The Hebden Bridge Lectures

Hebden Bridge Town Hall • The Waterfront Hall • Bar/Café open at 6:30 pm

Lectures start at 7:30 pm sharp – No admission to Lectures after 7:30 pm 

  • Fri
    08
    Nov
    2019

    Sir David Spiegelhalter is Emeritus Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University.

    In the 1990s Sir David led the Medical Research Council team that developed WinBUGS ("Bayesian analysis Using Gibbs Sampling") that only ran on MS Windows, and its successor OpenBUGS that runs on all operating systems. These are used to forecast the spread and progress of infectious disease outbreaks. Such as Flu, SARS and Ebola. Earlier Bayesian software had only been able to forecast diseases that followed specific patterns of spread and was complex to set up. His innovations made the system applicable to more diseases and also much simpler to use, It is now widely used in epidemiology and has been found to be useful in other fields as well.

    Luckily, but not by chance, he won't risk talking about any of this; sticking instead to commenting on the use of stats in the media. Hopefully, we will all be better able to distinguish between, lies, damn lies and reliable statistics after the talk.

    You'll be pleased to know that 9 out of 10 members of David's audiences feel more confident (self assessed on a sample size of 3) about statisitics ......or was that the anti wrinkle creams?

  • Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    Journalist Christopher de Bellaigue, who attended Eton College, is from an Anglo-French background. He obtained a BA and MA in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge, where he was a student at Fitzwilliam College. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. In 2007-2008, he was a visiting fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. There he began work on his biography of the democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadegh who was overthrown in 1953 in a military coup instigated by the British and American Governments to protect the interests of their oil companies.

    In 2012, his book about Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh, Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup, was published.

    Christopher is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, New York Review of Books, Granta, and The New Yorker, among other publications. He was formerly the Tehran correspondent for The Economist. He lives in London with his wife Bita Ghezelayagh, who is an Iranian architect, and two children.

    Faith or Reason, which is best?  There's only one way to find out! Playing in your local High St soon.

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020

    Malcolm Chase is Emeritus Professor of Social History at the University of Leeds and one of Britain’s most renowned social historians.

    He will be lecturing in Hebden Bridge on what took place in Yorkshire in the period between the Peterloo massacre in Manchester (1819) and the start of the Chartist movement (c. 1838).

    Malcolm’s research interests are many and varied, centring on British popular culture and politics. He has written widely on the Chartist movement and his book Chartism: A New History (2007) is considered one of the standard histories of this important movement. It has, among other things, been translated into French. He is the author of 1820: disorder and stability in the United Kingdom (2015) and is currently working on a biography of the MP Sir Francis Burdett (1770-1844). Earlier work by Malcolm included important studies on the history of English radical agrarianism.

    Peterloo to Chartism and ever onward: is Democracy more than a snowflake in a Greenhouse World? Maybe we'll know by next Season....