PKP Plenary Lectures

An important part of the PKP programme is the series of plenary lectures held in the Cambridge Union Society Chamber.

This year students were welcomed to Cambridge by Professor Jonathan Steinberg, a patron of the Programme, who shared some delightful anecdotes about the University.

Later in the same week, Dr Rob Wallach spoke about Treasures of Cambridge: things to enjoy whilst you are here. Dr Wallach is a Fellow of King’s College. In the video clip below he speaks about the Corpus Clock, located between Pembroke and King’s, and explains the background of its inventor:

Sir Alan Ward then returned with his popular lecture To Die or Not to Die. Sir Ward has worked for many years as a judge and presided over the famous case of conjoined twins Grace and Rosie Attard. Here he explains the way in which he approaches such complex rulings:

What do Queen Victoria, David Cameron and Barack Obama have in common? They’ve all taken cannabis. So claimed Professor Valerie Curran in her lecture Cannabis: Pleasure, Madness, Medicine. In this video clip she asks what scientific research can offer to those making decisions about the legalisation of the drug:

Still to come as part of Module One is a lecture by Lord Macdonald QC entitled Secret Justice: can it ever be fair? He will be arguing that there needs to be enhanced public scrutiny of intelligence gathering.

This varied programme of plenary lectures allows all PKP students to hear world-class lecturers, to share ideas on a broad range of topics and to debate key issues in contemporary society.



You can find further clips from the lectures on the International Programmes YouTube channel.

The full list of 2014 guest lectures is as follows:

Professor John Steinberg, Why is Cambridge Unique? [Audio clip, SoundCloud, 2013]

Dr Rob Wallach, Treasures of Cambridge: things to enjoy whilst you are here  [Video clip]

Sir Alan Ward, To Die or Not to Die  [Video clip]

Professor Valerie Curran, Cannabis: Pleasure, Madness, Medicine  [Video clip]

Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, Secret Justice – Can it ever be fair? [Video clip]

Professor Andrew Blake, Artificial Intelligence: will it overwhelm us?  [Video clip]

Professor Eamon Duffy, Art, faith and religious war: the genius of Poussin [Video clip]


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