festival theme 'Hope & Fear' through our focus on Science Fiction and its importance for society in the past, present and future.

Proto-Science Fiction and Victorian Steampunk Event
Saturday, 19th November 2016, 3pm onwards: Talk by Dr Karl Bell, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Portmouth, ‘Proto-Science Fiction and Victorian Street Ballads’. Exhibition, talks and vignettes by the British Steam Punk Society. Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. (Free tickets can be reserved via http://bit.ly/protosf)

HG Wells and Modern Hopes and Fears
Monday, 21st November 2016, 3.30 pm: A series of talks by Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth on ‘HG Wells, the Father of Science Fiction’ and Dr Patricia Pulham, Reader in Victorian Literature, University of Portsmouth on ‘Modern Utopias: H.G. Wells and Vernon Lee’. Portsmouth Central Library.

Creating Modern Utopias
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 4pm: Dr Alison Habens, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Portsmouth: Creative Writing & Science Fiction Workshop. Portsmouth Central Library.
Friday, 25th November 2016, 3.30pm: Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Portsmouth: ‘Public Book Group on The Time Machine.’ Portsmouth Central Library.

19-25 November

Last Tuesday
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2016-17 8-10pm

Conferences and seminars

Café Scientifique Portsmouth

A science discussion session in a relaxed café atmosphere, Café Scientifique Portsmouth is organised in collaboration with Portsmouth City Council and Blackwell, usually monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm.

It is part of the worldwide Café Scientifique movement www.cafescientifique.org, encouraging people to take an interest and learn about science. Sessions are held at Le Café Parisien, Lord Montgomery Way, Portsmouth PO1 2AH. Participation is free and open to all.

27/09/2016 Dr Martin Graff, Psychology of online dating
25/10/2016 Dr Bidyut Pal, Developing physiological testing and assessment of knee implants
22/11/2016 Dr Jenny Burrage and Prof Jo Scurr, Breast health
24/01/2017 Prof Claudia Maraston Galaxy
28/02/2017 Dr Lesley Collier, Sensory design and how our senses affect the way we behave
28/03/2017 Prof Maya Unnathan, Maternal health inequality
23/05/2017 tbc
27/06/2017 tbc

Fourth Tuesday of the Month 7.30PM Le Café Parisien

For more information follow @portscafesci or call 023 9284 3757.

Various dates 2016-17

Conferences and seminars

Hot Topic Seminars

A series of seminars organised by the Portsmouth Business School.

A series of seminars organised by the Portsmouth Business School, offering the regional business community new ideas and practical insights into the development of their organisations in an informal and innovative environment held in the Portsmouth Business School, Richmond Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3DE. The seminars are open to the public.

Various dates Richmond Building

For more information visit www.port.ac.uk/pbsevents or call 023 9284 4046.

Various dates 2016-17

Conferences and seminars

CCi Seminars

A series of seminars organised by the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

These seminars organised will showcase a variety of innovative and engaging academic research areas within the creative industries held in the Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ. The seminars are open to the public.

Various dates Eldon Building

For more information visit creativespace.cci.port.ac.uk/whats-on/ or call 023 9284 5710.

Various dates 2016-17

Conferences and seminars

Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars

A series of seminars organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

These seminars will showcase a variety of innovative and engaging academic research areas within the the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) and the Centre for Studies in Literature (CSL), held in Dennis Sciama Building 2.14. The seminars are open to the public.

For more information visit the relevant faculty events pages: Centre for Studies in Literature, or Centre for European and International Studies Research.

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Star Performances and Exhibitions

Saturday Nov 26 8:00pm

Performances and Exhibitions

University of Portsmouth Orchestra & Big Band

The University of Portsmouth orchestra and big band concert will feature the Nutcracker Suite, Finlandia and much more.

Tickets: £12 (£10 retired, £6 under 16s)
Box office: 023 9284 3023

Saturday 26 November 2016 7:30PM King’s Church, Somers Roadd, Portsmouth PO5 4QA

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Various dates Oct-Apr 7:30pm

Performances and Exhibitions

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Our thirteenth season brings a great mix of the old and new. To date, we have had very little late Beethoven, and we somewhat redress that balance now. But we also bring you wonderful music by British composer Rebecca Clarke together with one of her contemporaries, Frank Bridge.

We continue to work in collaboration with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Portsmouth Cultural Trust and Music in the Round to bring the best in chamber music to Portsmouth.

Available dates:

  • Monday 10th October, 2016: Benyounes Quartet
  • Monday 7th November, 2016: Van Kuijk Quartet
  • Monday 30th January, 2017: Ensemble 360
  • Monday 20th February, 2017: Lawson Piano Trio
  • Monday 13th March, 2017: Piatti Quartet with Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola)
  • Monday 24th April, 2017: Trio Apaches

Tickets: £17 full price, £15 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £81.60 for the whole season (£72.00 concs). Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.
All concerts start at 7.30pm at the Portsmouth Guildhall: seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

Oct-Apr 7:30PM Portsmouth Guildhall

Tickets available from the Portsmouth Guildhall: 0844 453 9028. For further information, please contact music@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3023

Various dates Oct-Mar

Performances and Exhibitions

Handel's Messiah and Portsmouth 1789-1812

This exhibit presents archival research by Dr George Burrows of University of Portsmouth

This exhibit presents archival research by Dr George Burrows of University of Portsmouth that has revealed that Handel's Messiah was instrumental in the cultural life of Portsmouth over the turn of the nineteenth century. Maps and documents from the archives document performances of Messiah in Portsmouth in the context of the expansion of the city and of the grand musical festivals that commemorated Handel and his musical philanthropy. A word book from an 1812 performance of Messiah in Portsmouth that featured the great singer, Angelica Catalani, was annotated by a member of the audience and this allows for a recreation of a distinctive Portsmouth version of Messiah, which will be staged on Saturday 18 March 2017. The exhibition frames that performance with documents and images.

1 October - 1 March Portsmouth Guildhall

Saturday Dec 3 7:30pm

Performances and Exhibitions

University of Portsmouth Choral Sing-Out

The University of Portsmouth Choir teams up with the Portsmouth Gospel Choir and the University of Portsmouth Show Choir for a variety concert which includes Faure's Requiem.

Tickets: £12 (£10 retired, £6 under 16s)
Box office: 023 9284 3023

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