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A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been with us in principle since 1959 and in practice since about 1981. However, one of the most important events in nanoscience for many was the 2010 Nobel Prize-winning isolation and study of graphene, a two-dimensional material, by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004. This talk will review recent and future work in the field of two-dimensional nanomaterials, still one of the hottest topics in condensed matter physics after around fourteen years of graphene research; examples will be drawn from work in progress in the Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at the University of Bath.

 

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Dr Karim Esmail
Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford and Cambridge Universities

One of the great religions of the world, Buddhism emerged with the birth in Lumbini (present day Nepal) of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, during the 5th century BC.

This Talk will discuss the religious milieu in India at the time it emerged, and will also consider its founder and, above all, its basic belief.

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Bristol and Avon Family History Society

Bath Family History Group

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‘Post-truth’ was Oxford’s word of the year for 2016, & ‘Fake News’ Collins’s word of the year for 2017. But what do these words mean, and is there a definite cause for alarm that they signify? Or are they just convenient baskets in which to put almost everything that we find alarming about contemporary times? In this lecture I talk a little about what philosophers of language have found to say about the family of notions connected with truth, and therefore about truth itself. The results are both surprising, and, when properly understood, reassuring.

 

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Since the United Framework Convention on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and despite the Kyoto Protocol signed in 1997 not much progress has been made to address global warming. Also the recently signed Paris Accord is not very promising, global greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever and continue to grow constantly. Do we need to completely rethink our policy strategies and global governance structure in order to avoid disaster?

 

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Upcoming events

21 April 2018 BRLSI - EXHIBITION - Pacific: Ocean of Islands

A Free Exhibition 21 April–22 September 2018

This year’s summer exhibition focuses on items from the BRLSI Collections with a connection to the Pacific Ocean: corals and shells, the ethnography of the many small islands, and natural history specimens that illustrate the significance of the Wallace line, the invisible boundary which separates the ecozones of Asia and Australasia identified by naturalist Alfred Wallace (1823–1913). In addition, prints from four renowned international photo journalists, highlighting the impact of environmental change on the wildlife and peoples of the Pacific, will be on display.

 

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26 April 2018 BRLSI Science - Two-Dimensional Materials and the Future of Nanoscience

Nanoscience and nanotechnology have been with us in principle since 1959 and in practice since about 1981. However, one of the most important events in nanoscience for many was the 2010 Nobel Prize-winning isolation and study of graphene, a two-dimensional material, by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in 2004. This talk will review recent and future work in the field of two-dimensional nanomaterials, still one of the hottest topics in condensed matter physics after around fourteen years of graphene research; examples will be drawn from work in progress in the Centre for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology at the University of Bath.

 

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27 April 2018 BRLSI Belief - The Birth of Buddhism

Dr Karim Esmail
Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Oxford and Cambridge Universities

One of the great religions of the world, Buddhism emerged with the birth in Lumbini (present day Nepal) of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, during the 5th century BC.

This Talk will discuss the religious milieu in India at the time it emerged, and will also consider its founder and, above all, its basic belief.

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30 April 2018 BRLSI Patrick O'Brian Society - ‘Nathanial’s Nutmeg’ by Giles Morton

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30 April 2018 Explore House History - Colin Johnston

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Bristol and Avon Family History Society

Bath Family History Group


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01 May 2018 BRLSI Philosophy - Is Post-Truth Fake News?

‘Post-truth’ was Oxford’s word of the year for 2016, & ‘Fake News’ Collins’s word of the year for 2017. But what do these words mean, and is there a definite cause for alarm that they signify? Or are they just convenient baskets in which to put almost everything that we find alarming about contemporary times? In this lecture I talk a little about what philosophers of language have found to say about the family of notions connected with truth, and therefore about truth itself. The results are both surprising, and, when properly understood, reassuring.

 

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08 May 2018 BRLSI Economics & Business - Climate Change: Can We Avoid Disaster?

Since the United Framework Convention on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and despite the Kyoto Protocol signed in 1997 not much progress has been made to address global warming. Also the recently signed Paris Accord is not very promising, global greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever and continue to grow constantly. Do we need to completely rethink our policy strategies and global governance structure in order to avoid disaster?

 

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09 May 2018 World Community for Christian Meditation - Contemplative Christianity for Today’s World: A talk by Rev. Dr. Sarah Bachelard

For more information, or to book (essential) contact [email protected] or 01275 463727. There is disabled access – but please specify when booking. There will be a basket at the door for donations – we suggest £10 if you can.


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10 May 2018 BRLSI Geography & Adventure - Positive Stories from the Middle East and Africa

Having the job title Middle East and Africa Editor, Reuters Pictures you might believe that all I see are pictures of destruction. But this is far from the truth; even in the darkest days there are images of beauty, hope and aspiration, you just need to know where to look.'

 

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15 May 2018 BRLSI World Affairs - Modern Slavery

We are told tough border controls are necessary to prevent would-be migrants from being caught up in a “modern-day slave trade”. But what if the experience of those described as “modern slaves” resembles the historical experience of people who attempted to escape slavery, rather than those who were transported into it?

 

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