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Edinburgh attracts a wide range of distinguished speakers throughout the year - here we feature some of our lecture highlights.

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Edinburgh attracts a wide range of distinguished speakers throughout the year - here we feature some of our lecture highlights.

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    Does Fair Trade Make a Difference?

    Does Fair Trade Make a Difference?

    February 2014 marks ten years of the University of Edinburgh supporting fair trade, following a student vote to become a Fairtrade University. February 25th also marks one year of Scotland becoming a Fair Trade Nation.

    In this lecture, Paul Chandler, former Chief Executive of leading fair trade organisation Traidcraft, examines the history and impact of fair trade, discuss critiques of fair trade, and offer ideas on what is next for the movement.

    Recorded on 25 February 2014, at the University of Edinburgh's Playfair Library Hall.

    • 1 hr 35 min
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    An Audience with Peter Higgs

    An Audience with Peter Higgs

    Professor Peter Higgs gives a talk about the particle that bears his name.

    The celebrated scientist joins a panel discussion on the Higgs boson, a particle whose recent discovery is regarded as a milestone in modern physics.

    Those accompanying Professor Higgs on the panel are Mr Alan Walker, Honorary Fellow and Director of the Particle Physics for Scottish Schools Exhibition; Dr Victoria Martin, Lecturer and Researcher in Particle Physics at the University of Edinburgh; and Francisca Garay Walls, PhD student.

    Recorded on Thursday 20 June 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's McEwan Hall.

    • 1 hr 39 min
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    The Union: An Historical Perspective - Is it Better Together or is Independence the Answer?

    The Union: An Historical Perspective - Is it Better Together or is Independence the Answer?

    Professor Tom Devine, Senior Research Professor in History and Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, delivers his lecture entitled "In bed with an elephant: why has the Union survived for over three centuries?".

    The lecture is followed by a debate, on the subject "Is the UK falling apart? Scotland and the future of the Union". Professor Charlie Jeffery, Director of the University's Academy of Government, chairs a panel debate on the future of the Union.

    Recorded on 22 June 2013 at the University of Edinburgh's McEwan Hall.

    • 1 hr 31 min

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