Update for Monday 21st November 2016

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Continuing an annual series of public lectures exploring the cutting-edge of research in astronomy, Professor Tim O'Brien of Jodrell Bank and BBC Stargazing Live will be talking about the dynamically changing universe and how we are using increasingly large and sophisticated telescopes on and above the world to learn about it.

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In the ten years since its creation, the UN Human Rights Council has achieved some significant successes in the protection and promotion of human rights. Having overcome the selectivity and overt politicisation that beset its formative years, the Council has become a forum within which cooperation, dialogue, state engagement, and peer-support frequently take place. Worryingly, however, certain states, regional groups and political blocs have increasingly used of the Council to promote and advance objectives seeking to undermine – rather than strengthen – international human rights law. In particular, the Council has become a place in which Third Generation Rights are advanced, which dilutes traditional understandings of human rights and undermines the body’s ability to protect and promote fundamental rights and freedoms. Secondly, the Council has been used to advance agendas that seek to subjugate fundamental rights such as freedom of expression, or undermine the universal applicability of rights such as to LGBT persons. This talk explores some of the key backwards steps taken at the Council, interrogating the extent to which an intergovernmental body can and ought to be expected to overcome such clear politicisation.

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Sensor technology gives us huge volumes of real-time data capture; we can see further, broader and deeper into our enterprise and supply chain than at any point in history. This presents an interesting challenge - so what? There is only value in this visibility if we can do something about it. For industries with time-critical value chains a major challenge is operational downtime with every minute lost impacting productivity and margin.

By combining the data acquisition from sensors, with the automated knowledge and intelligence of experts, we can close the loop between event, diagnosis and action faster than ever. We can also continuously improve performance with predictive modelling based on the data captured.

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An illustrated public lecture by Dr David Clampin on post-war advertising and its optimistic portrayal of Britain.

Image of ration book coverCommercial advertising between 1939 and 1945 played an important part in everyday life in Britain, projecting a fanciful ideal and a symbol of 'modern' life.

This illustrated lecture describes how advertising happened to correspond with the prevailing political debate which rejected high-sounding rhetoric in favour of the practical realities of everyday life and the material ambitions of the electorate. The advertisers gave form to what it was that the people were fighting for - looking forward to a post-war world with the promise of a bountiful future.

Using images from brands such as Vimto, Oxo, Yardley Cosmetics, HP Sauce, Bournville and Stork Margarine, Dr Clampin will introduce the debate on the relevance of the promises made in 1945 to 2016 and the issues we face today.

This event is part of the 2016 Being Human Festival of the Humanities.

Registration required.

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“A Tribute to Humans, in all our faded glory” ( BBC)

Sonia Richter plays Cecilie, girlfriend of Joachim (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who is paralysed from the neck down after being run down by Marie (Paprika Steen), wife of Neils (Mads Mikkelsen), a doctor at the hospital in which Joachim recuperates. Cecilie and Neils strike up a relationship that develops into an affair with devastating consequences.

The director Susanne Bier wrote and directed Open Hearts following the minimalist rules of the Dogme #95 Manifesto a movement started in 1995 by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Shoot in infra-red digital hand held camera and only using natural lightning, Bier distant herself of the sometimes pretentious Trier’s approach to Dogme filmmaking to create a modest masterwork that exposes the delicate dynamics of heterosexual relationships to invert and reassert the archetypes of male strength and female vulnerability. This is a dark but emotive view on love. The less known of Bier’s filmography (her feature “In A Better World” won an Oscar in 2010) but perhaps her most interesting and wonderful stuff.

Think Cinema presents with Open Hearts a short season dedicated to Danish Dogme 95 #directedbywomen.

Debate will follow at around 8:45pm.

Ticket required.

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Off the back of last year’s sell out tour, The Cult of Dave, his TV special, Dave Alnwick: Trickster, and a stellar appearance at the recent QED conference, Dave is back with his new hour long show: MIND WIZARD.

Expect misdirection, mind reading and manipulation. Will you be converted?

Registration required.

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Introducing the powerful stories of London’s new generation of black and brown activists, Generation Revolution explores the successes and unexpected challenges these inspiring young people face. Motivated by the desire for a more equal future, they embark on the rewarding but difficult path that they must tread in their struggle for liberation.

After the screening we'll be joined by directors Cassie Quarless and Usayd Younis for a Q&A.

Registration required.

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This debate organised by the Baroness Warsi Foundation, in partnership with the Empowering Design Practices project, will explore the potential for places of worship to be shared, by different faith groups, by the wider community, and for mixed uses.

The connection between people and their place of worship, and between a place of worship and the wider community around it is layered with complex connotations, interpretations and feelings. Places of worship are fundamental to faith communities, providing a physical space to practice their faith and to come together. Bricks and mortar take on spiritual and faith values. For others, a place of worship may feel out of their reach or disconnected from their local community.

What happens when those places of worship become shared spaces?

Is the form, feeling and function of a building defined by the particular faith practiced there? How do different faith groups perceive other places of worship and can different faiths come together in shared buildings?

Can a faith building accommodate local community activities and services while maintaining its integrity and function as a place of worship?

This free debate will consider these questions starting with a series of provocations from a panel of speakers that bring a diverse range of experience and insights into the topic. The debate is open to anyone interested in exploring the future of places of worship and their place in our communities.

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This EU Law @ Liverpool seminar will bring together a range of public law academics to analyse the High Court judgments in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, which consider the domestic constitutional requirements for a lawful decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and therefore begin the process of negotiating UK withdrawal from the European Union. In particular, the seminar will explore aspects of the judgments which relate to the question of whether such a decision can be taken by the government under the royal prerogative power to conduct foreign affairs and international relations, or requires fresh legislative authorisation by Act of Parliament, the relevance of UK devolution legislation to these issues, and the justiciability of matters of considerable political controversy in the courts.

In addition to reacting to the High Court judgments on the Article 50 decision, our invited speakers will anticipate and reflect on lines of argument likely to feature significantly as this dispute is appealed to the UK Supreme Court in early December 2016. The critical constitutional issues raised in these cases will then be opened up for a roundtable discussion among the seminar participants.

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Policing is a complex leadership environment which operates in a hostile political and media arena. The public have a right to expect that police leaders have the ability to keep communities safe and will deliver a value led and ethical service which addresses the threats within our diverse communities whilst spending public money wisely. But how does a police leader deliver a service that is responsive to their communities in the face of a complex governance and inspection regime which can at times offer a perverse incentive to focus on targets and not the threats, harm and risks that face our citizens?

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On November 8, the US electorate voted for Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States. Whilst he did not win the popular vote he did secure 290 Electoral College votes, enough to secure him the White House. And with the Republican Party keeping control of the Senate and the House of Representatives, there is an opportunity for a Republican agenda both in domestic and foreign policy to be consecrated.

In the last event Matthew and Malcolm were pretty convinced that Clinton would win; what went wrong? Was it liberal bias, a blind faith in the rationality of humans that led them astray? What does Trump’s victory say about the battle for America’s identity? Is it too simple to say that there were enough angry voters to tip the polls?

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Lecturers from the Iberian and Latin American Studies department of the University of Liverpool present a series of films & talks from the wide Luso-Hispanic world that address historical and contemporary issues.

How much can a mug shot reveal about a political system? How much can a picture taken over 40 years ago say about today? Award-winning director Susana Sousa Dias uses photos of political prisoners during the Portuguese dictatorship (1926-1974) to expose the mechanisms used by that regime to perpetuate itself. Sublime and horrific in equal measure, this innovative and original film makes for an intense and intimate viewing experience.

Lecturers from the University of Liverpool will lead a post film talk/debate after the film.

Ticket required.

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Don’t miss this rare chance to hear about the processes and research behind unfold from artist Ryoichi Kurokawa as he uncovers his work worked within the fields of science and art for this new exhibition.

Kurokawa will be joined by Vincent Minier (CEA Paris-Saclay and Université de Nantes, France), the astrophysicist who advised on the project.

Registration required.

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