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May

11

11:00

'Our Malleable Memories'

Dr. Gillian Murphy

  • 📅Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

If we remember something, is it true? In this talk we will discuss research on the malleability of memory; how we can distort memories of past events or even plant entirely false memories of events that never occurred. We will discuss the implications of this research for our day-to-day lives as well as exploring whether there are benefits to our malleable memory systems.

Dr Gillian Murphy is a lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. Her research investigates ways in which we can experience cognitive failures in day-to-day life, with a focus on attention and memory. Her research has been funded by the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy and the Health Research Board and she is a former Fulbright scholar.


May

18

11:00

'Jazz and the Art of Improvisation' by Dr. Linley Hamilton

Music Group Meeting ✽

  • 📅Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

Trumpeter Linley Hamilton has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish jazz scene for well over two decades.  An in-demand session musician, Hamilton has played on over a hundred recordings of various stripes, lending his burnished tone to rock and pop artists and singer-song writers alike. Listen to him play on Spotify for instance.

But it is as a jazz musician, educator and jazz radio broadcaster and not least as an utterly tireless advocate of the music that he is best known. He is a Doctor of Music and Lecturer in Music at Ulster University Magee where he specialises in Jazz, and also lectures in Music Business and Industrial Placement. He currently presents 'Jazz World with Linley Hamilton' on BBC Radio Ulster (see link below) and leads his own jazz quartet playing trumpet and flugelhorn. Hamilton's associations as a session musician include Van Morrison, Jacqui Dankworth and Paul Brady.

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mpjy4)

✽ Note: Music Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


May

18

15:00

Global Elections Update (John Bolton) & Israel, to be Continued (Denis Moriarty)

Current Affairs Group ✽

  • 📅Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • 🕥15:00 - 16:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

✽ Note: Current Affairs Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


May

25

11:00

'A glimpse of rural India'

Dr. Sara McMurry

  • 📅Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

Dr McMurry, a theoretical physicist, lectured in Trinity College, Dublin in both the Department of Applied Maths, and the Department of Physics, from 1968 until her retirement in 2007.

While in retirement and working on her book 'Maths as a Language', she was invited by the emeritus professor of Art History at TCD to join a tour of Northern India that she was organising. According to Dr McMurry, “It was a revelation - I fell in love with the country, but wanted to find out more, especially about life in rural areas. And so, after some research, I discovered that I could experience something of rural life by volunteering as a teacher in village schools, and returned in the next three years to three different places in northern India. After that the possibilities for teaching in rural areas dried up, but I did return as a volunteer with the Hope Foundation (based in Cork) who work with street and slum children in Kolkata”.

Illustrated with her photographs, Dr McMurry will talk about her volunteer work teaching in small rural schools in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Her book 'Re-Tyred', is based on her experiences, in which she paints a vivid and enticing picture of India as a country teeming with life and enormous vitality. Despite their poverty, she believes that “the energy and resilience of the village and street people there is inspiring".


Jun

08

11:00

'Jane Austen and her men'

Dr. Conor McCarthy

  • 📅Tuesday, June 8, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

Conor McCarthy teaches English at Maynooth University. His most recent book is 'Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel' (Bloomsbury 2020).

This talk will focus on male characters in some of Austen's novels - their personalities, types and functions. Austen wrote chiefly about clever women in a society run by men. Her male characters embody and dramatise important value systems and even political attitudes, as well as romantic and marital prospects. Austen's brilliance lay in her capacity to reconcile the romance form with multiple other ideas and histories.


Jun

22

11:00

'Evolution: It hasn't gone away you know'

Dr. David McConnell

  • 📅Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)


Jun

29

14:30

'Operation Last Chance'

Dr. Efraim Zuroff

  • 📅Tuesday, June 29, 2021
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟ZOOM meeting (map)

This meeting will be hosted by the Current Affairs Group*

Dr. Efraim Zuroff is Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center – Israel office and Eastern European Affairs Coordinator, SWC Nazi war crimes research worldwide.

Efraim, who is New York born, moved to Israel in 1970 and received his Doctorate from Hebrew University. He is a noted academic historian and author who took on the role of Investigator at the famed Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1986 and is now the Director of the Center's office in Jerusalem.

He will speak about his experience as a Nazi-Hunter and his continuing efforts to identify and bring to light those responsible for Holocaust crimes who are still living in the shadows, aka ‘Operation Last Chance’.

He has authored several publications; his latest, co-authored with a Lithuanian, Ruta Vanagaite, is ‘Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust’.

* Note: Current Affairs Group meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.