Roscoe Lecture Series - Liverpool John Moores University

Twenty-First Series 2018


John Bishop

Is Laughter the Best Medicine?

John Bishop

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.

Andrew Cayley CMG QC FRSA

Prosecuting Genocide: the crime of crimes

Andrew CayleyDirector 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.

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Lauren Child

What do you think about when you think of nothing?

Lauren ChildLauren Child, born and raised in Wiltshire, has achieved success and recognition as a writer and illustrator. The Children's Laureate delivers her Roscoe lecture ‘What do you think about when you think of nothing?’

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Carolyn Fairbairn

The business view on Labour's plans to renationalise the UK's railways and utilities

Caroline Fairnbairn - Roscoe lectureAs 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.

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Rt. Hon Dame Heather Carol Hallett DBE

Why Appeal

Lady Justice Hallett

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.

Christopher Le Brun PRA

The Artist as Public Figure - how artists contribute to decision making in art in the 21st century

Christopher Le Brun PRA - Roscoe LectureChristopher 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.

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Rt.Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons

The #MeToo wake-up call

Rt.Hon. Andrea Leadsom MP, Lord President of the Council & Leader of the House of CommonsAs 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.

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Rt. Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris

Politics and Education; an uneasy couple?

Baroness of Yardley Estelle Morris discussed the relationship between education and politics as the latest guest speaker in the LJMU Roscoe lecture series.

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Nicola Schindler

The Writer's Friend: A Roscoe Lecture 'In Conversation with Nicola Schindler'

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.

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Pamela Warhurst CBE

'Growing a new normal'

Pamela Warhurst CBE delivering her Roscoe LecturePamela 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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