September 2016

September 2016

19 September 2016: Lecture: Facing Beethoven: Literature, Sculpture and Identity.

Read the summary report of the lecture by Dr Nathan Waddell, Facing Beethoven: Literature, Sculpture and Identity.

Speaker: Dr Nathan Waddell, Assistant Professor in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK; Editor of The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies; Member of the Editorial Board of the Collected Works of Wyndham Lewis, contracted to Oxford University Press.

Beethoven - celebrated as much as a mythic icon as he is treasured as a man, musician, and composer – was often cited by early twentieth-century writers in novels and in discussions of art, politics, and society. In his lecture, Nathan Waddell explored how Beethoven’s image, in the forms of life and death masks and portrait busts and statues, had been used by H. G. Wells, Wyndham Lewis, Dorothy Richardson, and Stephen Spender, among others, to ask questions about identity, art’s roles in everyday life, and the explanatory force of legend.

12 September 2016: Conference: Minding Scotland's Money: Economic Governance for an Increasingly Devolved Scotland. What Checks? What Balances?

At the Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George Street, Glasgow G1 1RD.

Read the summary report of the Conference on: Minding Scotland's Money: Economic Governance for an Increasingly Devolved Scotland. What Checks? What Balances?

Organised by University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute (IPPI), The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and the David Hume Institute (DHI) this major conference will discuss the Scottish Parliament’s new fiscal powers, the importance of independent, informed analysis and current economic governance arrangements.

Speakers included: Sir Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, The Scottish Parliament, Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland, Professor Graeme Roy, Fraser of Allander Institute, Professor David Bell, Stirling University, Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow.

12 September 2016: Lecture/Ordinary Meeting: Is Cancer Screening Good for your Health?

Speaker: Professor Julietta Patnick CBE, Deputy Director, Cancer Screening, Public Health England.

Read the summary report of Professor Patnick's lecture on Is Cancer Screening Good for your Health?

In recent years cancer screening has become very controversial.  Yet the NHS in the UK continues to provide 3 large population programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancers and research is ongoing into screening for prostate, lung and ovarian cancers.  Millions of people are offered and accept screening each year.  There is no doubt that thousands of lives are saved, but at what cost?  Are cancers being treated that could safely be left alone or would reducing screening mean avoidable deaths occurring?

This annual lecture is in association with the Scottish Cancer Foundation and the Cruden Foundation.

 

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