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language as a window into human nature

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Monday 26 February Diotima's path of Love in Plato's Symposium An exploration of the teachings of Diotima, and her place in Plato's philosophic outlook.

See more talks like this in: academic / religion / religion / philosophy

Tuesday 27 February Everything you know about genetics is wrong Science writer and broadcaster Dr Kat Arney explains what we do and don't know about how our genes work.

See more talks like this in: science / chemistry / biochemistry / catalysis / newtopic

Thursday 1 March Secret Lives Exposed: If Walls Could Talk ‘Secret Lives Exposed: If Walls Could Talk’ will see award-winning authors Sarah Dunant, Bettany Hughes and Suzannah Lipscomb share stories from history’s hidden lives, from the private life of Henry VIII to the secrets of Renaissance courtesans, cloistered nuns and a Pope's daughter. The talk will take place on 1 March, 7:30pm at the Royal Geographical Society, and will be followed by an audience Q&A led by BBC HARDTalk presenter and Just a Drop Patron Stephen Sackur. All proceeds from the evening will go towards Just a Drop's safe water and sanitation projects.

See more talks like this in: arts / literature / fiction / british / 21stcentury / authors

Friday 2 March ‘Eve in Khaki': Women and the British Army, 1917-48 Professor Lucy Noakes discusses the key role women played in Britain in both world wars.

See more talks like this in: academic / history / britain / 20thcentury / 21stcentury / world

Wednesday 7 March Why do sopranos have such a rough time in opera? Dr Lucien Jenkins discusses the influence of Samuel Richardson on Romantic opera, focusing in particular on Clarissa (1748).

See more talks like this in: arts / music / classical / opera


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