Studium Generale

Welcome at Studium Generale! We offer a programme of lectures, debates, talkshowslecture series and we organize the yearly PAS-festival

Below you will find announced the first ten upcoming events. View our full programme of lecture, debates and talkshows here and lecture series here. You can find the programme booklet for January-February here

Programme overview

Taking Stock of Donald Trump’s America

Monday 14 January, 20:00
Frans Verhagen
Journalist, Publicist, Expert on America

With 20 January marking the halfway point of President Trump's first term in office, it is time to analyse where America stands. What are the effects of these two years of bruising presidency?


donald trump hand on chest

Access to Health Care

Debate Café
Tuesday 15 January, 20:00

One in three people face difficulty accessing essential medicines. Worldwide, 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical and anaesthetic care. In times where the right to health is considered a human right, this should be unacceptable. 



Introduction to the History of Science

Lecture Series
Thursday 17 and 24 Jan, 7, 14 and 21 Feb 
Geert Somsen, PhD
Assistant Professor History of Science, UM

“Science has made our modern world.” Few people would argue with this statement, but what exactly does it mean?


introduction to the history of science

The Missing Children: Tracing Children after World War II

Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Monday 21 January, 20:00
Dan Stone
Professor of Modern History, Royal Holloway, University of London

At the end of the war, the Allies discovered tens of thousands of unaccompanied children in liberated Europe. Who were they, to whom did they belong and who would help them? 


dan stone

Hawking Points?

Wednesday 23 January, 20:00
Prof. Sir Roger Penrose
Mathematical Physicist and Philosopher of Science, Emeritus Professor Mathematics, Oxford University

Sir Roger Penrose will present powerful observational evidence of conformal cyclic cosmology (CCC).  Penrose popularised this theory in his 2010 book Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe.


roger penrose

New Insight in Collective Trauma: Migrants, Refugees and Ourselves

Monday 4 February, 20:00
Willem van de Put
Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM), founder of Culture4Change

Violence, warfare and forced migration leave traces in mind, spirit and body. ‘War trauma’ is a developing concept. Early 20th-century ideas of ‘shell shock’, culminating in ‘post-traumatic stress disorder’ (PTSD), have us navigating between medical, human rights and cultural perspectives. 


hands in the air

The Coming of Age of a Monetary Union

Tuesday 12 February, 20:00
Jeroen Dijsselbloem
Former Minister of Finance and President of the Eurogroup

The Eurozone crisis started to unfold in the European Union from 2009 onwards. Several Eurozone member states were unable to repay or refinance their government debt or to bail out over-indebted banks. Former President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, attended all the meetings in search of solutions.



LET’S TALK about Love, Sex and Relationships

Thursday 14 February, 20:00
Don't forget to register for this talkshow!

LET’S TALK is a new programme in which we not only give the floor to experts, but also challenge the audience to speak up and interact. In a lively and relaxed setting, we address issues of (student) life: relationships, career, love, health, stress, party life and engagement, etc.