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Madingley Lecture - The Red Queen: why societies collapse

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As we ponder the chaos surrounding leadership and uncertainty in today’s world, it is worth taking time to reflect on those cultures, attitudes and approaches that either bind us together or force us apart. Learning from alternative worlds and realities allows us to reflect on the rights and wrongs of our own beliefs and attitudes.

Madingley Lectures, arranged by the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education present a series of snapshots of other cultures, other worlds, distanced from our own by time and place.

The Red Queen: why societies collapse
Dr Luke Kemp
Our deep past is marked by recurring failure and transformation. Empires, kingdoms and societies around the globe have collapsed throughout history. Is our global society destined for the same fate? Anthropologists and others have identified causes of collapse such as inequality, complexity, environmental degradation, external shocks (natural disasters and invasions) and just sheer bad luck. Luke examines these competing explanations and brings them under a single theory: the Red Queen Effect. He then investigates modern metrics for each of these contributors to collapse to determine whether our chance of falling is rising.

Dr Luke Kemp is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge. He focuses on how we can foresee and govern global risks. He has advised the Australian Parliament on ratifying the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and his research has been covered by media such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the BBC and the New Yorker. Luke holds both a Doctorate in International Relations and a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with first class honours from the ANU.

Complimentary tea and coffee available on arrival. Cash bar open after the lecture.


Upcoming Lecture dates:

Tuesday 28 May 2019:
Antarctica: another world for peace and science
Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director, British Antarctic Survey

Tuesday 29 October 2019:
Life in Ancient Sparta: how Spartan? How strange?
Professor Paul Cartledge, Faculty of Classics

The ‘Other cultures, other worlds’ lecture series will continue throughout 2019-20: further dates and topics will be released at the start of the Michaelmas Term

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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Institute of Continuing Education is based at Madingley Hall in the village of Madingley, 4 miles west of Cambridge. It is easily accessible from the M11, A14 and A428, and London airports. Our postcode is CB23 8AQ.

See www.cam.ac.uk/cambarea/travel/ for travel details to Cambridge, including air and rail information.

By car

Madingley Hall has ample car parking and some spaces reserved for students with mobility challenges. Please view our website for details of how here and more on the planned A14 roadworks.

By bus

The local bus service is very infrequent, but timetables are available on request. Further information is available from www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport or www.cam.ac.uk/cambarea/travel/

By bike

Madingley Hall is situated 4-5 miles from the centre of Cambridge. Take either Madingley Road, or a bike-friendly cycle path, which runs from the centre of Cambridge to Coton. There is a designated parking area for cyclists situated at the front of the Hall.

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/cycling/cycle-routes-and-maps/

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact shortcourses@ice.cam.ac.uk with any queries regarding the event. If you would like to find out more about the Institute of Continuing Education, please see our website: www.ice.cam.ac.uk or call our reception team on 01223 746222

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have a list of names of attendees and so it is not necessary to bring a printed ticket, but you are, of course,very welcome to do so if you prefer.

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