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Pembroke College William Pitt Seminar: the future of the World in four objects

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The subject of the seminar is “The future of the world in four objects”, which we were inspired to use because of the marvellous series on Radio 4, “The History of the World in 100 objects” and because it takes forward the themes of previous years’ seminars. We are very pleased that Mr Mark Damazer, Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford and formerly Controller of Radio 4 (who commissioned the radio series), has agreed to chair the event. The speakers include:

  • Dr David Cleevely, a telecommunications entrepreneur and Founding Director, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge, on advances in communications
  • Professor Anthony Kelly, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, on composites
  • Professor Roger Pedersen, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), on stem cells

They will each choose an object as a “hook” for their presentation.

Earlier seminars have looked at climate change, narratives of risk, the survival of the human race and the geopolitical tensions generated by the hunger for natural resources and the differing economic and political paths to growth. We felt that the next seminar should try to draw together some of the leading technological and scientific developments and set them in a macro- and micro-political context. Hence the speakers will be a mix of experts in scientific and sociological disciplines.

The seminar will take the form of four relatively brief presentations from the speakers, after which there will be a lively question and answer session involving the audience. The audience is drawn from a broad range of alumni, the College’s ‘Corporate Partners’, government, media, academics and students. The seminar will run over the late afternoon in the Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, followed by a reception and dinner in Pembroke.

This talk is part of the Pembroke College Corporate Partnership Talks series.

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