1. IHRC Annual Lecture 2012


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    President Higgins delivers the IHRC's Annual Lecture on Human Rights Day 2012

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    • Fr Peter McVerry delivers 2012 TASC Annual Lecture


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      The 2012 TASC Annual Lecture was delivered on June 7th by Fr Peter McVerry in the Royal Irish Academy. Fr McVerry has worked with Dublin’s young homeless since the 1970s, and has been a consistent advocate for those living on society’s margins. His most recent book is Jesus: Social Revolutionary? In which he argues that social justice be at the heart of the Christian church’s work.

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      • 2010 - Fourth Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture


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        Dr. Paul Kengor interviews Peter Robinson, a speech writer for Ronald Reagan and the author of the famous speech, "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down this Wall".

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        • JVI Annual Lecture 2011


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          “Austria’s foreign policy focus on the Black Sea and Caucasus Region" JVI Annual Lecture delivered by Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria. March 14, 2011 (postponed from 2010)

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          • Musicology Society of Australia Queensland Chapter Annual Lecture 2010


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            Presented by Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Abstract Community music plays a significant role in many Australian communities. It provides an important point of ‘common ground’ for people who are sometimes isolated due to vast geographical distances. In particular, these music activities offer a means for people to express a shared sense of community identity and culture. Over the past two years, the Australia Research Council funded project Sound Links has researched the dynamics of community music in Australia, and the models it represents for music learning and teaching in formal and informal settings. Through a close examination of six diverse case studies, and a nation-wide online survey, Sound Links has uncovered a revealing picture of musical activity, which up until now has hardly been visible outside the circles of its participants. This lecture gives a global overview of the Sound Links research findings, drawing on significant insights and stories from the case studies. In doing so, it explores the notion of ‘music as common ground’, and the powerful role it can play in creating a sense of social inclusion in such settings. When: Thursday November 25, 2010 at 5.45pm Where: Nickson Room Zelman Cowen Building University of Queensland, St Lucia

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            • SCCJR's 4th annual lecture: 'What are Psychopaths for?' delivered by Shadd Maruna (June 2010)


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              Shadd Maruna is Professor at Queen's University Belfast and Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. This SCCJR 4th annual lecture entitled 'What are Psychopaths for?' was delivered at Edinburgh University on the 1st June. ABSTRACT: Psychologists inside and outside the criminal justice system spends an inordinate amount of time assessing prisoners and probationers for psychopathy. In this talk, I will ask why. Does the diagnosis merit the attention it is given by practitioners? If not, then what accounts for our obsession with psychopathy? I make a case from a psychological point of view, but one that puts Us (psychology, society, the criminal justice system) on “the couch” rather than the psychopath. I argue that the diagnosis of psychopathy can be seen to serve our interests in numerous ways, even though its alleged instrumental function is badly oversold. We need psychopaths, even if they do not need us.

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              • Peter Read - Biochar


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                2008 FEASTA LECTURE Climate Change: First, the Bad News, Then the Good by David Wasdell and Peter Read 18th April 2008 Peter Read, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied and International Economics at Massey University in New Zealand, delivered the good news. Plants and soil lock up huge amounts of carbon. Read contends that it would take only a relatively small increase in the levels of that stored carbon to return atmospheric concentrations of CO2 to safe limits. This would also improve soil fertility and raise incomes for millions of farmers. Link to the "bad news" lecture by David Wasdell http://www.vimeo.com/5666901 www.feasta.org

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                • David Wasdell - Climate Change


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                  David Wasdell, Director of the Meridian Programme, a world-renowned expert in the dynamics of climate change, delivered the bad news. He argued that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere have already exceeded a safe limit. Consequently, not only will every tonne of CO2 emitted from now on have to be recovered and sequestered before its full heating effect has developed but some past emissions will have to be recovered too. April 18th 2008 - Trinity College, Dublin link to the "good news" lecture by Peter Read http://www.vimeo.com/5666985

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                  • Charles Hall - Peak Oil: The End of Economic Growth?


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                    THE 2007 FEASTA LECTURE September 19th 2007 Dr. Hall is a systems ecologist who began his career studying life in freshwater systems. He is best known for developing the concept of EROI, or energy return on investment, which examines how organisms, including humans, invest energy in obtaining additional energy to improve their biotic or social fitness. His lecture deals with the probable implications of peak oil on the economic activity. It focuses on the past, present and future energy cost of energy itself, and how that is likely to effect investments, economic growth and discretionary spending. www.feasta.org

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                    • Richard Douthwaite - Cap and Share


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                      THE 2007 FEASTA LECTURE November 13th 2007 Following the lecture by Peter Barnes http://www.vimeo.com/5666577, Richard Douthwaite of Feasta gave a brief introduction and update on Cap and Share which is closely related to the "cap and rebate" system that Peter Barnes talked about. www.feasta.org

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