2008 Event Archive

3rd Tuesdays, 10.30 am U3A Hay lectures 2008

Jan-Science Fiction and Science-Martin Griffiths

Feb-Talk on Robert Schuman

March 18th Summerhill June Rees Islam, Faith and Politics
“More than any other religion, Islam embraces the believer’s whole life”.

April 15th Swan Hotel Professor Richard Rathbone Up Close and Personal: The troubled relationships between an oral historian of Africa and his informants.
Richard Rathbone is Honorary Professor of History at the University of Wales and Emeritus Professor in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His books include Ghana (1992), Murder and Politics in Colonial Ghana (1993) book, Nkrumah and the Chiefs (2000) and his most recent, A Very Short Introduction to African History (OUP, 2007) book.

An Extracurricular Gem

6-7.30pm FRIDAY April 18th Swan Hotel Duncan Fallowell Going as Far As I Can book
When travel-writer, novelist and journalist Duncan Fallowell was left some money he decided to travel as far as possible from home - to cure himself of the need to travel.
Going As Far As I Can is a state-of-the-world book in the form of a journey through New Zealand. ‘Duncan Fallowell’s long-awaited hedonistic masterpiece’ The Spectator - a Spectator Book of the Year.

May 20th Swan Hotel Adrian Harvey The Siege of Hereford
The eminent local historian who has researched in depth the English Civil War, recounts a fascinating local incident in turbulent times.

June 17th Swan Hotel Dr Geoff Jones Why Do We Only Go One Way in Time?
An experimental physicist in the development of laser physics and quantum mechanics and (retired) Sub-Dean, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Sussex Recent publications: The Birth of Modern Physics (Contemporary Physics Vol. 48, 2007), Physics, and The Nobel Prize in Physics (Encyclopaedia Britannica Book of the Year 2007).

July 15th Swan Hotel Sir Arnold Wesker This Need to Write Poetry
Reading from his new (and first) book of poetry, All Things Tire of Themselves book
Arnold Wesker is the author of 42 plays, from The Kitchen (1957) to Longitude (2002). The Wesker Trilogy (1958/60) book: Chicken Soup with Barley, Roots,and I'm Talking about Jerusalem, sold 400,000 copies.
He has also written four books of short stories; two of essays; one for young people; three non-fiction, and an autobiography. His work is continually performed world-wide and published in 18 languages.

September 16th Swan Hotel Ludmilla Skinner The Spooks on our Shoulders
Returning by popular demand. This lecture aims to give a modern Western audience a feel of the long shadow the Soviet State Security Service cast over ordinary lives, with particular emphasis on foreign relations, foreign trade and foreign travel.

October 21st Summerhill 10.30am AGM and 11.30 am Dr Karen Baistow What is Happiness?
Director of Mental Health Studies, King’s College, London until 2007, with degrees in psychology, medical anthropology and sociology, she now works as Consultant Psychologist and her teaching, research and writing focuses on mental health and child development.

November 18th Summerhill Richard Suggett Houses & History in the Marches of Wales- Radnorshire 1400-1800. book
Author of this impressive book, gives an illustrated talk on the regional traditions and stylistic differences of domestic building and the contrasting characters of the various Welsh landscapes that influenced the timing of the appearance of “permanent” houses.

(plus End-of-Year Luncheon & Groups Exhibition)