Putting AI, fairness, law and order into smart cities

Monday 12 November 2018
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Artificial intelligence (AI). It is hard to find a media source not promoting this Next Big Thing in technology. But where does the hype stop, and the insight start? One ‘don’t miss’ event will be ‘ Transforming Cities with AI: Law, Policy, and Ethics ’ – the Information Law and Policy Centre’s (ILPC) Annual Conference at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London next week (23 November).

Medieval specialist Catherine Clarke to lead new IHR research centre

Friday 9 November 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Catherine Clarke (left), Professor of English at the University of Southampton, has been named Chair in the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ). She takes up her new role in February 2019.

Human rights US activist gets honorary doctorate from School of Advanced Study

Tuesday 6 November 2018
Human Rights Consortium
Gay J McDougall (left), a leading international human rights activist, scholar and lawyer is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony. Currently vice-chair and member of the UN treaty body that oversees compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fordham University School of Law in New York, she will receive a Doctor of Laws honoris causa at Senate House on 7 December.  

University of London appoints new vice-chancellor

Monday 29 October 2018
The University of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Wendy Thomson CBE (left) as its next vice-chancellor with effect from July 2019. Wendy holds a tenured professorship in social policy at McGill University and sits on the boards of the University of the Arts, the University of East Anglia as well as Diabetes UK.

Lost score by suffrage composer to be performed for first time in nearly 100 years  

Thursday 25 October 2018
Institute of Historical Research
The missing score of a string quartet by the suffrage composer Dorothy Howell (1898–1982) dubbed ‘the English Strauss’ – last performed at the Wigmore Hall in 1920, and thought lost for nearly 100 years – has recently been discovered and will be played at a special concert on 1 November.

Human by design – formulas for Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
There are those who think that Mary Shelley’s  Frankenstein  blockbuster is merely a horror tale. But it’s also a cutting-edge science fiction parable, even today, (see ‘Your DNA, Your History?’  below ) foreseeing the ethical issues that science encounters in fields like DNA and genetics.  

Pixel perfections – the digital realities of Being Human 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Does technology help us to be human? With the intensive coverage of all things digital in the media and on social media, we could be forgiven for forgetting a basic tenet of education – that technology is just a tool. However, it seems that our digital tools are quickly outstripping the ability of most of us to exploit them fully. 

Gender ender? The politics of Being Human  

Thursday 25 October 2018
Are we getting carried away with celebrating sexual equality when the reality is that many women are still not paid the same as men in identical jobs?   You can find out for yourself as gender politics and related topics are covered in depth in the ‘Politics and Protest’ strand of this year’s Being Human festival (17–24 November). Like ‘End of Gender’ ( see below ) which uses mixed-reality headsets to explore the blurring of gender roles. 

Creativity, culture, community – what Being Human is all about 

Thursday 25 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Wherever there are humans there is culture. And whether you gravitate to London’s South Bank or Strictly Come Dancing, there’s culture for everyone at this year’s Being Human festival with more than 250 free-to-attend public events on offer by more than 73 universities, research organisations and cultural and community groups in and around 50 towns and cities across the UK.