Desirability and domination: Greek sculpture and the modern male body - Audio
This lecture will discuss Greek sculptures and some of the ways in which their ideal representations of the male body have shaped the twentieth century strong man and the bodybuilder, particularly in terms of their display of power and sexuality. The talk will include the culture of the circus strongman, bodybuilding shows, physique magazines and the post-war craze for Italian sword-and-sandal films starring bodybuilders as ancient heroes.
5 Aug 2011
Science meets art: investigating pigments in art and archaeology - Audio
Professor Robin Clark has used pigment analysis to reveal the secrets of the Lindisfarne Gospels, Gutenberg Bibles, Greek icons, forged papyri and the '36th Vermeer painting'. In this lecture Professor Clark will explain and explore how the technique of Raman spectroscopy has helped in the restoration, conservation and dating of artwork along with the detection of forgeries. This lecture marks 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.
1 Aug 2011
30 years and still counting: slowing the spread of HIV in a complex world - Audio
Nearly 30 years on from the first description of AIDS, there are now over 33 million people estimated to be infected with HIV worldwide. Thanks to new drugs, people with HIV are now living longer and healthier lives. However, less than a third of people who could benefit currently get treatment, and for every 2 people put on treatment, 5 more are becoming infected. This lecture will look at the successes and failures of HIV prevention and explore the social, economic and technical challenges involved in slowing its future spread.
22 Jun 2011
A climate of fear: what the past tells us about human responses to climate change - Audio
Linking in with World Environment Day (5 June), archaeologist Joe Flatman will use a series of objects from the British Museum to explore what the past tells us about human responses to climate change. The barrage of conflicting information about climate change can seem insurmountable - a mass of data on a problem too big for any one person to understand or any one community to manage. Archaeology offers a key to unlocking this problem: ancient objects from around the world provide us with insights into how people in the past dealt with, perceived of, responded to and ultimately prospered in changing climates. Archaeology thus also provides analogies for how modern society can face the 'climate challenge' in the 21st century – and beyond.
21 Jun 2011
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