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STUDIUM GENERALE


Welcome! 

Studium Generale offers a programme of lectures, debates and talkshowslecture series;
art, film, theatre, and poetry events and we organise the biennial PAS Festival.

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Programme February-March

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The programme booklet February-March is out now. 
Leaf through the booklet here.

...  or scroll down for an overview of all activities. 

The Empathic Brain Across Species

LECTURE
Tuesday 20 February, 20:00
Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Registration (free)

Why do we care about what happens to others? Humans and rats activate neurons and brain regions involved in their own pain while witnessing the pain of others - indeed as if they were in pain themselves. Perturbing this system makes us care less about others. Biology thus wires us to share the joys and distress of others. Yet empathy does not just happen to us: Christian Keysers will also show how easily we can turn off our biologically predisposed empathy – and we should thus learn to use it wisely.

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FILM ANALYSIS REVISITED: Reading Cinema and Society

LECTURE SERIES
MON 26 FEB, AND 4, 11, 18 AND 25 MAR 19:30-21:30
Lumière Cinema, Bassin 88
Registration for the whole lecture series 

Everyone’s a critic! And why shouldn’t they be? In a culture filled with stories and images, we are constantly asked to decode, deconstruct and negotiate meaning. As the most popular visual medium of the 21st century, cinema is especially sensitive to discussions relating to its role as an arbiter of truth and a conduit for ideology. 
This series of five lectures (the first lecture has two parts) provides a toolkit for how to read film as both an art form and a mass medium of communication.

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Humboldt and the Birth of Ecology

LECTURE
Monday 26 February, 20:00
Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Registration (free)

Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary 19th-century explorer and naturalist, saw Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador as more than just a towering summit. For him, it was a gateway to comprehending the interconnectedness of nature. Humboldt's ascent of Chimborazo embodies his lifelong quest to untangle the intricate relationships between geology, climate and ecology.
In this lecture, Norbert Peeters will express why Humboldt's legacy persists and how he was the first to provide us with a glimpse into the unity of nature

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20th CENTURY PHILOSOPHY: Intellectual Heroes and Key Themes II

LECTURE SERIES
TUE 27 FEB, AND 5, 12, 19 AND 26 MAR 19:30-21:30
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2 
Registration

The twentieth century was one of the most significant and exciting periods ever witnessed in philosophy, characterised by intellectual change in a challenging context. These lectures present a colourful picture of the intellectual heroes and key themes of twentieth-century philosophy, and introduce the central ideas of five philosophers. Although it is impossible to focus on every philosophical detail, the lectures cover the main movements of philosophy over the last hundred years. 

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Where is Europe Headed? And Who Decides?

LECTURE SERIES
WED 28 FEB, AND 6, 13, 20 AND 27 MAR – 19:30 to 21:30
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2 
Registration


In this lecture series, we explore the most pressing issues faced by Europe today. We will examine the EU’s history, current affairs and possible futures. Each week, a renowned expert will shed light on the EU’s role in their field, and on how European elections are likely to shape its course in years to come.

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Organised Crime in the Netherlands

LECTURE SERIES
THU 29 FEB, AND 7, 14, 21 AND 28 MAR – 19:30 to 21:30
Karl Dittrich Hall, Student Services Centre, Bonnefantenstraat 2 
Registration

In this series, we look at different aspects of organised crime in the Netherlands. The country's strategic location, advanced infrastructure and tolerant policies create an environment that is conducive to criminal enterprises. Law enforcement agencies, however, actively collaborate with other (public and private) partners, both nationally and internationally, to combat and prevent these activities, employing advanced technology and intelligence-sharing to disrupt organised crime networks operating within the Dutch borders.

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The Invention of Good and Evil

LECTURE
Monday 4 March, 20:00
Aula, Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Registration (free)

Where do our values come from? What is the origin of right and wrong, good and bad? In this talk, Hanno Sauer sketches the main moral transformations of humanity over the course of its history. Cooperation, punishment, community, identity, inequality, oppression and individualism are the main building blocks of our normative structure. If we want to understand the present, we need to understand where they come from.

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Musical Visit: Jesus Christ Superstar

MUSICAL VISIT, only for students
Several dates and times, from 6-10 March
Theater aan het Vrijthof, Vrijthof 47

The rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar is back, and how! Thanks to the unforgettable lyrics and music by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the staging by internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove and a cast bursting with Dutch and international talent, the show promises to be the theatre experience of the year.

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Making Art and Making Money: The Creation of the Modern Art Market, ca. 1550-today

TEFAF LECTURE
Monday 11 March, 20:00
Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Registration (free)

This lecture takes you on a trip through the history of the modern art market and explores the way in which clever dealers, cunning agents and artists with a nose for business paved the way for today’s glittering art fairs, sensational auction records and globalised art market.

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How Patriarchy Began

LECTURE
Tuesday 12 March, 20:00
Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Registration

We know so much about the devastating realities of gendered oppression in the present, but how did patriarchy first become embedded in societies all over the globe? Investigating the latest developments in science, anthropology and archaeology, author Angela Saini paints the complex history of how elite men managed to accumulate so much power, and explains why there is nothing inevitable about male domination. Far from being natural, patriarchies are instead long, slow grifts.

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Political Apologies Across Cultures

LECTURE
Tuesday 26 March, 20:00
Auditorium, Tongersestraat 53
Registration

Should nations try to atone for their sins, including those that were committed by previous generations, through the offering of an apology? In the past decades, this question has become particularly urgent, as calls for state apologies have increasingly been made by victims of human rights violations or their descendants. 

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