In an annual series of four lectures in Hilary Term, the Green Templeton Lectures explore a given contemporary theme through a number of different perspectives, whether it be historical, political, educational or philosophical. Previous themes have included the pharmaceutical industry in 2009 and the sources and forms of uncertainty in modern life.
High-profile guest speakers have included Dame Helena Kennedy, leading barrister and expert in human rights law and civil liberties, and Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The four lectures will raise questions about the changing nature of childhood and 'adult world' responses to this. Global in scope, the lecture series explores some of the key influences on the conditions of childhood today, aiming to locate children in regard to such developments as rapid technological change, marketisation and globalisation. Among the topics to be considered are children's security and the significance of war and conflict in children's lives, the role of technology and the Internet, childhoods and children's life chances in global perspective, and children's cultural lives as reflected in and through literature. The global focus spells a recognition of the increasing interconnectedness of the lives of children around the world and the belief that the future of both children and society requires better sharing of responsibilities for all children, as well as greater knowledge about the impact of developments in the 'adult world' on children.
Lectures take place on Monday 26 January and 2, 9 and 16 February 2015 in the E P Abraham Lecture Theatre at GTC. More information about the 2015 lecture series.
Past lecture series:
Green Templeton Lectures 2014: The Tyranny of the Normal
Green Templeton Lectures 2013: Feeding a Better Future
Green Templeton Lectures 2012: States in Crisis
Green Templeton Lectures 2011: Living with the Coalition
Green Templeton Lectures 2010: Uncertainties and Insecurities
Green Templeton Lectures 2009: Addicted to Big Pharma? Reconciling Business, Medical and Ethical Needs