Talks & lectures

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Gallery Talk

The Common Guild hosts regular gallery talks from guest speakers, on topics related to current exhibitions.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free (ticketed) / 0141 428 3022

Prof Catherine Alexander from the University of Durham places the Gabriel Kuri exhibition in context.

Thu 29 May

Free / 0141 428 3022

Gary Christie of the Scottish Refugee Council gives a talk entitled 'Basic necessities: Destitution in the asylum system', to mark Rufugee Week Scotland.

Getting to the Heart of The Heart of Midlothian

Prof Dave Purdie discusses Walter Scott's The Heart of Midlothian, which depicts a tumultuous era of Scottish history. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 27 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Ghost and Psychic Walk

Chris Campbell-Brown (Historian) and Ian Griffiths (psychic) host this ghost walk that is not for the faint-hearted.

Market Place, Burton-upon-Trent

Sat 31 May

£10

  • 20:00 – 21:00

The Gifford Lecture Series

Lectures that look at the study of Natural Theology in broad terms, with the goal to advance modern theological thought. This year's theme is 'Givenness and Revelation'. Booking is essential.

University of Glasgow

Tue 20 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'The aporia of revelation: The epistemological interpretation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 21 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Understanding revelation: A phenomenological reappropriation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Tue 27 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Christ as saturated phenomenon: The Icon of the invisible'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Wed 28 May

Free / 0141 330 3593

Today's lecture: 'Trinity as a logic of manifestation'.

  • 17:30 – 19:30

Go Uchida

Japanese view on the people, life and scenery of Scotland.

Hannah Zakari, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 226 5433

  • 11:00 – 17:30
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The Guga Stone: Lies, Legends and Lunacies from St Kilda

Author and Guga Stone expert Donald S Murray and his creative partner, artist Douglas Robetson, talk about their collaboration and the impressive location of the St Kilda myth. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Thu 29 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

High Command in War

Chaired by historian Trevor Royle, Sir Hew Strachan aims to look beyond the accepted role of command during the First World War and portray the generals that could not cope or who had murderous intent.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 10 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Highland Archaeology Festival

A fortnight of investigations into Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails, insights into recent research, historical talks, a weekend conference for experts and enthusiasts and plenty of chances for visitors to get their hands dirty exploring what lies beneath…

Various venues

Sat 27 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Sun 28 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

Mon 29 Sep

Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 01463 702250

…and 13 more dates until 12 Oct

Highlights Tours at Glasgow Museums

Get a closer look at some of the best specimens Glasgow Museums has in its collections. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

Today: Highlights of the Transport and Technology Collection.

  • 14:30 – 15:30

How British Is Scotland? Lecture Series

A series of lectures, from different perspectives, that examine Scotland's political, cultural and social landscape in the lead-up to the 2014 referendum.

University of Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland? Archaeological Origins of Scotland' with Ewan Campbell and Stephen Driscoll.

Tue 20 May

Free

Today: 'How British Is Scotland: Celtic Perspectives on Multiculturalism' with Thomas Owen Clancy.

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How to Cultivate Colour in the Field of Painting

Dr Karin Leonhard of the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, talks still life painting and baroque colour theory in this open academic lecture.

12 University Gardens, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

Free

  • 17:00 – 18:30

How 'Venetian' Was Titian?

Tom Nichols of the University of Glasgow talks about the tensions between Titian's highly individual painting and the conservative social and cultural mores of the Venice of the time.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 13 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

How War Reporting has Changed: A Century On

A look at how times have changed when it comes to war reporting.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Iain Martin: Making It Happen

The author discusses the RBS disaster, as detailed in his book Making it Happen: Fred Goodwin and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy.

Waterstones West End, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£2 / 0131 226 2666

  • 18:00

International Festival of Playwriting and Performance

See some brand new writing and take part in dramaturgical workshops at this festival of playwriting.

St James Theatre, London SW1E

Wed 7 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Thu 8 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Fri 9 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00

Sat 10 May

Prices vary / 0844 264 2140

  • 10:00 – 21:00
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Jane Goodall: Reasons for Hope

Celebrated conservationist Dr Jane Goodall speaks about her experiences with the Gombe chimpanzees and her lifetime in conservation.

New College, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 314 0340

Just Say Naw! An Evening with George Galloway

George Galloway, MP for Bradford West and previous housemate in Celebrity Big Brother, puts forward his case for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 independence referendum.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Mon 19 May

£11 / 01224 641122

  • 19:30

Kirsty Bell: The Artist's House Discussion

A multimedia presentation based on ideas put forward in Bell's book The Artist's House: From Workplace to Artwork. Booking is essential.

Inverleith House, Edinburgh

Sat 10 May

Free / 0131 248 2971

  • 15:00

Laydeez Do Comics

A worldwide graphic novel forum led by women, open to all, with a focus on topics of the domestic and the everyday.

Pearce Institute, Glasgow

Mon 12 May

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 11 Aug

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Mon 10 Nov

£2 / 0141 445 6007

  • 18:30 – 21:00

Lindsey Davis: Historical Whodunnist!

Historical novelist Davis talks about her long writing career (with 20 novels under her belt), including her latest, Enemies at Home.

Central Library, Edinburgh

Thu 1 May

Free (ticketed) / 0131 242 8100

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Louise Bourgeois' Sunday Salons

Artist Julie Roberts talks about the salons of Louise Bourgeois and the influence they had on her own artistic practice.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Meet the Adventurers

Talks from intrepid types, who share tales of their travels, pursuits and conquests.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 25 Apr

Free / 0141 287 2660

Former Easdale Island resident Andy Brown talks about cycling three continents – Australia, Africa and South America – in less than a year.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Mike McGear McCartney

The performing artist, musician and rock photographer talks about his life and career, and probably big bro Paul.

Assembly Rooms, Tamworth

Fri 23 May

£16 / 01827 709618

  • 19:30

Dorchester Arts Centre

Fri 13 Jun

£16.50 / 01305 266926

  • 20:00

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Thu 15 May

£16 / 020 8688 9291

  • 20:00

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Objecting to War

Chaired by Sir Adam Roberts, Professor Martin Ceadel looks at those who opposed the war.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Tue 12 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Painting in Focus

Glasgow Museums curators talk about their favourite works.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9599

Today's painting is Sir James Guthrie's In the Orchard.

  • 14:00 – 14:15
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