Roscoe Lecture series
Providing a platform for debate since 1997
The Roscoe Lecture series was launched in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest. Today, they are one of the UK’s largest public lecture series, regularly attracting audiences of over 800 people.
The Roscoe Lectures play an important part in the intellectual life of Merseyside, helping to foster informed debate, broaden horizons and perspectives, and uphold the crucial spirit of intellectual inquiry and free speech in which Roscoe passionately believed.
- 24 November 2023 - Malik Al Nasir: The truth that lies behind Roscoe
Since 1997, LJMU has delivered 120 lectures, featuring a wide range of speakers, including HRH Prince of Wales, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Presidents of Ireland and Ghana, and Sir Brian Leveson, previous Chancellor of LJMU.
We have hosted passionate and informed debate from statesmen, lawyers, religious and political leaders, astronomers, soldiers, poets, writers, scientists, musicians, journalists, doctors, scholars, survivors of crimes against humanity, campaigners, sports people and many others from diverse backgrounds.
While many of the Roscoe Lectures have explored the lighter side of life, such as the role of humour by comedian Ken Dodd, others have examined man’s inhumanity to man, with lectures by survivors of the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda.
Bringing these influential voices to the city of Liverpool helps to generate discussion and promote a sense of citizenship, a key vision of the Roscoe Lecture Series.
Two hundred years ago, Roscoe himself initiated the first public debates in Liverpool. The ‘father of Liverpool culture’, he passionately believed that education shaped attitudes and created opportunity. A flourishing lecture series named in his memory is the gift of the University to the city, embodying our role as a modern civic university forming tomorrow’s citizens.
The lectures are available to listen to online under 'Previous series'.
William Roscoe: the father of Liverpool culture
William Roscoe (1753-1831) was the son of a publican who indelibly transformed the cultural life of Liverpool. Described as ‘Liverpool’s greatest citizen’, he was a man of many talents: a champion of freedom for all, a poet, writer, scholar, patron of the arts, bibliophile and botanist. As MP for Liverpool, Roscoe showed great courage when he campaigned for the abolition of slavery. He also played a key role in ‘Renaissance Liverpool’ during the early 19th century.
Education was also close to his heart and in 1823, he played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Liverpool Mechanics’ School of Arts, the precursor of LJMU. Roscoe’s mission to extend the benefits of education to all remains at the heart of LJMU’s operations today and the University is proud to maintain links with its founding father through the Roscoe Lecture Series and our work with schools and colleges across the region.
Good Citizenship Awards
LJMU believes that schools should be leading the way in encouraging young people to become caring, compassionate and tolerant individuals who have a real sense of civic responsibility. Through our Foundation for Citizenship we present Good Citizenship Awards in nearly 1,000 schools across the North West. These awards recognise the often overlooked contributions that young people from different cultures and communities make to society today.
25th Series - 2023
Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool: 'Roscoe Reflections'
Professor the Lord David Alton returned to St George’s Hall with hundreds of guests from across Liverpool and the LJMU community.
The former MP, lecturer and human rights advocate founded the Roscoe Lecture Series at LJMU, in 1997. The Roscoe Lecture titled ‘Roscoe Reflections’ is part of LJMU Bicentenary celebrations and focused on the past 25 years and 169 lectures of the Roscoe series, to date.
Watch Lord Alton's 'Roscoe Reflections' lecture on YouTube.
'In Conversation With' Nisha Katona MBE
The second Roscoe event of 2023, forming part of LJMU's Bicentenary calendar of events, saw Sean Curran, Deputy Editor Parliamentary Programmes at BBC News, chatting with fellow LJMU Law alum Nisha Katona MBE, LJMU Chancellor, Chef, Entrepreneur and TV Presenter.
Watch Nisha Katona's lecture on YouTube.
A Universe for All
Professor Andy Newsam
Professor Newsam joined LJMU in 1998 and was instrumental in setting up the educational arm of the Liverpool Telescope, which later became the Schools' Observatory. As well as astronomical research and education he has given talks to many thousands of schoolchildren, amateur astronomers, and the public throughout the UK and beyond, as well as working with artists to explore new ways to bring the delights of astronomy to as many people as possible.
Watch Professor Andy Newsam's lecture on YouTube.
24th Series - 2021
Roscoe Hustings City Mayor 2021
29 April 2021
During one of the most unique periods in global history, Liverpool will elect a new City Mayor on 6th May 2021. Never before has the city had to deal with such unique and challenging circumstances. Against the existing challenges of a dynamic, vibrant and changing city, the new Mayor will also need to lead the city, its businesses and residents, out of a global pandemic. On Thursday 29th April, The Roscoe held a hustings, hosted by JMSU officers Lila Tamea and Tuba Shahzad, allowing candidates to debate their views and answer questions submitted by our viewers.
The Roscoe’s mission is to provide an open platform on topics of public interest, aligned with Liverpool John Moores University’s civic mission of transforming the lives and opportunities of students and communities in the Liverpool City Region.
Held in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales and the John Moores Student Union.
Sport at the Service of Humanity
Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE DL
LJMU's 2nd online Roscoe Lecture presented on Tuesday 9 March 2021.
In 2010, after 16 years in the education and third sector, Denise was appointed CEO of Everton in the Community and spearheaded the transformation of the Club’s official charity into an internationally acclaimed organisation.
Through her vision and expertise, the charity now delivers over 40 programmes, using the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach people, improving their life chances.
You can either listen or watch our latest Roscoe lecture:
23rd Series - 2020
Race Equality - The Reality
LJMU's first virtual Roscoe Lecture delivered on the 21 October 2020.
Gillian Joseph is the Sky News Award Winning Presenter who anchored the special global “Black Lives Matter“ debate on sky news on 16th June 2020. The programme on “Race and Revolution: Is Change Going to Come" she has previously worked for the BBC in various broadcasting roles including Radio Merseyside.
22nd series - 2019
Learning to Dance in the Rain
Paula Craig MBE
Paula joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986. A keen runner and triathlete, she completed the London marathon 6 years running and competed in three further London marathons after she was hit by a car and paralysed from the waist down. She delivered her lecture on 29 October 2019.
Listen to Paula's lecture on Soundcloud.
The business view on Labour's plans to renationalise the UK's railways and utilities
As a partner at McKinsey, Carolyn was a leader of the firm’s media practice. As BBC Director of Strategy, she led the BBC’s digital strategy and ran its transmission arm. Carolyn was also a member of the Executive board of ITV for four years.
Listen to Carolyn's lecture on Soundcloud.
Trial By Jury
The Hon. Sir Henry Globe
For almost five decades until his recent retirement from the High Court Bench, Sir Henry Globe practised as a trial advocate as a junior barrister and as a Queen’s Counsel, presided over trials in the crown court and heard appeals in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
Listen to Sir Henry's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Artist as Public Figure - how artists contribute to decision making in art in the 21st century
Christopher Le Brun PRA
Christopher Le Brun is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. He was elected President of the Royal Academy in December 2011. He is the 26th President since Sir Joshua Reynolds and the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878. He delivered his Roscoe Lecture on 27 February 2019.
Listen to Christopher Le Brun's lecture on Soundcloud.
Growing a new normal
Pamela Warhurst CBE
Pamela Warhurst CBE is a British community leader, activist and environment worker. She delivered her lecture on 24 June 2019 at St Georges Hall.
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21st series - 2018
Is Laughter the Best Medicine?
LJMU Fellow John Bishop is one of the UK’s biggest names in comedy. John presented ‘Is Laughter the Best Medicine?’ exploring the idea that laughter is good for us.
Prosecuting Genocide: the crime of crimes
Andrew Cayley CMG QC FRSA
Director of Service Prosecutions and former United Nations International Prosecutor Andrew Cayley CMG QC FRSA made a ‘call to arms’ as he addressed the audience as the latest guest speaker at the LJMU Roscoe lecture series.
Listen to Andrew Cayley's lecture on Soundcloud.
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What do you think about when you think of nothing?
Lauren Child, born and raised in Wiltshire, has achieved success and recognition as a writer and illustrator. The Children's Laureate delivers her Roscoe lecture.
Listen to Lauren's lecture on Soundcloud.
Rt. Hon Dame Heather Carol Hallett DBE
Rt. Hon Dame Heather Carol Hallett DBE, is a Court of Appeal Judge. Dame Heather Hallett delivered a thought-provoking lecture entitled ‘Why Appeal’ at St George’s Hall.
The #MeToo wake-up call
Rt.Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
As Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom represents Government in Parliament and Parliament in Government. She is the Cabinet minister responsible for overseeing the progress of Government legislation, as well as leading on and shaping the major projects of Parliament.
Following the #MeToo scandal she secured cross-party consensus to establish an Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme, and continues to push for further reforms so that everyone in Westminster can be treated with dignity and respect.
Listen to Andrea's lecture on Soundcloud.
Politics and Education; an uneasy couple?
Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris
Baroness of Yardley Estelle Morris discussed the relationship between education and politics as the latest guest speaker in the LJMU Roscoe lecture series.
Listen to Estelle's lecture.
The Writer's Friend: A Roscoe Lecture 'In Conversation with Nicola Schindler'
Manchester-born Nicola Shindler, an award-winning British television producer and executive, delivered an insightful and inspiring Roscoe Lecture ‘In Conversation’ at St George’s Hall.
Listen to Nicola's lecture.
20th series - 2017
Football - Past, Present and Future
Liverpool Football Club’s former CEO Ian Ayre delivered his Roscoe lecture on ‘Football - Past, Present and Future' drawing on his legacy and life at the world-leading club.
The Kirkdale-born, lifelong Liverpool fan covered a range of issues from the power of sports agents to the economic and cultural impact of football, to an audience at the city’s St George’s Hall.
Listen to Ian Ayre's lecture on Soundcloud.
Brexit, Industrial Strategy and the North
Sir Vince Cable
In his Roscoe Lecture Sir Vince Cable, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, warned that “Brexit must not be allowed to become an all-embracing obsession which gets in the way of a proper industrial strategy.”
Listen to Sir Vince's lecture on Soundcloud.
North Korea from the inside
Cycling to deliver his address from London to Liverpool entirely by push-bike, the three-time British Ambassador made his address to a packed St George’s Hall in Liverpool, covering a range of topics including the threats posed by the regime in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Listen to John Everard's lecture on Soundcloud.
The BBC in the 21st Century
Lord Hall of Birkenhead CB
Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall of Birkenhead CB, delivered his Roscoe Lecture, ‘The BBC in the 21st Century’ looking at the issues of identity in Britain and making the case for the future of British TV.
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How the First World War changed everything
Journalist, author and TV presenter Jeremy Paxman, delivered his Roscoe Lecture, using research, humour and political insight to explore ‘How the First World War changed everything’.
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The BBC and Local Radio - the People’s Voice?
Roger Phillips, LJMU Honorary Fellow and BBC Radio Merseyside broadcaster presented a lecture entitled The BBC and Local Radio - the People’s Voice?
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Re-connecting with people
Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA
Sir Malcolm Thornton FRSA delivered a Roscoe Lecture examining the gap between elected politicians, and other public office holders, and the public they are there to serve.
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Memories and Milestones
Professor Peter Toyne CBE DL
A unique Roscoe Lecture took place recently to mark the University’s 25th anniversary, with its first Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Toyne, CBE DL, being interviewed by Honorary Fellow and broadcaster Roger Phillips as part of the Roscoe Lecture Series.
Listen to Professor Peter Toyne's lecture on Soundcloud.
19th series - 2016
The Rt Hon John Bercow MP
The Speakership, Parliament and reform were the main subjects of the insightful lecture delivered by the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons, at the Philharmonic Hall.
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What Kind of Country do I want Britain to be?
Andy Burnham MP
The Shadow Home Secretary used his speech on the EU referendum to ‘take on the Leave campaign on their own ground’ and make the patriotic case for Britain’s continued membership.
Listen to Andy Burnham's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Spectre of Monetarism
Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, delivered the final Roscoe Lecture of 2016 at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool to an audience of over 1,000 people. During his lecture Mr Carney made a startling appraisal of how globalisation is failing great swathes of society.
Listen to Mark's lecture on Soundcloud.
A Life of action: Eleanor Rathbone (1872-1946), Liverpool's unsung heroine
Dr Susan Cohen
Dr Susan Cohen's Roscoe Lecture gave an insight into the achievements of an extraordinary Liverpool citizen who, born into a life of wealth and privilege, used her influence and position in society to campaign for social justice and dedicated her entire life to the service of others.
Listen to Susan's lecture on Soundcloud.
Transforming Lives, Harnessing Talent - Africa's Great Future
International visionary PJ Cole, delivered his Roscoe Lecture using his platform to set out the role the African continent will play in driving global prosperity, as well as reflect on his life and work in Sierra Leone.
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Are we alone?
Professor Monica Grady CBE
Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University (OU) delivered a fascinating lecture on the cosmos and the universe at St Georges Hall.
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Leading a Force for Good, through Stormy Waters - A Reflection on a 40 year Career in Policing (With Time off for Good Behaviour)
Sir Jon Murphy QPM
In 1975, Sir Jon Murphy QPM joined the police force as a cadet. Last night, on the eve of his retirement as Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Sir Jon Murphy delivered the 141st Roscoe Lecture, recounting his four-decade-long policing career.
Listen to Sir Jon's lecture on Soundcloud.
Making Money do Good Things
John Studzinski CBE
Vice-Chairman and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, one of the world’s leading investment firms, John Studzinski, gave an inspirational lecture detailing how business and charity can mix, at the Philharmonic Hall.
Listen to John Studzinski's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and its Aftermath
Dr Andrew Zsigmond
Honorary Hungarian Consul Dr Andrew Zsigmond, was a third year medical student in Hungary when the popular uprising started on 23 October 1956. During his Roscoe Lecture, Dr Zsigmond demonstrated his laudable approach to life – where challenges are to be overcome, no matter how dangerous, and opportunities embraced, however serendipitous they might be.
Listen to Dr Andrew Zsigmond's lecture on Soundcloud.
18th series - 2015
Watching Prime Ministers
Professor the Lord Peter Hennessy
Former Whitehall correspondent, author and historian, Lord Peter Hennessy, talked of his experiences with former Prime Ministers during one of LJMU’s popular Roscoe Lectures.
The Common Good
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
The Most Reverend Malcolm Patrick McMahon OP invited guests at the 134th Roscoe Lecture to hear about the meaning behind the ‘Common Good’ and Catholic Social Teaching.
Listen to Malcolm's lecture on Soundcloud.
War Boy to War Horse
Internationally celebrated writer of outstanding children’s fiction, Michael Morpurgo OBE’s recent Roscoe Lecture saw a full house at the Philharmonic hear about the author’s life and writing experiences
Listen to Michael's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Universe from Beginning to End
Professor Brian Schmidt
During his lecture Professor Schmidt took the audience on a tour of the Universe using the speed of light as a tour guide and explained why other galaxies are moving away from us.
Listen to Professor Brian Schmidt's lecture on Soundcloud.
The importance of the Navy during World War 1
The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead
The idea has developed that WW1 was fought and won principally on land, said Admiral West, but he assured the 1000-plus audience that without the Royal Navy, Britain would have lost the First World War.
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Monsters and Angels: Is Genocide Part of Human Nature
Journalist and human rights activist, Rebecca Tinsley, delivered a thought-provoking Roscoe Lecture which delved into the human psyche, asking if genocide is part of our nature.
Listen to Rebecca's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Abolition of the Global - Learning to Live in the World in One City
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
The Archbishop talked about the need to end extreme global poverty and deal with climate change to help the worst off, commenting that this could bring different groups closer.
Listen to Justin's lecture on Soundcloud.
17th series - 2014
The role of the United Nations in a world riven by conflict, poverty and hunger
Baroness Valerie Amos
Valerie Amos is a long-time campaigner and advocate on human rights, social justice and equality issues. She is a former Secretary of State for International Development in the British Commonwealth and was also President of the privy Council and Leader of the House of Lords. She was also previously the British High Commissioner to Australia.
Listen to Valerie's lecture on Soundcloud.
Regeneration and Renewal: A Strategy for Urban Britain
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP
As Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Clark's responsibilities include cities policy, local growth and political and constitutional reform. During his lecture he called on Liverpool and England's other great northern cities to reclaim their place at the heart of the British economy.
Henry Ford once said 'An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous'. How does that apply in the 21st century?
LJMU Honorary Fellow John Fleming is Ford Motor Company Vice-President (Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs). He is responsible for new product introductions and managing expansion and labour negotiations in key markets around the world.
Listen to John Fleming's lecture on Soundcloud.
Meet the Ambassador
His Excellency Diego Gomez Pickering
Mexico is now showing that it is possible for political parties from across the political spectrum to work together to transform their country and the prospects of current and future generations, says the Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Diego Gómez Pickering.
Listen to Diego's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Role of the Information Commissioner
Christopher Graham became UK Information Commissioner in June 2009, with responsibility for overseeing the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection Act regimes.
Listen to Christopher Graham's lecture on Soundcloud.
Talking Mental Health
Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins
Sheila Hollins has been President of both the Royal College and Psychiatrists and the British Medical Association, and was appointed an independent member of the House of Lords in 2010 where she speaks on mental health and disability issues.
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The Case Against Scottish Independence
Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP
Charles Kennedy, a former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was the Member of Parliament for Ross, Skye and Lochabar at the time of giving his lecture.
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Searching for Justice in an Unjust World
Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Helena Kennedy QC is one of the UK's most distinguished lawyers. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to domestic violence and developed the defense of Battered Women's syndrome in the British courts.
In Conversation with Classic FM's Darren Henley
Vasily Petrenko is a Russian conductor who has been Principle Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. Petrenko entertained the audience with stories of his childhood and the importance of music and education in his upbringing.
Two Stories of Heroism - Chavasse and the Liverpool Pals
Bill Sergeant and Tony Wainwright
Since retiring Bill has been heavily involved in developing memorials to Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar MC and most recently the Liverpool Pals memorial in Lime Street Station. Tony is Secretary of the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund.
Listen to Bill and Tony's lecture on Soundcloud.
16th series - 2013
Mayors and their Cities: The challenges and opportunities
Joe Anderson OBE
Joe Anderson is a Labour Party politician and the first directly elected mayor of Liverpool. Anderson talked about Liverpool as a city "hungry for success" and how the profile and reputation of the city has changed.
The Necessity of Poverty
John Bird MBE
John Bird founded The Big Issue magazine that is aimed at helping the homeless by providing a means for them to work. in 1995, his work for the homeless was recognised when he received an MBE.
Listen to John Bird's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Mersey Sound
Professor Paul Farley
Paul Farley is a Professor of Creative Writing at Lancaster University and a published poet. His most recent book, The Dark Film, was a Poetry Book Choice and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2012.
Listen to Professor Paul Farley's lecture on Soundcloud.
Overcoming Disability and Adversity
Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE of Eaglescliffe
Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni now plays an active role in the administration of sport. She is Vice-President of the Women's Sports Foundation and a member of the Board of the London Marathon.
Listen to Baroness Grey-Thompson's lecture on Soundcloud.
1914: Why Remembering the Great War matters
Diane Lees is the current and first female Director of the Imperial War Museum (IWM). She has held this position since October 2008 and is leading the Museums' international programme and cultural festival for the First World War Centenary.
Listen to Dianne's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Challenges Facing the Congo Today and the Historic Role of Liverpool and E D Morel
Vava Tampa, a native of the Congo, is founder and CEO of Save the Congo, a non-political and not-for-profit campaigning agency working to ends the wars in Congo and Africa.
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15th series - 2012
What I Learned from the Olympics
Frank Cottrell Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce, from Rainhill, Merseyside, is a novelist and screenwriter. He helped to write for the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony and has earned awards such as the 2012 Guardian Prize for The Unforgotten Coat.
Listen to Frank's lecture on Soundcloud.
The Struggles for Human Rights and Democracy in the Maldives
Dr Farah Faizal
Dr Farah Faizal was the former UK High Commissioner to the Maldives having been appointed to the role in 2009. She resigned in 2012 in protest to the overthrow of democratic government in the country. Dr Faizal is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University.
Listen to Farah's lecture on Soundcloud.
Four Times in Space: An Astronaut Returns to Earth to Grapple with its Challenges
Professor David Hilmers
Professor David Hilmers MD, was a NASA astronaut, spending 493 hours orbiting the Earth and witnessing the effects of climate change from this vantage point. He has also served in the United States Marine Corps and as a pilot for the US Navy.
Listen to David's lecture on Soundcloud.
The World We're in
Will Hutton is a writer and journalist and a weekly columnist for both the Guardian and The Observer. He was the Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. He has also written several books on economics such as: The Writing on the Wall, The World We're In and The State to Come.
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Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes
Dr Bill McGuire
Dr Bill McGuire is regarded as an expert in his field of geological disasters. He is Emeritus Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London and has made many media appearances to discuss his field of study.
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The Case for an Independent Scotland
Rt Hon Alex Salmond P
Alex Salmond served as a Member of Parliament for Banff and Buchan from 1987 to 2010. He was elected in 1999 as MSP for the same constituency within the Scottish Parliament. He was re-elected Scottish National Party Leader in 2005 and became First Minister of Scotland on 16 May 2007.
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In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens
Claire Tomalin is an author, a biographer and journalist. She won the Whitbread Book Award in 2002 for Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award for her Biography of Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens: A Life.
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14th series - 2011
Past Imperfect Future Fantastic
Johnny Ball is a British television personality who helped to popularise mathematics.
"Everything we are doing is getting better and improving. The speed of new technology is fabulous."
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What are Modern Universities Really For?
Professor Michael Brown CBE DL
Professor Michael Brown served as the second Vice-Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University from 2001 to 2011. He is a physicist and played a major role in the growth of Liverpool John Moores University. He launched the World of Work initiative and is Chairman of the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres Trust.
The Balance Between Human Rights and Security
Shami Chakrabrti became the Director of the British civil liberties advocacy organisation: Liberty in 2003. She is also Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
"Human rights and security are completely interconnected. Why? Well firstly because security has got to be a fundamental human right."
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To Commemorate the Centenary of the Death of Robert Tressell
Jon Cruddas MP
John Cruddas became a Labour Member of Parliament in 2001. In 2012, he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet and is credited with coining the phrase'Blue Labour' to describe his political ideas.
Fixing Britain the Business of Reshaping our Nation
Lord Digby Jones
Lord Digby Jones is a businessman and politician and Director General of the CBI. He served as Minister of State for Trade and Investment from 2007 to 2008, later working as a business ambassador for UK Trade & Investment.
"Anyone with a foreign language under the belt, whether at GCSE, A level or as a graduate, will have an immediate advantage in the job market because they can deliver their company an edge in the world market."
Cancer, Compassion and Care
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
Baroness Ilora Finlay is a doctor and Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University. She was President and the Royal Society for Medicine and also a consultant of the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. Baroness Finaly is an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords.
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Leadership, Philanthropy and Business
Philip Green CBE
Philip Green was appointed the Chief Executive of United Utilities in 2006 and his tenure lasted until 2011. He restructured the company's management, improving the organisation and performance of the business. He has also been involved in several other companies such as Reuters Group and Sentebale, a charity set up by HRH Prince Harry to help disadvantaged young people in Lesotho.
13th series - 2010
The Legacy of Dr Duncan: The first MOH
Sir Liam Donaldson
Sir Liam Donaldson is a doctor and former Chief Medical Officer for England, a role he was appointed to in 1998. He was advisor to the UK government on health matters and one of the most senior officials in the NHS.
"My bottom line is that I would go to the wall for the public because that is who I am there to serve..."
TV Brains v Cyberbrains: Which Generation Thinks Best Outside the Box
Professor The Baroness Greenfield
Baroness Greenfield is Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. She has helped to popularise science by writing and appearing on radio and television.
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Policing in the Future
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police and is currently Metropolitan Police Commissioner for London.
"The results we achieved on Merseyside were not down to me or any other one person. They were down to everyone - my staff and the public - all working together and only then because we had the local support backing us."
Criminal Justice in the 21st Century
Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson
Sir Brian Leveson was a Judge practising on the Northern circuit with chambers in Liverpool. He worked in many areas such as common law, crime, personal injury and commercial work. In 2013 he was installed as the Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
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The Changing Face of Africa
Lord Malloch-Brown is a former Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. As a part of this role for the British Government he led responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations. He has worked for the United Nations as Administrator for their Development Programme and was Deputy Secretary-General from April 2006 to December 2006.
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The Territorial Army and the Volunteer Ethos
The Duke of Westminster
Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster served in the military after leaving school and commanded the Northern Irish Horse and the Cheshire Yeomanry. He owns the property company Grosvenor Group which has played a leading role in the regeneration of Liverpool. He has devoted his life to the Territorial Army.
"I have been serving for nearly half of the entire life of the Territorial Army – and if there is anybody who knows how it ticks, it has got to be me."
12th series - 2009
Gladstone: Son of Liverpool, Scourge of Tyrants
Professor Lord Alton of Liverpool
Professor the Lord David Alton entered politics after working for seven years as a teacher. While he was a student he was elected to Liverpool City Council as a Liberal in 1972. He later served as a Member of Parliament and went on to serve in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher.
In 1997 he was appointed Professor of Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University, establishing the Foundation for Citizenship and The Roscoe Lecture Series. In Parliament he has been a consistent Champion of Human Rights.
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Hitler and Stalin: The 20th Century's Cruellest Tyrants
Anne Applebaum is an American journalist and author, writing extensively on Communist Europe winning a Pulitzer Prize for Gulag: A History in 2004 and in 2012 a National Book Award for Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe. She has also been an Editor of The Economist.
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Challenge for the New Model Army
General Sir Mike Jackson CBE
General Sir Mike Jackson is former Head of the British Army. He performed three tours of duty in Northern Ireland and was later assigned a staff post at the Ministry of Defence in 1982. In 1994 he served a tour in the Balkans and later became Commander of NATO's Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. In 2006 he retired from the military and went on to speak about military matters.
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International Criminal Law as an Innovative Instrument to Prosecute and Prevent genocide: The Role of the International Criminal Court
Luis Moreno-Ocampo is an Argentine lawyer and the first Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. He became well known for combating corruption and human rights abuses in his native country.
"I would say my responsibility was to build an institution. As you see it was a great idea, it was transforming Nuremberg into a general court, and was an idea on paper."
Tyranny and Terrorism: How it was Defeated in Northern Ireland
Colin Parry founded the Warrington Peace Centre after the Warrington bombing by the IRA claimed the life of his son Tim Parry aged 12 and another child, Jonathan Ball aged three. He received an OBE for his active role in helping the Northern Ireland Peace Process.
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Music and Citizenship
Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE
Richard Stilgoe is a songwriter and musician. He has written lyrics for musicals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera on which he collaborated with Charles Hart. He has also helped found charities such as the Orpheus Trust, providing performing arts experiences to people with disabilities.
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11th series - 2007/08
Liverpool: City of Sculpture
Stephen Broadbent is a well-known British sculptor specialising in public artworks. He was educated at the Liverpool Bluecoat School. His largest work is Encounter, located alongside the M62 motorway near Warrington. Stephen was also commissioned to produce the Tree of Life sculptures for the Foundation for Citizenship's Good Citizenship Award.
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Vision: An Everyday Happening
George Davies is one of Britain's most successful entrepreneurs. He built Next into a high street staple in the 1980's and in the 1990's developed the George range for ASDA. In 2001 he launched the extremely successful Per Una range for Marks and Spencer.
Liverpool: City of Arts and Culture
Loyd Grossman OBE
Loyd Grossman is most well known for being a television presenter. He is widely involved with museums in Britain, being the Chairman of national Museums Liverpool, the Churches Conservation Trust and Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. In 2000 he was appointed the head of the drive to improve the quality of NHS food.
Lord Heseltine Of Thenford
Lord Heseltine is a British businessman, Conservative politician and patron of the Tory Reform Group. He was a prominent figure in the Governments of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major.
Holocaust Memorial - Survivors: Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity - Nazi Germany, Rwanda, Burma
Trude Levi, Philomene Uwamaliya, Pascal Khoo Thwe
The three speakers at the Holocaust Memorial Day Lecture all survived persecution. Trude Levi survived Nazi persecution in Hungary during the Second World War. Philomene Uwamaliya survived the Rwandan genocide. Pascal Khoo Thwe survived military dictatorship in Burma.
Liverpool: City of Literature
Dr Brian Jacques
Dr Brian Jacques was a writer and broadcaster with BBC Radio Merseyside, and well-known author for his Redwall book series. In 2008 he was awarded an Honourary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to children's literature.
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In Conversation With...
Roger McGough CBE
Roger McGough is a performance poet and has presented the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please. He was part of a trio of poets that published the popular anthology The Mersey Sound, alongside Brian Patten and Adrian Henri. He is an Honourary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.
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The Challenges Facing Western Democracies in the 21st Century
Senator George Mitchell
George Mitchell is an American politician, businessman and former United States Senator for Maine. He has also been a leading figure in peace negotiations for both Northern Ireland and the Middle East.
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Liverpool: City of Friendship, Fellowship, Faith, Family and Football
Peter Moloney is a graduate of the Universities of Liverpool, London and Lancaster as well as the London College of Music and the College Preceptors. For 20 years, he lectured in Communication Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic, doubling up as a public orator and preaching what he practised as a journalist, broadcaster and speaker, winning the prestigious Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year award.
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Liverpool: City that Looks Beyond Itself
Professor Lord Rees Of Ludlow
Professor the Lord Martin Rees, OM, KT, FRS, is a cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal from 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2012. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010 and has written many popular scientific books on science.
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Does Liverpool Deserve to be Capital of Culture
Joe Riley is the Liverpool Echo's Arts Editor, with a career lasting several decades. Joe has had a fantastic overview of many momentous cultural moments in Liverpool, such as the opening of Tate Liverpool.
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My Father's Role in Pioneering the Civil Rights Agenda in the US
Paul Robeson Jnr
Paul Robeson Jnr lived in Moscow for a time while growing up and upon returning to the Untied States attended both Rutgers and Cornell Universities. After graduating he became well known for his radical political views. He was an author, activist and historian.
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Liverpool: Where Religious Faith is Part of the Solution not the Problem
Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu
Rt Revd Dr John Sentamu, after studying law, became a Judge in the Ugandan High Court. In 1974 his criticism of the Amin regime due to its human rights violations led to his arrest and subsequent departure to the UK. After arriving in the UK he studied theology at Cambridge University and later became the Archbishop of York. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the YMCA.
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Liverpool: City of Media
Peter Sissons is a broadcast journalist. He presented both the BBC Nine O'Clock News and BBC News at Ten between 1993 and 2003. He has also presented BBC's Question Time programme. He retired from the BBC in 2009.
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Liverpool: City of Music
Professor Ian Tracey
Professor Ian Tracey is one of Britain's best known and respected musicians. He is the Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral and Choirmaster of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.
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Liverpool: City of Sport
Clive Tyldesley became the main football commentator for ITV in 1998. He has also worked for Liverpool's Radio City. Prior to working for ITV he had been a commentator for the BBC's Premier League highlights show: Match of the Day.
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10th series 2006/07
George Alagiah OBE
George Alagiah was a patron of the Fair Trade Foundation from 2002 to 2009. He is well known as a BBC news presenter, winning numerous journalistic awards, including a BAFTA, as part of a team that covered the Kosovo conflict.
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Our Place in the Universe
Professor John Barrow
Professor John Barrow is a cosmologist, theoretical physicist and mathematician. He is also Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He combined this work with writing popular science and plays. In 2006 he won the Templeton Prize for his writings about the link between life and the universe.
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Is Mankind's Future in Space?
Professor Mike Bode
Professor Mike Bode is the former Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University. He has also served as Vice-President and Secretary of the Royal Astronomical Society and, in 2012 was elected as a Council Member to the European Astronomical Society.
"It's hard not to see the heavens as a kind of ceiling above the earth, but the Universe isn't 'just out there' - it's part of us and we are part of it."
Human Rights and the Protection of the Citizen
Cherie Booth CBE, QC
Cherie Booth CBE QC is a Barrister practising in England and Wales. She married Tony Blair who went on to become the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Cherie is also a philanthropist and patron of Breast Cancer Care. She served as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and is now Chancellor Emeritus, and is a Patron of Jospice.
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Liverpool: A Portrait from Life
Very Revd Nicholas Frayling
The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling was Rector of Liverpool Parish Church and was also Canon Precentor of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. He is noted for his work on reconciliation between both faith communities and nations.
"Work I have done in relation to Britain and Northern Ireland has led me to understand the need for us all to learn the lessons of history."
How Law Holds Together a Civil Society
Lord Goldsmith is a Barrister and former Attorney General for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Following his resignation in June 2007, having been the longest serving Labour Attorney General, he became head of European litigation policy for the American law firm Debevoise & Plimpton.
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History of the Slave Trade
Adam Hothschild became known for his works such as Bury the Chains and To End All Wars. He is an author, journalist and lecturer working for the University of California, Berkley.
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Human Rights and the Citizen
President Kufuor Of Ghana
John Kufuor read for the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, he studied law at Exeter Collage, Oxford and was the second President of the fourth Republic of Ghana from 2001 to 2009. He was Chairman of the African Union from 2007 to 2008.
"As citizens of one world it is unsurprising that today many nations subscribe to international human rights instruments such as the convention of elimination of all forms of racial discrimination; convention against all forms of discrimination against women; convention on the rights of the child..."
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Understanding the Lessons of the Killing of Anthony Walker
Trevor Phillips OBE
Trevor Phillips is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He has also been Head of the Commission for Racial Equality. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a broader remit, aimed at combating discrimination across a range of areas. Phillips was also a member to the London Assembly.
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The Protection Society Needs to Provide to Prevent Vulnerable Children from Exploitation and Abuse
Esther Rantzen CBE
Esther Rantzen is a well-known journalist and television presenter. She has worked for various charitable causes and founded the charity ChildLine.
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Citizenship, Globalisation, Free Trade and Fair Trade: The Role of Multinationals
Peter Sutherland KCMG, is an international businessman and the former Attorney General of Ireland. He is a non-executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs and previously a non-executive Chairman of BP. He has served in several business and political roles.
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Our Duties as Guardians and Stewards
Charles, Prince of Wales
HRH The Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to Queen Elizabeth II. He founded the Prince's Trust in 1976 and is patron to many charitable and arts organisations. The Prince of Wales has committed himself to numerous humanitarian and social causes.
"In company with others engaged in that struggle against slavery, both here and abroad, Roscoe was considered a fool by many to challenge the received wisdom of his day."
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Series 1 - 9
The Roscoe Lecture series was founded in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest.
Browse through the Liverpool John Moores University Roscoe Lecture Series Book to read more about the talks that were hosted as part of the first 9 years of this prestigious lecture series: