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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 18th Jan 2010
Sara Wheeler is the author of numerous books on the subject of her Antarctic travels, travel biographies, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her international bestseller Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica prompted one reviewer to write 'I do not think there will ever be a better book on the Antarctic'. She has travelled across the 5000 mile stretch of the Russian Arctic, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Lapland, using her own journey around the magnetic north to illuminate the lives of people who live in this harsh region of the world.
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, and has held positions as Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India and Director of the Perrott-Warwick Project (2005-2010) researching unexplained human and animal abilities. One of his most prominent contributions to the field is the theory of morphic resonance, the idea that similar patterns of activity resonate with others over space and time, forming the basis of memory, meaning that laws of nature are less eternal than might be thought and, unlike human laws, can be understood as habitual.
Jack Klaff is an actor, director and academic. He has received numerous accolades for his long career on stage and screen, and in his academic capacity has held four Visting Professorships at Princeton University, and participated in seminars at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and Boston to name but a few. For three years he was Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Starlab, an international think tank that was based in Brussels (1996-2001); he is interested in the place and nature of science in the post-modern world.
Hannah Rothschild is a writer and film director. Her documentary features have appeared on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. Working Title and Ridley Scott optioned her original screenplays. Her features and interviews appear in newspapers and magazines including W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue. Her biography, The Baroness, tells the story of her great aunt Nica and Thelonious Monk and has recently been published by Virago Books. Her most recent book is a novel called The Improbability of Love published by Bloomsbury - it is a tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world.