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Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, making us London's oldest higher education institution. This podcast offers our recorded lectures that are free to access from the Gresham College website, or our YouTube channel.

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    • 4.4 • 26 Ratings

Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, making us London's oldest higher education institution. This podcast offers our recorded lectures that are free to access from the Gresham College website, or our YouTube channel.

    The Next Fifty Years of Tech - Dr Victoria Baines

    The Next Fifty Years of Tech - Dr Victoria Baines

    Come take a ride in the Tech Time Machine and explore how IT may change our lives in the next fifty years. By employing techniques used by science fiction writers, we can imagine how Artificial Intelligence, extended reality, mobile connectivity, quantum computing, and others will develop.How will they converge, enable and accelerate each other? We can anticipate the opportunities and challenges technology may bring. Why should we fear disruption? Should we instead embrace it?This lecture was...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Musical Consonance and Dissonance: The Good, Bad and Beautifully Ugly - Milton Mermikides

    Musical Consonance and Dissonance: The Good, Bad and Beautifully Ugly - Milton Mermikides

    What makes a piece of music challenging, bland, intriguing, beautiful or ugly?This lecture explores the concept of ‘musical flavour’ formed by intervallic, rhythmic and timbral components and how they contribute to a sense of consonance and dissonance.In particular we look at the interval vector, a system by which harmonic objects are analysed as a series of ‘handshakes’ between pitches, providing a measure of harmonic ‘bite’. The ‘Hendrix chord’ is used as a case study of such harmonic flavo...

    • 57 min
    Is it Aliens? The Most Unusual Star In The Galaxy - Chris Lintott

    Is it Aliens? The Most Unusual Star In The Galaxy - Chris Lintott

    Boyajian's star, a faint and unprepossessing presence in the constellation of Cygnus, attracted astronomers' attention when it began to flicker alarmingly.We will discuss explanations for its behaviour, from disintegrating comets to alien megastructures, and consider how modern astronomy hunts for the truly unusual objects in the Universe.For this task, the involvement of large numbers of volunteers - citizen scientists - is essential, for example via the Zooniverse platform, which invites yo...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Western Magical Tradition - Ronald Hutton

    The Western Magical Tradition - Ronald Hutton

    This lecture makes a survey of learned ceremonial magic in Europe throughout history and demonstrates that both of the customary claims made for it by practitioners since the Middle Ages are actually correct: that there is a continuous tradition of it and that it is ultimately derived from ancient Egypt.In doing so, it also shows what is distinctive about Western magic.This lecture was recorded by Ronald Hutton on 24th April 2024 at Barnard's Inn Hall, LondonThe transcript and downloadable ve...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Locating Queer History - Matt Cook

    Locating Queer History - Matt Cook

    Queer urban life has changed dramatically in England over the last seventy years. Shifts in the economy, culture, attitudes, and technology have all played their part in this. London has often been used as the barometer for these shifts, suggesting they were experienced in similar ways across the nation.In an exploration of the queer contours of Leeds, Manchester, Brighton and Plymouth, this lecture takes issue with this assumption and shows how and why LGBTQ scenes, communities and identitie...

    • 56 min
    Refugees: English Law's Protection or Persecution? - Leslie Thomas KC

    Refugees: English Law's Protection or Persecution? - Leslie Thomas KC

    How are refugees protected in English law?This lecture traces the history of refugee protection, the limits of the Refugee Convention, and changes to the law in recent decades that have made refugees’ lives increasingly difficult. The Government’s latest tranche of policies: the Nationality and Borders Act 2022 and the Rwanda offshoring scheme, are particularly brutal.Is it time to reverse anti-refugee policies and create safe and legal routes for refugees to reach the UK, without a number ca...

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Buhlteufelin ,

Manu excellent lectures

The lecture series on unbelief from the 14th to the 17th centuries with Alec Ryrie is worth multiple times of five stars. How I love intelligent, rigorous and source-built scholarship - especially when it is presented with such flair.

CmmGa ,

Audio only is much appreciated!

I have been falling asleep to Gresham lectures for several years, as well as listening with full attention to topics that really interest me. I’ve been following the YouTube channel, which unfortunately means leaving my screen on overnight, running down my battery on my phone and adding light to the room where I’m sleeping. I’m thrilled to discover a podcast version with only the audio. If you are looking for something to fall asleep to that is interesting enough to distract from circling thoughts but not so Interesting that you stay awake, these are perfect. The lovely English accents and well modulated voices enhance the experience. And many of the topics are truly fascinating! I often come back to finish listening to the lectures I like while I’m awake.

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