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Public Lectures :: February 2017

Please see below for all events this month.

15 February, 2017

Allam Lecture Theatre, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

The Annual Mike Jackson Lecture 

The Invention of Nature. Alexander von Humboldt’s New World

Presented by: Andrea Wulf

The Centre for Systems Studies at Hull University Business School is delighted to host an inspirational lecture by the award-winning writer and television presenter Andrea Wulf, exploring the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist and polymath Alexander von Humboldt. His name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, he discovered patterns between climate zones across the world and predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writings inspired naturalists and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe but also politicians such as Jefferson. 

Wulf’s beautifully illustrated talk brings this lost hero of science and the forgotten father of environmentalism back to life. In revealing the extent to which Humboldt created the way we understand nature, the talk celebrates the profound nature of systems thinking and its relevance for addressing the environmental and global issues that we face today.  

The Annual Mike Jackson lecture has been made possible by the support of University of Hull honorary graduate, Dr Andrew Chen. It is in recognition of the work of Professor Mike Jackson OBE, founding dean of Hull University Business School, who served from 1999 until 2011 and is world-renowned for his work applying systems thinking to management.  

About the speaker

Andrea Wulf is a celebrated speaker at international venues including the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society, the American Philosophical Society, Monticello and the New York Public Library. The author of five highly acclaimed books, Ms Wulf has a strong media presence, speaking on the radio and writing for several newspapers, notably the Guardian, LA Times, WSJ, The Atlantic and New York Times. British audiences will be familiar with her as the co-presenter of the BBC’s four-part garden series in 2014.

Her talk at the at the Annual Mike Jackson lecture is based on ‘The Invention of Nature’ which won the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016, the Costa Biography Award 2015 and the Royal Geographical Ness Award 2016 in the UK, as well as the inaugural James Wright Award for Nature Writing 2016 (Nature Conservancy) and LA Times Book Prize 2016 in the US.
Further information can be found in this short film ‘The Invention of Nature’ and at

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22 February, 2017

Lecture Theatre 2, 1st floor Wilberforce Building, University of Hull, 4pm

Prevent - a toxic brand? Inspired in Hull lecture with Sir Peter Fahy

Presented by: School of Law and Politics

The Prevent programme is part of the UK government's counter-terrorism strategy, but has it worked? Sir Peter Fahy was chief constable of Greater Manchester Police when the Prevent strategy was implemented. He will explore the origins of Prevent, discuss why the terrorist threat is perceived disproportionately compared to other threats to the public and the balance between security and liberty.

Sir Peter Fahy is an esteemed alumnus of the University of Hull, graduating with a BA in Modern Languages in 1980. He retired as chief constable of Greater Manchester Police in October 2015, having served 34 years as a police officer, including 13 years as a chief constable. He was appointed an Honorary Professor of Criminal Justice by the University of Manchester in 2015 and has given a number of lectures on policing and counter-terrorism in the School of Law. Sir Peter is also the Chief Executive Officer for Retrak, a Stockport-based street kid's charity.

The lecture will be followed by a free wine reception.

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Admission free. All welcome. Contact

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22 February, 2017

Wilberforce, Lecture Room 20, 1pm

Conflict and Contemporary Slavery: who are the victims and why?

Presented by: Alicia Kidd

The Institute of Applied Ethics is hosting this seminar as part of their Spring 2017 programme.

Alicia is a second year PhD student at the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation where she studies the relationship between conflict and contemporary slavery.

In this seminar, Alicia will be discussing some of the recurring issues relating to this topic, focusing particularly on:

- peacekeeping missions
- child soldiers
- post conflict zones

The session will also cover some of the findings from Alicia's interviews, comparing the stories of those who have fled conflict zones into relative safety with those who have experienced contemporary slavery during their escape from conflict.

Further information

All welcome and booking is not required. The session will be followed by refreshments.

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