Minerva Programme

The Minerva Programme is a series of lectures and workshops put on by the College for our scholars that encompasses the breadth of academic disciplines available at Bradfield.

The Programme is put together with academic departments and complements teaching in the classroom as well as forming part of the co-curriculum.

Minerva Programme 2017/18

 

Minerva Programme 2017/18 - Michaelmas calendar

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ACTOR

with Philip Bulcock

Philip Bulcock is an award winning British actor who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The School of the Science of Acting under the direction of Russian theatre practitioner and founder of the Science of Acting, Sam Kogan. His career encompasses film, theatre and radio. His theatre credits include the role of Nick Massi in the original London production of Jersey Boys. His film roles include The Dark Knight, 28 Weeks Later and Crossroads. Alongside his acting, Philip is also a producer, director and teacher of acting.

Thursday 14 September

HOW AND WHY SHOULD WE CONSERVE WILDLIFE?

with Dr Joanna Bagniewska

Dr Joanna Bagniewska did her doctorate at Oxford University and is currently a biology teaching fellow at Reading University. As a young and charismatic speaker, she won Famelab 2014, an international science communication competition with her engaging discussion of how airport security systems use bees to detect explosives. In 2016, she won I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here, a national initiative that encourages UK school pupils to chat to research scientists, and one in which Bradfield College took part.

Thursday 21 September

PORTAITURE

with Harry Borden

Harry is one of the UK's finest portrait photographers and his work has been widely published. He has won prizes at the World Press Photo Awards and has also judged the contest. In 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London and the gallery now has more than l00 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. Harry will also be giving a practical portraiture workshop to the Fifth Form Photography pupils.

Tuesday 26 September

THE IMPORTANCE Of THE HUMANITIES AND PHILOSOPHY IN TODAY'S WORLD

with Professor A C Grayling

In a time where so much emphasis and importance appears to be put on scientific advances and the STEM subjects, Professor Grayling will explain the role and importance of studying humanities and philosophy. What is the point of reading English Literature or Philosophy at university? Why does the world need the Arts more than ever?

Tuesday 28 September

TRANSITION METAL CHEMISTRY: FROM CATALYSIS TO MEDICAL IMAGING

Ryle Lecture with Nick Long

Nick is the Sir Edward Frankland BP Chair in Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College and Head of the Catalysis, Sustainability and Applied Inorganics Research Section. Research interests focus on transition metal and lanthanide chemistry for the synthesis of functional molecules, homogeneous catalysis and in recent years, probe design and novel methodologies for biomedical imaging. Nick has published around 180 papers, including several high impact review articles and textbooks.

Thursday 5 October

US Politics Past and Present

with Professor Jonathan Bell

Jonathan is a historian of US politics, with a particular emphasis on American Liberalism since the New Deal and the ways in which liberal politics have adapted to social change during the twentieth century. He has published widely in US political history, including a book on how the Cold War transformed American political discourse and policy formation on domestic issues during the Truman Presidency, a collection of essays on American liberalism and a book charting the changing political complexion of California since World War Two.

Tuesday 10 October

STARTING AND RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS

with Geryn Evans

Geryn knows the ins and outs of running small businesses. He currently runs a successful pet business and also designs furniture. In his talk, he will cover new product development, raising finance, the intricacies of parenting and overseas production.

Thursday 12 October

BROADCASTING TN THE COMPUTER AGE

with Erica Vanstone

Erica has served as Head of Broadcast Operations for the Women's Flat Track Derby Association since the inception of that post in 2014, and has spearheaded the growth of the sport into broadcast media. Coverage produced by her has appeared on ESPN, the flagship sports network, and she has initiated many major improvements in the way the sport is covered. As all broadcast is now done via computer technology, she will be speaking about how broadcast is done in the computer age and the advantages computers give us.

Thursday 9 November

EARTH'S EDGE ADVENTURE

with James McManus

After several years working as a white water kayaking guide in the USA and India, James decided to scare offering bespoke adventure travel experiences in the Indian Himalaya. He quickly learned that success in business is every bit as challenging as scaling a mountain. James has grown his fledgling company into the market leader in Ireland, running expeditions to multiple adventure destinations across the globe. His company philosophy of "Explore, Experience, Evolve" epitomises his approach to life and business and is a fitting expression of his ambition to deliver life changing experiences for his guests.

Tuesday 14 November

SECRETS OF A SPY WRITER

with Jon Stock

Jon has written for the Daily Telegraph, serving as their foreign correspondent in India and most recently serving as Weekend Editor. He is most famous for writing the Legoland trilogy, which follows an M16 operative through various adventures. The Telegraph described the first of the trilogy, Dead Spy Running, as being 'a Jason Bourne sweat­fest with George Smiley's brain'. His seventh and most recent novel, To Snare a Spy, has been published this year.

Thursday 16 November

LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN 15th CENTURY FLORENCE

with Nick Ross

Nick has caught in Italy for over 30 years and published books on Canaletto, Miro and an artistic guide to Florence. In addition, Nick has written numerous book reviews and presented an arts programme for the Discovery Channel. Nick's love of Italy is infectious and he is driven co continually add to the cultural experience of students who travel with Art History Aboard. He is most pleased to have been voted the No. 1 Guide in the Daily Telegraph Review.

Tuesday 21 November

ORIGINAL REPORTING AND DOCUMENTARY CHANNELS

with Matt Shea (VICE)

Matt is a documentary film producer, director, and on-screen host for VICE. He is responsible for generating series and story ideas for broadcast TV, feature length release and branded content, covering international news, culture, music and human-interest stories on VICE's increasingly large array of digital channels. He has developed and produced several series for broadcast TV in both the US and the UK and has produced two feature length documentaries as well as numerous on-line films, garnering over one million views.

Thursday 30 November

AN AUDIENCE WITH PAUL MCGINLEY

Paul is a professional golfer who, at the 2002 Ryder Cup, famously holed a ten-foot puce on the 18th hole at The Belfry in his match against Jim Furyk to win the Ryder Cup for Europe. He then went on to captain Team Europe co more Ryder Cup success in 2014, becoming the first Irishman to captain Europe's Ryder Cup side in the process.

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