Lectures

November 2017
Wed 22

Busby Berkeley, Master of the Movie Musical

introduced by George McGhee

A weekly window on the world

Lectures are held in the Victoria Hall on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.  Doors open for members and for guests of Friends and Benefactors at 7.30pm.  Non-members will be admitted at 7.50pm, space permitting.  The fee for non-members is £5.  The hall is fitted with a RNID induction loop.

When the HLSI was founded in 1839, one of the first acts of the new management committee was to start a lecture series. This has continued, with very few interruptions, ever since. We aim to cover a wide range of topics: medicine and science, social and political issues, horticulture, history, education, literature, music and the fine arts. After more than 170 years, our lectures continue to attract a large audience.

November 2017
Tue 21

Discussing Climate Change: why so toxic?

John Hines Memorial Lecture

November 2017
Tue 28

In Search of My Father

Keggie Carew

December 2017
December 2017
Tue 12

Exile in Norwood: the disappearance of Émile Zola

Aslam Lecture, with Michael Rosen

January 2018
Tue 09

Seeing in Three Dimensions: learning from Michelangelo’s mistake

Colin Blakemore, Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy, Director of

January 2018
Tue 16

Called to Account: how corporate bad behaviour and government waste combine to cost us millions

Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committ

January 2018
Tue 23

Small but Perfectly Formed: paintings of private London gardens 1770-1950

Christine Lalumia, lecturer and writer on the design and history of gard

January 2018
Tue 30

The Crown, the Shamrock and Me

Mary Kenny, Dublin-born journalist and writer, leading columnist for the

February 2018
Tue 06

Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves: turning secret lives into fiction

Rachel Malik, novelist and teacher at HLSI

February 2018
Tue 13

How Putin Reacts: ideology, power, wealth and security in Russian foreign policy

Peter Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics and Society, School of

February 2018
Tue 20

Obesity, Diabetes and the NHS in England

Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Obesity and Diabetes,

February 2018
Tue 27

We are More than This: the breakdown of the neoliberal consensus and the building of something better

Andrew Simms, author, activist and co-director of the New Weather Instit

March 2018
Tue 06

Breaking News: challenges of broadcast journalism

Jane Hill, BBC News journalist

March 2018
Tue 13

‘An Illness of Various Shapes and Horrible’: some reflections on epilepsy

Ann Jacoby, medical sociologist and Emeritus Professor of Public Health

March 2018
Tue 20

The Crisis in our Prisons

John Podmore, former prison governor, author and expert on criminal just