TITLE - The German General Election Outcome: What next for the European Union's largest member State?
Leader -

Tue, 26/10/2021

15:00 - 16:00  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Current Affairs Group ✽ ✽ Note: Current Affairs Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - The Earliest Writing in the World and an Irish Genius
Leader - Dr. Robert Barklie

Tue, 02/11/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Prehistory stopped and history began about 5200 years ago when writing was invented. This form of writing, called Cuneiform, was in use for about 3000 years. What are the main features of Cuneiform? Where did it start and who were the people who invented or later used it? How and when was it deciphered and who was the Irish genius who played a major role in achieving this? What has the decipherment revealed about what has been written? There were some big surprises! This talk will attempt to answer these questions. Robert Barklie is an Emeritus Fellow of TCD having retired after 34 years lecturing and researching in the Physics department at Trinity. He was awarded an Entrance Scholarship and, in 1966, a first class degree in physics at TCD before obtaining a PhD at Cambridge University in 1969. He then spent four years as a Lecturer in Physics at Makerere University in Uganda and a further year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow back at Cambridge before joining the staff of the Physics department at TCD in 1974. His interest in the topic of this talk was sparked by a wonderful Annual Chester Beatty lecture given a few years ago.


TITLE - Edo in Colour
Leader - Dr Diana Delia

Wed, 03/11/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

For our last meeting of the year, the Art Appreciation Group is very pleased to invite ALL members of U3A DLDK to a special talk on Wednesday, 3rd November at 11am, when we will join our Steering Group member, Dr Diana Delia, to talk about ‘Edo in Colour’ (Edo – an old name for Tokyo). Diana will explore the ways in which Japanese prints celebrated the unique attractions of Edo: popular Kabuki actors, the beautiful women and men of the brothel district, famous landmarks and scenic views.  These prints were collected not only by Edo residents -  they were marketed throughout Japan, moulding popular perceptions of Edo as the fulcrum of style and elegance and attracting visitors and prosperity to the city. Diana is a tour guide at the Chester Beatty Library where the exhibition, Edo in Colour, is currently ongoing. We look forward to sharing this occasion with all U3A DLDK members many of whom may wish to visit the Library. Image: J2596 Utagawa Kunisada, 'Visiting the Yoshiwara' (1936-38). Photo courtesy of the Chester Beatty Library.


TITLE - Afghanistan: Leave it alone or pick up the pieces?
Leader -

Tue, 23/11/2021

15:00 - 16:00  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Current Affairs Group ✽ ✽ Note: Current Affairs Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.



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