Roscoe Lecture Series

Eighteenth Series 


Roscoe Lecture Series

Eighteenth Series - 2015

During the 18th series we heard from a range of high-calibre speakers including celebrated children's author, Michael Morpurgo and human rights activist Rebecca Tinsley. Themes explored were as diverse as genocide and war, global poverty and children's literature.

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores University

Professor the Lord Peter Hennessy

Watching Prime Ministers

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.

You can read more about his lecture here

Professor Brian Schmidt

The Universe from Beginning to End

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.  

You can read more about his lecture here

The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby 

The Abolition of the Global - Learning to Live in the World in One City

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.

You can read more about his lecture here

Michael Morpurgo

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.  

You can read more about his lecture here

Rebecca Tinsley

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. 

You can read more about her lecture here

You can also download her Powerpoint presentation here

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

The Common Good

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.

You can read more about his lecture here

The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead

The importance of the Navy during World War 1

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityThe 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.

You can read more about his lecture here