Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Embassy London, we are pleased to be offering the Fulbright Frontiers lecture series! The idea for lectures came from alumnus Chris Pallant, who felt the funding would provide a great opportunity to establish a travelling lecture series as a way to do more events for and with alumni outside of London. The series allows alumni to bring their latest research or work, across all disciplines, to a wider audience.
As the events are free and open to alumni as well as the general public, we also hope the lectures will spread the word about the Fulbright Programme more widely throughout the country. Please check the events calendar for details about upcoming lectures in autumn 2016/spring 2017. Recaps of the past lectures are below, with audio or video recordings available for most!
Fulbright Frontiers Lecture at the University of Oxford
On 17 May, the latest Fulbright Frontiers lecture took place at the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. Alumna Dr Anna Beer spoke on women composers and their creative communities, which is the subject of her new book Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music. Beer examined the lives of and played pieces created by eight talented female composers andargued that the most important factor to their success was the exceptional community in which each woman worked.
You can watch Anna's lecture via a video podcast.
Fulbright Frontiers Lecture at Royal Society of Edinburgh
Thanks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and The John Adams Society for hosting alumnus Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown for the latest Fulbright Frontiers lecture on 14 April, Crisis Communication: Lessons from Afghanistan. Chief Inspector Brown discussed his work designing conflict de-escalation skills for military operations in Afghanistan. Picutred above, from left to right, are Richard Stephenson, Chair of the John Adams Society, Graeme Herbert, John Adams Society Board Member, Chief Inspector Andrew B Brown, Joe Dilger, John Adams Society Vice-Chair, Saima Williams, John Adams Society Board Member, and Robbie McGregor, Programs Manager US Consulate General.
If you were unable to join us on the night, an audio recording of the lecture is now available!
Fulbright Frontiers Lecture at Queen's University Belfast
On Thursday 14 January 2016, alumnus Tony Wall, Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Ulster University's Business Management and Research Institute, gave a Fulbright Frontiers lecture titled Public Infrastructure - Who Pays?
The talk discussed the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) to fund public infrastructure (e.g. schools, hospitals and roads). This is where the private sector design, build, finance and operate an asset such as a school.
You can view the presentation here or listen to an audio recording of the lecture.
Fulbright Frontiers Lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University
Tuesday 13 October 2015 saw Canterbury Christ Church University host a Fulbright Frontiers Lecture by alumnus Dr Simon Hayhoe.
During his Fulbright Award (2011-2012), Dr Hayhoe developed an understanding of blind visitors' appreciation of the painting collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the representation of paintings on their website.
Dr Hayhoe has published and lectured internationally on the psychology of blind visual art students, the history of blindness and visual computer programming and web design by blind people.
You can view photos from the event, or listen to an audio recording of the lecture.
Fulbright Frontiers Lecture at the University of Warwick
Hosted by Fulbright alumnus Professor Peter Abrahams (left, seated)
'Leonardo da Vinci: A 15th Century Artist Whose Concepts & Ideas Anticipated 21st Century Radiology?' University of Warwick, 2 June 2015.
Many of Leonardo’s drawings are strikingly similar to modern medical images. This lecture displayed his studies alongside CT, MRI, ultrasound scans and state-of-the-art computer animations to show how astute, accurate and original were Leonardo’s dissections and artistic representations.
Professor Abrahams, who is Professor Emeritus of Clinical Anatomy at Warwick Medical School, described how many new concepts in anatomical artistic design were unique to Leonardo’s work and how these concepts and ideas have now developed into modalities of modern medical imaging.