May 2011

May 2011

Lecture 29 May 2011. Fantin-Latour: Flower Painter Extraordinaire

Professor David Ingram OBE VMH FRSE

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Henri Fantin-Latour (1836–1904) painted the most stunning pictures of roses and other garden fl owers. David Ingram will take you on a virtual guided tour of Fantin-Latour’s works, interpreting the botany and horticulture of these remarkable creations. The paintings discussed by Professor Ingram, together with other works by the artist, will be on display at The Bowes Museum, County Durham from 16 April – 9 October 2011, in an exhibition curated by Emma House. Back to top


Lecture 26 May 2011. The Lowland Clearances and the Transformation of Southwest Scotland

Professor Tom Devine OBE FRSE, University of Edinburgh

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The Clearances are always associated in Scottish traditional song and story with the Highlands. Modern research has challenged that assumption by demonstrating the extent of removals elsewhere in Scotland. This lecture will demonstrate the scale of dispossession of people in one Lowland region, explain how it transformed the way of life in the southwest forever and suggest why the Highland Clearances are remembered yet the Lowland Clearances are forgotten.


Discussion Forum. 25 May 2011. A Healthy Message? Understanding the History and Exploring the Future of Public Health Campaigns in Scotland

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The core focus of this debate was on public health strategies and topics such as: past practices and ideas that shape current messages about health and illness in public health campaigns; ways of understanding how people experience and respond to public health programmes; and the place of the arts and humanities in imagining new approaches to public health.


Lecture, 23 May 2011. The significance of David Hume: Scepticism, Science, and Superstition

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David Hume’s notorious ‘scepticism’ can seem hard to reconcile with his enthusiastic advocacy of human science. But recent scholarship has revealed a strikingly modern and coherent thinker, increasingly honoured as arguably the most significant philosopher of all time. This lecture will present Hume in this light, as a scientific revolutionary and a crucial influence on Adam Smith, Darwin, Einstein and a host of recent philosophers. It will also exhibit for the first time a new electronic edition of Hume’s posthumous masterpiece, the Dialogues concerning Natural Religion, whose handwritten pages cunningly encode his still-disputed attitude to religion.

Joint lecture with The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanites (IASH) and supported by the Journal of Scottish Philosophy



Monday, 16 May 2011. Robert Cormack Bequest Meeting

The Robert Cormack Bequest Meeting on Scottish astronomy, sponsored by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, held in the Physics and Astronomy Building, University of St. Andrews, on Monday 16th May 2011. This annual, one-day event brings together astronomers, space scientists and those with an interest in astronomy from across Scotland. The programme includes presentations on a broad range of subjects to give participants an overview of what is currently going on in Scottish astronomy.


Discussion Forum. 10 May 2011. Land Use: How Do We Resolve the Never-ending Conflicts?

Professor Roger Crofts FRSE – Chair and Facilitator

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How can the many conflicts between legitimate uses of land, from biodiversity and food production to renewable energy, be resolved effectively and provide the greatest public benefi t? All those interested in land use as owners, tenants, producers, advisers and citizens are invited to join us in debating these important issues.


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