Cardiff BookTalk continues its exploration of science fiction and fantasy this semester with a very special evening celebrating the legacy of the great American novelist, poet, and essayist Ursula Le Guin.
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Following on from last year’s diverse BookTalk schedule, we are pleased to announce our first event of the year, which will draw on themes from literature and film. We will begin this year’s BookTalk schedule in the Science Fiction genre, with discussion of Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, and Arrival (Denis Villeneuve, 2016), the film based on Chiang’s novella.
BookTalk will be joined by four expert speakers to discuss Story of Your Life and its film adaptation:
Dr Orestis Palermos is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University. Orestis works at the intersection of philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science. He is interested in the way philosophy can impact the design of emerging technologies.
Dr Catherine Laing is a Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at Cardiff University. She is interested in psycholinguistics – how language is manifested in the mind – particularly in relation to how children and adults learn language.
Jenifer Millard is a Postgraduate Researcher in the Galaxies Department of the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on exploring dust in galaxies, throughout space and cosmic time. She is also co-host of a bi-monthly astronomy and space podcast called Awesome Astronomy, where she discusses the latest news, debunks conspiracy theories, debates the greatest dilemmas facing modern astronomy and space travel, and interviews anyone she can get her hands on, from astronauts to engineers to scientists.
Matthew Allen is an astrophysicist, working in education and science engagement, to excite and educate people about all things space! He first became amazed by astrophysics and space by watching and reading sci-fi, so he now hopes to inspire other people in the same way!
The speakers will present and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience questions and discussion. You may want to read Story of Your Life or watch Arrival prior to this event.
As usual, the main event will be preceded by a reception with tea, coffee and biscuits at 6.30pm in Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Maindy Road, Cardiff CF24 4HQ.
All welcome! Book your free tickets via Eventbrite by clicking here.
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This week marks the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, and each of our three brilliant speakers from the June BookTalk event are publishing articles to celebrate at The Conversation UK. The second of these articles is by Dr Amber Pouliot, Teaching Fellow in British Studies at Harlaxton … Continue reading Emily Brontë at 200: Amber Pouliot on The Conversation