Teddy Talks

Access Hall Areas – 4-5 May 2019

Teddy Talks are part of the inaugural Access Hall Areas event taking place at the College on the first May Bank Holiday weekend, open Saturday 4 May, 11am-5pm and Sunday 5 May, 2-6pm. This is a free, family-friendly event – all welcome!

You can book free tickets now for any of the sessions of Teddy Talks. Sessions will usually include three short, accessible talks (lasting around ten minutes each) given by our academics and postgraduate students on an aspect of their research. All the talks are aimed at a non-specialist audience. To find about about the speakers and their research, please browse the information below.

Please note that the talks are aimed at an adult audience, with the exception of the interactive ‘Maths v Sport’ talk by Dr Tom Crawford (session 2 on Saturday 4 May) which is suitable for children aged 10+ and will last around an hour.

Due to space limitations, advanced bookings are being taken for the Teddy Talks. We kindly ask that guests remain seated for all talks in the duration of each session.

Saturday 4 May: 11.15am-12.00pm

Please note these talks are suitable for an adult audience

Cover of The Great Economists - Linda Yueh

Dr Linda YuehThe Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

Dr Linda Yueh, Fellow by Special Election in Economics, will speak about the ideas that have changed the world and how those ideas can help us today.

The talk will be drawn from her latest book, The Great Economists, and she will cover the biographies of the great thinkers as well as the enduring impact of their ideas. And most importantly, how the lessons from history can help us address some of our biggest economic challenges today.

Vice-Principal Liddon with undergraduates in the Front Quad in1862

 

Rob Petre13/17: a history of the Hall in 13 records (but 17 images)

Rob Petre, the College Archivist, will provide some fascinating insights on the long history of St Edmund Hall, drawing on records and images from the College archives.

Ronnie Guthrie - MCR President

 

Ronnie Guthrie (DPhil Earth Sciences): Earth’s history: Rocks, Life and Mystery

Ronnie Guthrie, Middle Common Room (our postgraduate student body) President, will talk about how our planet has undergone tremendous change in the past 4.5 billion years, and yet life has managed to overcome each obstacle that has tried to thwart its progress. From ‘Snowball Earth’ to the extinction of the dinosaurs, our planet’s geological past is preserved in rock and learning how to read those rocks can not only unlock the secrets of the past, but can help us solve the problems of tomorrow, today.

Book tickets for these talks (session 1) now

Saturday 4 May: 12.45-1.45pm

Please note this talk is suitable for adults and children aged 10+

Dr Tom Crawford giving a talk

Dr Tom Crawford – Maths v Sport  

How did England beat Colombia on penalties? What is the fastest a human being will ever run a marathon? And where is the best place to attempt a world record? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how to use it to be better at sport (results may vary).

Tom Crawford is a maths tutor at St Edmund Hall with a mission to share his love of maths with the world. His award-winning website tomrocksmaths.com features videos, podcasts, articles and puzzles designed to make maths more entertaining, exciting and enthralling for all. Whether he’s performing live as the Naked Mathematician with Equations Stripped, telling you the fun facts about numbers that you didn’t realise you’ve secretly always wanted to know with his Funbers series on the BBC, or getting another maths tattoo (6 and counting), it’s safe to say Tom is always finding new ways to misbehave with numbers! Follow him on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube @tomrocksmaths for the latest updates.

Sign up now for Tom’s talk (Session 2)

Saturday 4 May: 2.30-3.15pm

Please note these talks are suitable for an adult audience

Cameron Hepburn

Prof. Cameron HepburnOpportunity in crisis: Ten surprising ways to use CO2 to produce valuable products at the gigatonne scale

Ambitious climate goals require large-scale CO2 emissions reductions and removal from the atmosphere. Utilising CO2 to produce economically valuable products might reduce the net costs of emission reductions and removals. This talk assesses the potential scale and cost of different utilisation pathways. We review pathways involving construction, chemicals and fuels, which may have potential to reduce CO2 emissions, but have limited potential for net CO2 removals. We also review pathways that enhance CO2 uptake on land, increasing agricultural output and removing CO2 at scale.  All ten pathways considered could individually scale to over 0.5 Gt CO2 utilisation annually.

 

The White Rose Resistance

Dr Alex LloydDefying Hitler: The White Rose Resistance

In 1943, five students and a professor at the University of Munich were executed for treason. They were members of The White Rose (Die Weiße Rose), a clandestine group that wrote and distributed political pamphlets calling on the Germans to resist Hitler. The pamphlets draw on a range of philosophical ideas and influences and urge readers to open their eyes to the atrocities being committed in the name of the regime: ‘Act – prove that you think differently!’. This talk introduces the group and presents their texts as an example of the power of the written word and how culture can inform political action.

Jeanne Ryan (DPhil Education): Talk details to be announced soon!

Book tickets for these talks (session 3) now

Saturday 4 May: 4.00-4.45pm

Please note these talks are suitable for an adult audience

Peace Negotiations Pins

Armi Bayot (DPhil Law): Peace Processes and Political Inclusion: How Do We Account for the Uninvited?

Peace agreements address armed conflicts by providing a framework within which the competing political claims of the contending parties can be accommodated. Peace agreements perform a dual role – they are both a conflict management tool and a post-conflict constitutional bargain. No armed conflict fully corresponds with all the competing political interests in a geographic space, and yet peace talks geared towards the conclusion of a political deal are exclusive to the parties to the armed conflict, and other stakeholders are generally not invited to the negotiation table.

Using the Lumad experience in the Bangsamoro peace process as an example, I will discuss whether peace agreements merely codify the existing exclusionary politics in a given conflict context. I will also explore whether the ways in which we conduct peace processes can be improved to promote political inclusion.

Robert Wilkins

 

Prof. Robert Wilkins – An Open and Shut Case: Membrane Transport in Health and Disease

Prof. Robert Wilkins will explain the role of transport proteins and how we can target them to treat a broad spectrum of diseases, from arthritis to cancer.

John Waite (DPhil student) – to be announced

Book tickets for these talks (session 4) now

Sunday 5 May: 2.30-3.15pm

Please note these talks are suitable for an adult audience

Cameron Hepburn

Prof. Cameron HepburnOpportunity in crisis: Ten surprising ways to use CO2 to produce valuable products at the gigatonne scale

Ambitious climate goals require large-scale CO2 emissions reductions and removal from the atmosphere. Utilising CO2 to produce economically valuable products might reduce the net costs of emission reductions and removals. This talk assesses the potential scale and cost of different utilisation pathways. We review pathways involving construction, chemicals and fuels, which may have potential to reduce CO2 emissions, but have limited potential for net CO2 removals. We also review pathways that enhance CO2 uptake on land, increasing agricultural output and removing CO2 at scale.  All ten pathways considered could individually scale to over 0.5 Gt CO2 utilisation annually.

Vice-Principal Liddon with undergraduates in the Front Quad in1862

 

Rob Petre13/17: a history of the Hall in 13 records (but 17 images)

Rob Petre, the College Archivist, will be providing some fascinating insights on the history of St Edmund Hall, drawing on records and images from the College archives.

Book tickets for these talks (session 5) now

Sunday 5 May: 4.30-5.15pm

Please note these talks are suitable for an adult audience

A microscopic photo of an ironstone

Brooke JohnsonBuilding Bridges: How geology links our everyday lives to the ancient past

Geology is the art of reading the story of the Earth as recorded in the rocks and landscapes around us. This story encompasses billions of years but is as much about our everyday lives as it is about the colossal forces that move continents, build mountains and change the global climate. In this talk Brooke Johnson will describe how the behaviour of ancient creatures created his home town, was instrumental in the building of a world famous feat of engineering, and led to his life-long interest in geology.

Tom Crawford with his posted detailing how to use Maths to clean-up our oceans

 

Dr Tom Crawford: Using maths to clean-up our oceans

Rivers are the major source of pollution in the oceans and if we are to clean them up, we first need to know where the majority of the pollution is concentrated. By creating a mathematical model for river outflows – verified by laboratory experiments and fieldwork – the goal is to be able to predict which areas are most susceptible to pollution from rivers and thus coordinate clean-up operations as effectively as possible.

 

Prof. Nick Davidson – Insiders, outsiders, and streets full of water

How can we explain the survival of an open, multi-cultural, and global community in an age of growing division, intolerance, and violence?  Nick Davidson, Fellow and Tutor in History, explores this problem using evidence from an anomalous city in the past, whose close neighbours and allies questioned both the values and the motives of its citizens.  The investigation raises questions about the purpose of government, the bases of social order, and the relationship of law and personal freedom.

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