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THIS IS A FREE, DROP-IN EVENT AND SO YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BOOK TICKETS.


Every Thursday, different speakers on different subjects at Bristol Central Library.

12.30pm - 1.20pm

Thursday 5th July

Charlotte Alderwick, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE Bristol

Why Value Nature?

As humans we have the ability to radically change and even destroy some parts of our environment. We generally see actions such as making a species extinct as bad. But why is this? Is it bad for us to treat nature in certain ways because it means that the world is a worse place for humans? Or is there something about nature that means it is valuable in its own right? Charlotte Alderwick will discuss two different philosophical views of the value of nature, and explore the implications of these views for the ways that we should live and interact with the world around us.

*SPECIAL ONE-OFF LECTURE* Tuesday 10th July

John Stevens, Flood Risk Officer, Bristol City Council

Bristol’s Great Flood of 1968

On July 10th 1968 around two months of rainfall fell in less than two days causing devastation in Bristol and surrounding areas. About 3000 properties were flooded and there were eight fatalities, one of which was in Bristol. 50 years on we will be reflecting on the historical flood event, raising awareness of flood risk in the present day and explaining how we are planning for the future and climate change

Thursday 12th July

Helen Pullen, NHS Librarian

Health literacy, Public Libraries and NHS Librarians

Helen Pullen will be discussing the importance of finding high quality, reliable health information. Her aim is to work with public libraries to raise the awareness of health literacy.

Patients are being encouraged to self-manage and be partners in their care.

Evidence, shows “that being able to find high quality health information is beneficial. It has a positive impact on, patients’ experience of healthcare and patients’ health behaviour and status”. Library staff can act as signposts to the information that the public need to empower them to be active participants in their health and well-being.

Thursday 19th July

Christine Lindop, Community Ambassador for Bristol for Book Aid International

Parrots, pistols and philanthropy: the extraordinary life and times of Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly

Far from your average countess, Hermione was an excellent gas cooker salesperson, a crack shot, a skilled shorthand typist, a redoubtable traveller and wife to a Governor General. And in her free time, she founded an organisation that continues to transform the lives of millions some 60 years on…

Thursday 26th July

Heather Child, author of Everything About You

Who will make our decisions in the future?

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica targeting people's 'inner demons', Heather Child will explain how the networked world will soon know us so well that it will second-guess our every move. Amid room-mapping vacuums, self-filling fridges and bikinis that warn of sunburn, we will be tempted to sit back, relax and leave decisions about our lives to the artificially intelligent assistants that know what's best for us.

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