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One of the lectures will be given by Professor Melanie Welham, who will talk about the potential of stem cells for regenerative medicine
One of the lectures will be given by Professor Melanie Welham, who will talk about the potential of stem cells for regenerative medicine

Press Release - 29 January 2008

New programme of free public lectures is launched

Local people will have the opportunity to hear more about climate change, the reign of ‘Bloody Mary’ and the potential of stem cells as part of the latest series of free lectures run by the University of Bath (5.15-6.15pm on Wednesdays on the Claverton campus, starting 6 February).

The programme will begin by looking at the history of sexual violence. Professor Joanna Bourke will reflect on the shifting historical meanings and social views of sexual abuse. Professor Bourke teaches at Birkbeck College and has written several books about the relationship of emotions, gender and history.

The effects of New Labour policies on gender and equality issues will be explored on 13 February. Dr Francesca Gains, from the University of Manchester, will compare the policy efforts of Labour feminists before the 1997 election with what was achieved after ten years of government.

The series continues with a lecture on the link between the ozone layer and climate change. Professor Michael McIntyre, from the University of Cambridge, will talk about the climatic and political implications of northern hemisphere pollutants on the southern ozone hole. This lecture is held in conjunction with Royal Geographical Society and will start at 5.30pm.

Another lecture will explore the reign of ‘Bloody Mary’, contrasting the unpopularity of the catholic queen and her achievements in a time of religious conflict. Professor Ronald Hutton, from the University of Bristol, will also make a case for Mary’s successes and discuss her reign in the context of the Tudor dynasty.

The potential of stem cells for regenerative medicine and its applications will be the theme on 5 March. The talk will be presented by Professor Melanie Welham and Dr Paul de Bank, from the University of Bath. The scientists will discuss the new emerging ways of repairing damaged tissue and organs with regenerative medicine techniques.

The closing lecture on 12 March will focus on the history of music and musicians in Bristol and surrounding areas. Professor Stephen Banfield, a specialist in English music, will talk about the surprises and unknown sides of Bristol musical scene during the last two centuries.

The lectures are run by the University of Bath. All lectures are held on Wednesdays, from 5.15pm until 6.15pm in building 8 West on the main University campus at Claverton Down.

The admission is free and everybody is welcome to turn up. Free parking is available in the West Car Park.

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