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Baroness Susan Greenfield 28 September

Following on from the hugely successful ‘Poetry of Pop: was ancient drama the rock music of its era?’ the Department of Classics is very excited to announce our guest speaker on Thursday 28 September is the hugely influential polymath Baroness Susan Greenfield.

Those familiar with Baroness Greenfield’s work will know the extent to which her work has filtered into modern ways of thought. She is a neuroscientist whose achievements read like a Who’s Who of how to succeed: she is a writer, broadcaste...r, and member of the House of Lords whose research has included work on Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

She has published extensively on the neuroscience of consciousness and her most recent book discusses the impact of technology on the brain.
As an academic, she can count Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford University and Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology, Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh between 2005 and 2013, director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain from 1998 to 2010, and in September 2013, she co-founded the biotech company Neuro-bio Ltd, where she is Chief Executive Officer. In 1994 she was the first woman to be invited to give the Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, adding her name to a list that includes the likes of Michael Farraday, David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins.

So why, I can hear you asking, has the Department of Classics invited her to St Gabriel’s? Well, it just so happens that Baroness Greenfield, a champion of women in science, studied Mathematics, Ancient history, Latin and Greek at ‘A’ level. It is with this in mind that we are thrilled to announce the title of her talk:

‘Where Classics Meets Neuroscience.’

This is a talk that should appeal to everyone: those studying Classics, Psychology, Science, the Humanities… in fact, anyone who is interested in how the brain works.

The talk is free, but we are asking for donations to support the teaching and promotion of Classics: all money raised will go to Classics for All which supports the teaching of Classics.
It is open to anyone with an interest in Classics, music, drama, poetry or any other field of learning: few things are more inspiring than watching experts in their field.

Thursday 28 September at 7.00pm, with refreshments and exhibition open from 6.15pm. Reserve your tickets from

Mr Ives 
Head of Classics

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