Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores University

Fifteenth Series

2012

Roscoe Lecture Series

Fifteenth Series 2012

The Roscoe Lecture series was established to give some of the world's foremost thinkers a forum to debate the big issues of our time. In the 15th series we heard from speakers including a NASA astronaut, a climate change expert, the High Commissioner to the Maldives and high profile, prominent writers.

Find out more about the topics they covered below.

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores University

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP

The Case for an Independent Scotland

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityAlex 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.

You can download and listen to his lecture here

Professor David Hilmers

Four Times in Space: An Astronaut Returns to Earth to Grapple with its Challenges

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityProfessor 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.

You can download and listen to his lecture here

Dr Farah Faizal

The Struggles for Human Rights and Democracy in the Maldives

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityDr 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.

You can download and listen to her lecture here

Dr Bill McGuire

Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityDr 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.

You can download and listen to his lecture here

Frank Cottrell Boyce

What I Learned from the Olympics

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityFrank Cottrell Boyce, form 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.

You can download and listen to his lecture here

Claire Tomalin

In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Dickens

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityClaire 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.

You can download and listen to her lecture here

Will Hutton

The World We're in

Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores UniversityWill 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.

You can download and listen to his lecture here