BUT… Five Public Provocations about Beauty, Utility and Time at Uni of Liverpool

BUT… Five Public Provocations about Beauty, Utility and Time at Uni of Liverpool

Each fortnight, this spring, an engaging lecturer from the University of Liverpool invites you to join them as they tackle the big questions in the fields of arts and heritage. They ask, how do beauty, utility and time impact on your cultural experiences?

Audiences have a chance to follow their research path as they explain the contexts, approached, frustrations, and findings in their work. Each lecture will have a question and answers opportunity at the end.

All lectures are free, however advanced booking is strongly advised. 

Wednesday 29th January: Drop Dead Gorgeous? Natural vs Artifical Beauty

Philosopher Dr Yiota Vassilopoulou argues that an artificial conception of Beauty motivates many current and increasingly popular cosmetic ‘treatments’ extending from make-up to complex surgeries.

Wednesday 12th February: Is it possible to balance the needs of cultural preservation and modern development?

Architect Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay will give a vividly illustrated talk showing some of the architectural solutions to the cultural tensions between past and present that he has helped to negotiate as architectural advisor at National and World Heritage Sites in the oases and the new urban environments of Oman and Abu Dhabi.

Wednesday 26th February: How does the film music of John Williams help to create fictional worlds?

Self-confessed John Williams fanatic Dr Giles Hooper explores the deeper role and function of film music by explaining how John Williams’ film scores not only support but actively direct the filmic narrative and the viewer’s emotional investment in the storylines.

Wednesday 11th March: Is reading good for you?

Interest in reading as a force of good, particularly in relation to health, has blossomed in recent years but Dr Josie Billington asks is it simply a ‘healthy’ activity? Might literature’s true power be to extend and deepen our experience of both joy and sorrow?

Wednesday 11th March: How do cities tell their stories?

How have cultural enterprises from the Universal Exhibition in London (1851) to the European Capital of Culture influenced international cultural policy, major events and city narratives? Communication and Media expert Dr Beatriz Garcia will identify trends that started more than a century ago and are still influencing event-led cultural regeneration across the globe.

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All lectures: 17.30-19.00 in 502 Teaching Hub, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Liverpool, 150 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TR

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Press contact: Dr Helen Thomas, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool / 0151-795 8523