5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 19th Jan 2015
Germaine Greer is a world-renowned feminist, intellectual and orator. She is the author of a number of influential books including The Female Eunuch, Slip-Shod Sibyls and The Whole Woman. She was a special lecturer at Newnham College Cambridge and Professor of English and Comparative Studies at Warwick University. Her television appearances include The Late Review, Have I Got News for You, Angry Old Women and, controversially, Celebrity Big Brother.
Johann Hari is an internationally bestselling author. His first book, Chasing the Scream, was a New York Times bestseller and is being adapted into a Hollywood feature film. His second book, Lost Connections, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Le Monde and others, and he was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International. His TED Talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong’, and the animation based on it, have had more than twenty million views. His books have been translated into eighteen languages.
Theodore Zeldin is President of the Oxford Muse Foundation. After graduating from London University (Birkbeck College) at the age of 17, and then from Christ Church, Oxford (with Firsts from both), he helped to build up St Antony's College, Oxford as the university's postgraduate centre for international studies, and was its Dean for thirteen years. His books have focused on the role of the emotions in every aspect of life. His History of French Passions won Britain's top historical award, the Wolfson Prize, and was followed by the best-seller The French, dealing with contemporary society. His book on Happiness, his Intimate History of Humanity and his BBC lectures on Conversation marked the expansion of his research to all civilisations. His writings have been translated into 24 languages. He became a member of the BBC Brains Trust and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Anita Anand has been a radio and television journalist for almost twenty years. She is the presenter of Any Answers, the political phone-in programme on BBC Radio 4. During her career, she has also presented Drive, Doubletake and the Anita Anand Show on Radio 5 Live, and Saturday Live, The Westminster Hour, Beyond Westminster, Midweek and Woman's Hour on Radio 4. On BBC television she has presented The Daily Politics, The Sunday Politics and Newsnight. She has interviewed five Indian Prime Ministers, three from Pakistan, two from Great Britain and one from Bangladesh. She lives in west London. Her first book, , Sophia, published by Bloomsbury, tells the story of a princess, suffragette and revolutionary.
Alex Bellos, author of Alex's Adventures in Numberland, describes his quest to bring mathematics to the people by any means possible. In a wide-ranging talk which skips from Kilburn to India, via Arizona, Bellos reveals the mathematical principles that underpin the most unexpected aspects of modern-day life. He demonstrates how sports punditry is “basically a delusion” by recounting his meticulous daily experiments with bread-weighing, reveals the relationship between the work of Pythagoras and Puff Daddy’s identity crisis, and illustrates how a numerically-defined ‘golden ratio’ forms the basis for contemporary conceptions of beauty.