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Time Travel: with Greyfriars Kirk and Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Greyfriars Kirk

Greyfriars Place

Edinburgh

EH1 2QQ

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Witches of Scotland, Stuart Monro, Rebekah Widdowfield & guests explore people & events that influence our understanding of the world.

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Greyfriars Kirk first opened its doors on Christmas day 1620, committed to universal education and individual conscience. RSE was created in 1783 for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge. Join us to explore some of the people and events over the last 400 years that helped to change humanity’s understanding of the world, and continue to have impact today.

Tickets: Suggested donation to attend this event in person at the Kirk £8. Suggested donation to watch by livestream, i.e. online only, £5. Please pay whatever you are able.

Refreshments: There will be a short interval before the third session, with tea and coffee available. Please feel free to BYOB (soft or alcohol) and cups to enjoy during the event. Though please avoid anything noisy or distracting during talks (e.g. popping corks or loud cans!).

17C Scotland: “What it was like to be of that time, that place.” WITCHES OF SCOTLAND are Claire Mitchell, QC, Zoe Venditozzi, author

How does the past relate to the present? How do we carry it with us? Why does what happened then, matter now? An excursion into early 17th century lives will explore these questions, and find surprising realities behind notions we continue to hold today. There’s so much more to learn from the hats, cats and brews! Witches of Scotland seek justice for people accused and convicted under the Witchcraft Act 1563-1736.

James Hutton: Enlightenment thinker, with a legacy for the present day. STUART MONRO, FRSE, Scottish geologist, instrumental in establishing Dynamic Earth

Known as the “father of modern geology”, James Hutton discovered Deep Time generating controversy and further ground-breaking discoveries. A true enlightenment thinker and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh during its formative years. Hutton’s interests ranged widely, across some less-known, surprising fields, but his legacy remains relevant today.

RSE Futures Commission: Debate and dialogue, academia and all of us. REBEKAH WIDDOWFIELD, Chief Executive, RSE, & guests

A lively panel discussion with special guests will take stock of where we are today, and consider key challenges we face as a society as we hope to move into a “post-pandemic” world. How best might these challenges be faced? Knowledge and expertise, debate and dialogue come in many forms and contexts. How might these be shared and shaped to ensure wide engagement; with academics and experts, and with everyday practitioners of life?

For those attending in-person at the Kirk: seating will be arranged with social distancing, please wear a face mask while moving around the building (unless you are exempt for medical or other approved reasons) and respect other people’s space.

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Greyfriars Kirk is a place of worship, a place to celebrate the arts, events, and exhibitions, as well as being a well-known historical landmark for all ages.

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