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From journalism to behavioural science at Jesus College Intellectual Forum

The Intellectual Forum (IF) at Jesus College, Cambridge, has a number of speakers lined up this winter, ranging from a former BBC journalist and an experiential architect to a behavioural scientist and a professor of medical law – and more.

All talks are free and open to everyone. Additional events, including the forum’s collaborations with the Cambridge Festival, will be announced in early February.

Prof Emily Jackson will speak at Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum
Prof Emily Jackson will speak at Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum

Here is what the Intellectual Forum has coming up.

The power of immersive storytelling with Meredith O’Shaughnessy – Wednesday, 7 February, 7.30pm, Frankopan Hall, in-person and online.

Drawing on her background as an engineer and architect who has worked with some of the world’s largest brands, Meredith O’Shaughnessy’s talk at the IF will explore the art of unpicking complicated ideas and infusing them with life, using an integrated, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sensory approach that creates emotional connections with audiences.

Register at bit.ly/3vC6Zrj.

Join Rory as he discusses how his undergraduate studies at Jesus College served as a catalyst for a successful career in journalism at the BBC.

Through reflections on his travels and year abroad, he will offer a glimpse into the impact these experiences had on his understanding of culture and its intersection with journalism.

This event is being co-hosted by the Modern & Medieval Languages and Linguistics Society at Jesus College, Cambridge.

Register at bit.ly/4aVRCdL.

Law and the making of life: Regulating stem cell-based embryo models – Thursday, 22 February, 5.30pm, Frankopan Hall, in-person and online.

One of the most dramatic scientific developments in recent years is the use of stem cells to make self-organising 3D models of a variety of different organs and tissues. But as these models become increasingly sophisticated, is a new regulatory regime required?

Professor Emily Jackson will consider this issue in this year’s Lisa Jardine Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture that pays tribute to the life and work of Jesus College’s first female fellow. After the event, attendees are invited to a free drinks reception in the Bawden Room.

Register at bit.ly/48DNywS.

The works of Wyndham Lewis will be discussed at Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum
The works of Wyndham Lewis will be discussed at Jesus College’s Intellectual Forum

‘Time and Western Man’: Wyndham Lewis’s modernist critique – Tuesday, 27 February, 7.30pm, Webb Library, in-person and online.

Wyndham Lewis (1882–1957) was a major British modernist painter and writer. He is best known for his leadership of the Vorticist movement, his editorship of their magazine Blast, and for painting some of the first abstract paintings in Europe.

However, Lewis's lasting legacy is a complicated one and his political and creative opinions often put him at odds with his artistic contemporaries.

In this talk, Paul Edwards will give a brief survey of Lewis’s visual and written work, then focus on his own edition of Lewis's 1927 book Time and Western Man, which he has edited for Oxford University Press’s Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis.

Register at bit.ly/3HmPFcA.

Power and the unWEIRDification of behavioural science – Wednesday, 6 March, 7.30pm, Frankopan Hall, in-person and online.

Despite only representing a small minority of the global population, most people who participate in behavioural science studies are from Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic (WEIRD) backgrounds.

So how do we do the important work of widening participation in behavioural science? In this talk, Catherine Angai will tackle this question from the Nigerian perspective, drawing on her career as a lawyer and consultant in behavioural science and development.

Register at bit.ly/3tYWQog.

Catherine Angai
Catherine Angai

Find out more about the events at jesus.cam.ac.uk/research/intellectual-forum.

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