THURSDAY Meetings and the COVID-19 Pandemic
We will be continuing with having our Thursday talks online, using Zoom video conferencing software, for the forseeable future. Dates and details of the talks for the remainder of the Autumn term are shown below and we are in the process of arranging further talks for the Winter term 2021 which will take us through to Easter.
The talks are run using Zoom video conferencing software - see our GROUPS page for more information on Zoom. Ealing U3A has now purchased a large user Zoom licence so we can accommodate 500 participants but, for those unable to access the talk 'live', we plan to record each talk and make the recording available to our members afterwards.
- Thur 3 December, 10.30am - the Secret Life of the English Language – Part 2 with Jean Brewster, a Linguistic Scientist who worked in a variety of institutions including the University of West London for 21 years as well as a number of overseas locations. Jean is also a member of Ealing U3A.
Following up on Jean's talk in November 2019 - which looked (amongst other things) at how new words in English are often created using Latin or Greek roots with a variety of affixes - this talk will build on that view by examining how English words have originated from societal factors such as social practices, new professions, progress in science and technology and new attitudes and mindsets.
Jean will examine the use of word play such as riddles, including a range of Anglo-Saxon examples. This is followed by looking at social practices, linguistic class war and modern lexical controversies regarding dictionaries for children. Moving on to examining scientific words and consideration of words of the year, decade and century, Jean will finish with words emerging from new mindsets, including the new ‘corona lexicon’.
- Thur 10 December, 10.30am - Ealing U3A 'virtual' Coffee Morning.
An opportunity for Ealing U3A members to talk to small groups of other members on a variety of topics - this session will have a Christmas theme, so bring a mince pie and your Christmas hat or jumper. These sessions are run using a feature of Zoom called ‘Breakout Rooms’ where we put meeting attendees into separate rooms with 6 – 8 people in each for a discussion.
- Thur 17 December, 10.30am - Frost, Freezes and Fairs with Ian Currie, weatherman, broadcaster, editor of Weather Eye magazine and a Fellow of the Royal Meterological Society. Ian gave an entertaining talk to Ealing U3A in November 2017 on Storms, Tempests and Hurricanes.
Ian's talk will cover the Frozen Thames and Harsh Winters in Britain (more details to follow).
When we are in a position to resume Thursday morning meetings at Ealing Green Church the Committee will advise members of the arrangements for these meetings. It is likely that we will not be able to accommodate a full attendance, so the Committee is investigating how to broadcast these talks via the Internet. Further information will be published on this page as the situation evolves.
Copies of the recordings of these talks are now starting to become available and are being loaded onto the Ealing U3A YouTube channel. In the list of past Zoom talks below, we indicate which ones are available. Members will be notified by email or in Ealing U3A News as new recordings are posted.
- Thur 26 November - The Holocaust and the work of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (This talk covered the work of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust which believes that we can all learn from genocide – for a better future. The HMDT says we must continue to learn from the past in order to create a safer present and a better future. That includes keeping the truth alive and challenging the kind of racism, hatred, and intolerance that energised Nazis to commit mass murder. When racism, discrimination, hatred and intolerance remain unchallenged, they become normalised, and can generate an environment in which genocide can take place) with Olivia Marks-Woldman MBE, Chief Executive of the HMDT.
- Thur 12 November - Popular forms of entertainment in Victorian times (This talk explored the ethnic diversity of those who performed in popular entertainment troupes including theatres, and one of the most romanticised parts of Victorian popular culture, the circus. The talk revealed stories of both male and female performers, from the drama of backstage life, to high wire walkers who enthralled audiences in little more than their underwear, and the dangerous life of animal tamers) with Caroline Bressey, Reader in Historical and Cultural Geography and lecturer at University College London.
- Thur 29 October - London: birthplace of many of biology’s greatest discoveries (this talk covered the five central themes of biology and how the foundations of some of these were laid down by scholars in or associated with London) with Mike Black, former Ealing U3A Chairman and Convenor of our Science group with over 40 years teaching and research in biology, mostly in London.
- Thur 15 October - Photographic Competition results + a talk on 'What it takes to get that shot' (A talk on various photographic techniques to help you to take better pictures, followed by the results of this years Ealing U3A Photographic Competition) with Michael Lurie, a photographer for the past 50 years and past Chairman of Pinner Camera Club. All the photos entered for the competition along with details of the winners, can be viewed from the EVENTS page.
- Thur 8 October - Shakespeare on Stage and Page (Shakespeare wrote for the theatre and took little apparent interest in getting his work printed. This talk discusses differences between stage and page, and illustrates these with examples from Shakespeare’s own theatre and more recent performances) with Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Oxford.
- Thur 24 September - Universal Basic Income and the Corona crisis (A universal [or unconditional] basic income is a regular cash income paid to all members of a society on an individual basis, without means test or work test. This proposal has become popular worldwide in the last four years and the corona crisis triggered yet another upsurge of interest in it) with Prof Philippe Van Parijs.
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster. In addition, for a document with some background info on Universal Basic Income and Philippe Van Parijs, click on the highlighted link.
- Thur 10 September - Talismans and Taboos at Sea (An exploration of the folklore of the sea and the many ways that mariners past and present have pitted themselves against the merciless elements, and coped with the terrors and uncertainties of being at sea)with Mark Lewis, freelance artist, designer-silversmith, semi-retired university lecturer.
- Thur 27 August - This England – where did it come from? (An exploration into the great upheavals in society and community that disrupted and formed the cultural influences in what was to become England and eventually Great Britain) with Rev Dr Nicholas Henderson.
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster.
- Thur 13 August - Florence Nightingale - the Visionary Planner (covering her nursing career and the impact she had on nursing education and hospital design) with Glynis Meredith-Windle
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster. Additionally, click on the link above to see a copy of the presentation which accompanied this talk - NB. this presentation is for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way
- Thur 30 July - A two hundred-year Antarctic adventure: a short history of humans in Antarctica (An exploration of some of the 200-year history since Antarctica was discovered and how the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust works to preserve that history and what the future might hold for this remote and inhospitable continent at the bottom of our world) with Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust.
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster. For further information on UKAHT activities including Membership and becoming a Friend of Antarctica, click on the highlighted link above.
- Thur 16 July - Women in Prison (focussing on the work of the Independent Monitoring Board of Bronzefield Women's Prison, the largest women's prison in Europe) with Dr Sandra Mooney.
A recording of this talk is now available on the Ealing U3A YouTube channel - for information on accessing this please contact the Webmaster
- Thur 2 July - John Singer Sargent (an American virtuoso portrait painter who settled in London and painted high society in the late 19th and early 20th century) with Colin Lomas, Ealing U3A member
[Click on the link above to see the handout which accompanied this talk - NB. these notes are for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]
- Thur 18 June - Why do we Punish? Young People, Crime and the Media (a brief history of punishment in Britain and on the way young people are treated within the Criminal Justice System) with Prof Lez Henry, School of Human and Social Sciences, University of West London
[Click on the link above to see a copy of the presentation for this talk - NB. this presentation is for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]
- Thur 4 June - My time in Uganda (describing a 2 year posting with VSO working with the local Red Cross) with Yvonne Hughes, Ealing U3A Member
- Thur 21 May - The Million Women Study (a health research study of over a million UK women which has been following women’s health since 1996) with Jane Green, Professor of Epidemiology, University of Oxford.
[Click on the link to see a copy of the presentation which accompanied this talk - NB. this presentation is for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]
- Thur 7 May - A Fresh look at the Glasgow Boys (a group of artists from the 1880’s and 1890’s who were interpreting and expanding Impressionist and post-impressionist painting)_ with Colin Lomas
[Click on the link to see the handout which accompanied this talk - NB. these notes are for Ealing U3A members personal use only, and should not be circulated further or re-used in any way]
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In normal circumstances our Meetings are held weekly, on Thursday mornings in Ealing Green Church (almost opposite Ealing Film Studios).
These Meetings usually start at 10:00am. They begin with announcements and any in-house business. This is followed by the speaker's presentation (from around 10:15am) during which there is a break of approx. 15mins. There is usually time for a Q&A session after the talk and the proceedings finish by 12:00 noon
The committee would like to pay thanks to our two Speaker Organisers, Rosemary Richardson and Yvonne Hughes for the talks they have organised for this year, and we have an excellent selection of speakers to look forward to. If you have any suggestions for talks or possible speakers, please speak to Rosemary or Yvonne at a Thursday meeting, or email the Talks Organiser.
The committee would also like to thank Marie Todman on the fine job she did in arranging the talks for 2019, which we are sure that people would agree were an interesting and stimulating selection.
Photos of our most recent speakers are displayed on this page. Photos of previous speakers are shown on the relevant sub-page