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Professor Alec Ryrie is one of the UK’s most prominent historians and theologians, whose work considers the cultural and theological history of the Reformation. His recent book, Protestants: The Radicals who Made the Modern World (2017) explores the history of Protestant belief, from Martin Luther’s 1517 rebellions against the Catholic Church, to the present day. In this paper, he will explore how radical belief can shape, and be shaped by, emotions, identities and spiritualities.
Artist, curator and writer Alnoor Mitha will present an overview of his artistic journey - from being on a Commonwealth Scholarship at Baroda (India) to being Founding Artistic Director of the Asia Triennial Manchester (2008 to present) and curating the 2016 Colombo Art Biennial, Sri Lanka.
Alnoor investigates issues surrounding the international Asian Diaspora and cosmopolitan communities in urban and inner city conurbations, challenging politics of identity, race, belonging and migration. He has developed richly vibrant confluences between UK and Asian arts, through seminal exhibitions, books and events, highlighting the impact of cultural diversity on our living heritage.
Alnoor has supported and presented innovative work by emerging and internationally renowned artists including Subodh Gupta, Nalini Malani from India, Rashid Rana, Imran Qureshi from Pakistan and Shamsia Hassani from Afghanistan.
Liverpool Humanists Darwin Day event this year is a public talk given by evolutionary ecologist, Chris Hassall.
Chris explains what his talk 'Why Evolution is True' will cover:
'While long accepted as scientific fact (indeed, a core component of our understanding of the world), evolutionary biology is still contentious in some non-scientific circles. I will explore some of the evidence for evolution, drawing on cutting edge experiments and discoveries from multiple fields within biology including paleontology, genetics, and experimental evolution.'
'These experiments contradict many of the common arguments against evolution, highlighting evolutionary biology as an empirical, predictive framework without which it is not possible to understand the world around us.'
'Along the way I will respond to some common problems that people have with evolution and equip the audience with new tools to help discuss the topic in an informed and balanced manner.'
'I will also present some social sciences data on why certain groups of people tend not to believe in evolution and discuss some of the ways in which we can communicate science more effectively when scientific topics might be controversial for an audience.'
Dr Chris Hassall is a Lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Leeds. There, he conducts research on a number of topics within ecology and evolutionary biology, including biological responses to climate change, urbanisation, and invasive species; the evolution of ageing, camouflage, and mimicry; the ecology of ponds; links between biodiversity and human health; and technology-led projects on biological monitoring. Chris has published over 50 scientific papers and sometimes ends up in the media talking about wider scientific issues such as climate change and dowsing.
One in two of us will suffer with cancer in our lifetime and almost all of us have some experience of the disease. But do we really know what cancer is and how we can work towards a cure? Is a cure even possible? And how can we arm ourselves with the right information to help us prevent and treat cancer?
Alice is a researcher who has worked in the Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Liverpool with both non-profit and for-profit organisations. In this talk she will discuss what cancer is, how it works and just how we are working towards understanding and curing the disease. She will talk about the complexities of research and some of the big success stories that relate directly to some of the many types of cancer. Only when we understand the difficulties we face can we discern between bogus cancer treatment claims and genuine scientific advancement in this field