The Phoenix Society Presents:Dr Simon Singh &Science Writer &Journalist
Simon Singh,who is currently being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association,will argue that English libel laws crush free speech and block scientific progress. He will explain how our libel laws are notoriously friendly towards claimants and hostile towards defendants,[...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Professor David Spiegelhalter,Churchill Fellow
The mathematical language of uncertainty is probability,but there is also a visual language that tries to represent what may turn out to be the case. David will look at different ways that people have tried to illustrate their uncertainty,including some recent work in the [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Nigel Lawson,Politican &Journalist
The Copenhagen Summit was the world’s opportunity to take action on the climate for our future. Without legally binding targets,where does this leave us?
As an ardent sceptic of mainstream attitudes towards climate change,Lord Lawson wrote recently “Copenhagen will fail –and quite right [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Rick Warden,Actor
How has a Churchill history undergraduate been able to use his degree in a career in acting?
‘Rick Warden studied History at Churchill in between his University acting commitments,and was President of the Mummers and Marlowe Societies whilst at Cambridge. He has since acted for the National [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Major General Jamie Balfour
A military perspective on how we have found ourselves in the current strategic situation’
As Churchill said:“Never,never,never believe any war will be smooth and easy.” How has it been so difficult to resolve the war in Afghanistan? The talk will give a historical context [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Sir Max Hastings,Author &Journalist
The impression in the public mind of Winston Churchill is tied closely to the Second World War. In the first talk of Michelmas,Max Hastings revisits our view of Churchill’s personality and its role in his relationship with the British people,the US and Russia.
The Phoenix Society Presents:Dr Bill Janeway,Economist
“The economic crisis has affected us all…what can we learn?”
The financial world is in meltdown,and the non-financial sectors of the global economy are following suit. How did the theorists believe so many impossible things for so long? And how did their teachings so transform [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Geoff Travis,Founder,Rough Trade Records &Churchill Alumnus
Geoff Travis originally studied English at Churchill and supplied many of the records that started the College’s weekly ent,Pav in the early 1970s. On leaving Churchill,he hitched hiked across the US,amassing such a record collection that on his return,[...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:John Polkinghorne,Scientist &Clergyman
Can science and religion co-exist successfully,or are they fundamentally in conflict?
Churchill College was founded by eminent scientists and was itself,part of a debate between religion and science –the ‘Chapel at Churchill’.
As a physicist and member of the Clergy,Revd Dr John [...]
The Phoenix Society Presents:Sir Martin Gilbert,Churchill’s Biographer
For the last talk of term,and the second in a series on Sir Winston,the Phoenix Society has the pleasure of co-hosting Sir Martin Gilbert,Churchill’s official biographer. Sir Martin will be about his search for ‘Churchill’s Character’ during his time studying the wartime leader. [...]