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Barclay Lecture 2014: New Patterns of Innovation

Speaker: Professor David Gann, Vice-President and Chair in Innovation and Technology Management, Imperial College, London

Wednesday 12 November

Professor Gann will explore the emergence of new patterns of innovation arising with the advent of the Internet and big data. These patterns of innovation are associated with different forms of entrepreneurship, collaboration across traditional boundaries, and new forms of funding and types of jobs.

McGovern Lecture 2014: John P McGovern and his Oxford Connection: A Biographer's Perspective

Speaker: Dr Bryant Boutwell, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Thursday 6 November

This year's annual McGovern Lecture in the history of medicine will highlight the impact of Sir William Osler and Osler's American student, Wilburt Davison, who trained with Osler at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and became the founding dean of Duke University School of Medicine where a young Jack McGovern came to train in the early 1940s.

The Tyranny of the Normal Lecture 2

Speaker: Professor Nichola Rumsey, Co-Director of the Centre for Appearance Research (CAR), University of the West of England

Monday 3 February

This lecture summarised research evidence charting the extensive and damaging impacts of dissatisfaction with appearance on physical and psychological health and the negative consequences for children, young people and adults in key areas of living including social, educational and vocational functioning.

Is normality - or conformity to certain parameters of behaviour and appearance - a necessary condition of all advanced societies or a tyranny which constrains individual aspiration and social evolution?  Do conceptions of normality have any objective basis or are they merely social constructions, inexorably tied to the exercise of political and economic power?  These questions have troubled some of the influential minds of the last two centuries but are they still relevant today, as conceptions of normality are challenged by advances in genomics and new technologies of human enhancement?  Are we moving towards new regimes of normality or has the border between the normal and the pathological become blurred and irrelevant in an increasingly individualized and culturally reflexive global community?

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The Tyranny of the Normal Lecture 4

Speaker: Peter Keen, Director of Sport at Loughborough University

Monday 24 February

The traditional narrative of Olympic success emphasises hard work, discipline and sacrifice but above all the unique talents of medal winners.Does this stand up to scrutiny?

This lecture provided an insider's synopsis of the life journeys of successful athletes, exploring the nature of human performance and the apparent need for mastery and autonomy for humans to feel fulfilled.

The Tyranny of the Normal Lecture 1

Speaker: Adam Mars-Jones, novelist

Monday 27 January

Mainstream Hollywood cinema, the dominant medium of the twentieth century, represented the disabled more fully than most minorities, but what (or who) are these images really about?

This lecture traced a paradoxical cultural history with the help of half a dozen film clips, from directors as different as William Wyler, Robert Altman and John Carpenter.

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