In celebration and partnership with National Heritage Week we will be hosting a series of free lectures from colleagues and friends who work with us on our Lifelong Learning programme. Our programme of events this year reflects this years theme to 'Share a Story and Make a Connection'.

ALL Tasters for Heritage Week will offer a free and diverse programme of lectures, tours and workshops from 20th - 24th August, which will be aimed at making connections with adult and lifelong learners. 

A wide range of disciplines will be represented including medieval and modern history, literature, writing skills, classics, psychology, life skills and music. With titles such as 'Opera - Sharing the Story of Orpheus', 'The Psychology of Creativity', 'Sharing stories on ancient Greek vases' and 'The Voices that Shaped America'. Our focus is very much rooted in making connections between us, our learners and our diverse local communities. 

We invite you to take part in 50 minutes lectures and workshops which will allow you the opportunity to get a taste of a new subject or discipline which you may not have previously considered accessible. There will be an opportunity for discussion with a 'chat cafe' between each event.

 

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Title: Colonial Latin America: Conquest to Independence

By Dr Edward Collins

Time: 10:30am – 11:20am

This course examines the history of Latin America from the Columbian discovery of the New World in 1492 to the end of Spanish dominion in the Americas in 1898. It provides an outline of both the Portuguese and Spanish imperial enterprises from the earliest explorations to the establishment of colonial societies wholly different from their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts. It also provides an introduction to the diverse, pre-Columbian societies and cultures extant at the time of the first European contacts.

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Title: Sharing stories on ancient Greek vases

By Dr Jessica Doyle

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Pottery is one of our chief sources for understanding the ancient Greek world. The ceramics that survive from ancient Greece come to us in many shapes and sizes and fulfilled various functions in antiquity. But perhaps the most striking aspect of Greek pottery is its role as a medium for storytelling. From the 8th century B.C., scenes of dramatic action and moments of poignancy and tension are painted on these vases. During this lecture we will focus on some key examples, examining how vases were used for narrating the stories from Greek mythology that are familiar to us even today. 

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Title: Glorious Defeats

By Mr Michael Doran

 Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

History is littered with battles that have ended in defeat for one side but it is the manner of the defeat that continues to fascinate. The aim of this lecture is to examine military events of the 19th and 20th century that ended in disaster and consider why the scale of the defeat is overshadowed by the legend of battle. The lecture will refer to battles such as Little Big Horn, Isandlwana and Pearl Harbor. In history, it is often the case that when "the legend becomes fact, print the legend."   

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Title: Psychology and the benefits of Creative Writing

By Dr Martina Carroll

Time: 10:30am – 11:20am

This lecture introduces the topics of Positive Psychology, the Psychology of Creativity and the benefits of creative writing. The main topics from Positive Psychology are Positive Emotion, Flow theory, Relationships, Meaning and Purpose, and the importance of Accomplishments. The Psychology of Love and the relationship between Love and Work will be covered. You will enjoy this lecture if you are interested in human happiness, creativity, and the Arts. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on these topics.

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Title: Mindfulness and Compassion for Living Well

By Dr Fidelma Farley

 Time: 12:00pm - 12:50pm

An introduction to mindfulness and compassion, including short, led mindfulness practices as well as a discussion about what mindfulness entails, its impact on the brain, and how it benefits mental, physical and emotional health and well-being.

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Title: Tour of Seoda Scripte exhibition

By Ms Evelyn Flanagan

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

 

Seoda Scripte: A glimpse into Ireland's manuscript heritage is a exhibition of Irish language manuscripts in UCD Special Collections

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Title: Language, Place and Space: Ireland Past and Present

By Dr Aoife Whelan and Ms Fiona Lyons

Time14:00pm – 14:50pm

 

Who are the Irish and where do we come from? The origins of the Irish language and placenames will be explored in this introductory course. Irish identity will be traced back to the Irish and Celtic cultural context. Analysis of the cultural revival will reveal insights into the formation of the Irish State as we know it today. The course will conclude with an overview of contemporary Irish literature (in translation), exploring this literature as a medium of expression for the Irish people. This course will include guest lectures by academic experts from UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore.

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Title: Sum-enchanted Evenings

By Professor Peter Lynch

Time: 10:30am – 11:20am

Revealing the Beauty, Utility and Fun of Mathematics

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Title: MEMORIES

By Ms Patricia O'Reilly

Time: 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Memories are potent. When we come to write fiction we draw on the sum total of our life experiences, and the skill is in knowing how best to manage these memories.  

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Title: The Voices that Shaped America

By Dr Sarah Feehan

Time2:00pm - 2:50pm

America is a vibrant nation drawing together peoples from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Together they are the United States of America but how has America been shaped by its people? This lecture will consider some of the voices that have been to the fore in sculpting America over the last 242 years. From Founding Fathers to social activists, from slaves to immigrants, from business tycoons to union organisers we will explore how their beliefs and experiences have shaped America. 

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Title: Happiness in Every Day Life

By Dr Nicky O'Leary 

Time: 12:00pm – 12:50pm

Happiness is a feel-good emotion that most of us would all like to experience every day. Attend this talk and meet like-minded people to explore what really matters in life and find new ways of looking at things. Take time to reflect on how to create happiness for yourself and those around you. Learn about the small actions you can take each day to enhance your well-being. This talk will cover ten key activities that you can integrate into your daily life that can contribute to your happiness.

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Title: Opera - Sharing the Story of Orpheus

By Mr Michael Lee

 

Time: 2:00pm – 2:50pm

 

Of the many stories told in opera, the legend of Orpheus the musician holds a special place. We will look at different versions of the story and see how each re-telling reflected the values of its audience, and how this can still speak to us today.

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