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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 2nd Dec 2013
Jung Chang was born in Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) she worked as a peasant, a ‘barefoot’ doctor, a steelworker, and an electrician before becoming an English-language student at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 at the University of York - the first person from Communist China to receive a doctorate from a British university. Jung Chang is the author of the best-selling books Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (which the Asian Wall Street Journal called the most read book about China), and Mao: The Unknown Story (with Jon Halliday). Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 15 million copies, in addition to millions in pirated editions and computer downloads in mainland China where both books are banned. Jung Chang has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Buckingham, York and Warwick, the Open University, UK, and Bowdoin College, USA.
Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. There are several letters after his name: MA Oxon (he read English at Oxford); Ph.D (in reading and writing); and various honorary titles including D Lit (Doctor of Letters fro m the University of the West of England). He is a former Children’s Laureate and the bestselling author of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, which won the Smarties Best Bo ok of the Year Award, and many other books. He presents Word of Mouth on BBC Radio 4. This is the book he has always wanted to write.
David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, and Professor of Biostatistics, at the University of Cambridge. His background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. In his post he leads a small team (UnderstandingUncertainty.org) that attempts to improve the way in which the quantitative aspects of risk and uncertainty are discussed in society. He works closely with the Millennium Mathematics Project in Cambridge in trying to develop an exciting treatment of probability and risk for mathematics education. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication, and is a regular commentator on current risk issues. He presented the BBC4 documentary ‘Tails you Win: the Science of Chance', and in 2011 competed in Winter Wipeout on BBC1. He has over 190 refereed publications and is co-author of 6 textbooks. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Risk Management, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005 and awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to medical statistics. He is the co-author of The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers about Danger (2013).
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Cornelia Parker has became known for her installations and interventions, including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View where she suspended the fragments of a garden shed, blown up for her by the British Army, and The Maybe, a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton. In 2003 she wrapped Rodin’s Kiss with a mile of a string to make a new work The Distance (a kiss with string attached) for her contribution to the Tate Triennial. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Frith Street Gallery, Baltic, the Whitechapel Gallery Laboratory, Ikon Gallery, and the Museo De Arte de Lima. Her work was included in the 16th Sydney Biennale, the 8th Sharjah Biennial, and in the 4th Guangzhou Triennial in China. She has works in the Tate Collection, MoMa NY, Metropolitan Museum, NY and in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA. In 2010 she was awarded an OBE and elected to the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Thomasina Miers is a cook, food writer and television presenter, an entrepreneur and the co-founder and Executive Chef of Wahaca Restaurants - cooking fresh food inspired by the food markets of Mexico, using free-range meat, sustainable fish and recycling everything down to its food waste. She is the author of five books, including Wahaca. In addition to the day-to-day running of the restaurants, Tommi is a passionate supporter of slow, seasonal food, and local markets. She wholeheartedly and vocally supports the Fish Fight campaign and recently cooked insects in Oxford for the Grand Banquet of Rainforest Insects amidst the Ghost Forest trees with experts in the field of food security. Tommi and Tristram Stuart launched a new campaign, 'The Pig Idea', which aims to reverse the ban on feeding catering waste to pigs. As part of the campaign, the Feeding the 5000 team in partnership with Wahaca Mexican Restaurants reared 8 pigs in London's very own Stepney City Farm.