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  • Explore the arts, humanities and social sciences for freeFor more information call: 01223 766766 or visit: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas

    19 30 October 2011



  • Thank you


    Irwin and Joan Jacobs


    Media Partners

    Keep up-to-date with the Festival events using the University of Cambridges iPhoneapp. The app features an events service as well as the latest news, research, asearchable map, video and audio from across the University.

    Front cover image: Face of the Festival competition winner Clare Barry (page 4)

    Whilst every effort is made to carry out the programme as advertised all events are subject to change or cancellation.For the latest updates see the Festival website.

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  • Welcome


    Welcome to the fourth anniversary programme!

    Explore the big ideas in the arts, humanities and social sciences for free at the 2011Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The Festival offers hundreds of free talks, hands on activities,film screenings and workshops for all ages.

    Throughout the Festival, we will debate some of the biggest questions in modern times. Asthe population hits seven billion, we ask can the Earth sustain this many people and isreproductive freedom a fundamental liberty? Is Wikileaks causing a net revolution orsetting the stage for net censorship? What is the future of communication; will the Englishlanguage ever become extinct and why are so many other languages under threat?

    We are delighted to welcome world-renowned speakers to take part in this years Festivalincluding author of the Young Bond series, Charlie Higson, Holly Walsh (Mock the Week andNever Mind the Buzzcocks) and Professor Marcus du Sautoy from the University of Oxford.

    The main day of the Festival on Saturday 22 October is bursting with free events for thewhole family to enjoy. Join us on the Universitys Sidgwick Site for talks by world famouschildrens authors, debates by pioneering academics and dozens of hands on activities; foradults as well as kids!

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    Bookings open on Monday 5 September

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  • This year, the Festival strands are Communication, Freedom and Revolution.

    Follow the strands throughout the programme:

    Top tips

    There is no need to book for events unless otherwise stated. There may still be spaces available at events which are listed as pre book; you are

    welcome to turn up and enquire on the day. Please arrive on time for events; please note that entry may be refused if the venue is full

    or if you arrive late. All events are free-of-charge unless otherwise stated. Children must be accompanied at all times. See pages 38 39 for a map of Festival venues.

    Face of the Festival competition

    This year, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas launched a competition to design the Festivalprogramme cover. The design had to be based on at least one of the three Festival strands.

    The lucky winner of this competition was Clare Barry. Entries to the competition will beexhibited during the Festival, for more information on the exhibition or to take part in nextyears competition, please see the Festival website.


    From drawing workshopsto discussions onbilingualism we explore thediverse ways that wecommunicate. We even findtime to unlock the secret ofmusical communication inour headline concert inKings College Chapel.


    Explore everything fromthe right to intellectual andphysical liberty to freedomfrom gravity in our circusskills workshops. Join us fortalks such as Does prisonwork? and When Britonswere slaves.


    Take a look back on pastpolitical and socialrevolutions as well as makepredictions for futurereforms through thisFestival strand. We hostcutting-edge debates oneverything from the futureof food to what universitiesare really for.

    Plan your Festival

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  • Saturday 8 October 12noon 4pmThe Big Draw: drawing together!The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington StreetGet inspired in the run-up to the Festival with a dayof Big Draw activities for the whole family. Come tothe Fitz Family Welcome Point between 12noonand 4pm to find out more.Map: 26, Hands on, Drop in, All ages

    Sunday 16 October 2pm 7pmDark Sun August, 1945: be partof the performanceWest Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music,Sidgwick SiteThis is your chance to perform as part of a large-scale orchestral and choral work during the Festival(please also see event 026). Map: 13, Rehearsal, All ages & abilities, Pre booktel: 01223 768927 email: [email protected] visit: www.mus.cam.ac.uk/events/festival-of-ideas

    Tuesday 18 October 7.30pm 9pmWhen is a fruit not a fruit?Ross Street Community Centre, Ross StreetJoin the Botanic Gardens Head of Education tofind out more about the world of botany. Learnabout the structure of flowers, the process ofpollination and what makes a seed a seed.Map: 29, Talk & Hands on, Ages 14+

    Tuesday 18 Friday 21 October 10am 12noonThink you cant draw? Think again!The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street(Tuesday 18 Thursday 20)Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Site(Friday 21)This four day course offers a new way of workingfor those wanting to be more confident with theirdrawing skills. You dont need to be an expert; justa willingness to experiment!Map: 26, Course, Adults, Pre book tel: 01223332904 or email: [email protected] 15, concessions 10 all materialsprovided

    Pre-Festival events


    Cant wait for the Festival to start? Then join in with these events to get you in the mood!

    Gaetan Lee





    Show us your Cambridge: My Cam film competitionThe University has teamed up with Watersprite student film festival (www.watersprite.org.uk)to launch My Cam 2011, a competition designed for staff, students, alumni and local residentsthe opportunity to submit short films, either documentary or narrative, about any aspect of lifein Cambridge. Entries can be submitted at any time before the deadline of Friday 9 September.

    There will be a screening event at 7.30pm on Thursday 27 October at the Auditorium, QueensBuilding, Emmanuel College. Please see: www.cam.ac.uk/mycam for more information.

    *Pre book: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas *Pre book: 01223 766766

  • 3pm 5pmMaking the past presentAnglia Ruskin University, East RoadA panel discussion on the relevance of worldclassics, epics and oral traditions to schools,museums and cultural organisations. Participantswill include storyteller and academic Vayu Naiduand Claire Wheeler from the World Oral LiteratureProject. Map: 30, Talk, Adults, Pre book tel: 0845 2713333 or visit: www.angliaruskincommunity.eventbrite.comPresented by Anglia Ruskin University

    5.30pm 6.30pmWhy do we work so hard? Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill LaneThis talk by Dr Brendan Burchell, Department ofSociology, will examine why people work as hardas they do and whether its bad for their health?Map: 18, Talk, Adults

    6pm 7pmSir Hermann Bondi Lecture:secret mathematiciansMill Lane Lecture Rooms, 8 Mill LaneProfessor Marcus du Sautoy explores the hiddenmathematical ideas that underpin artists creativeoutput and reveals that the work of themathematician is sometimes no less driven bystrong aesthetic values. Map: 18, Talk, Ages 14+, Pre book*Organised with the Cambridge Humanist Group

    005.6pm 8.30pmD H Lawrence on filmArts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. AndrewStreetWomen in Love introduced by Professor JeffWallace, Professor of Literature and CulturalHistory followed by a post-screen discussion. Map: 31, Talk & Film, Ages 14+, Pre book tel:0871 902 5720 or visit: www.picturehouses.co.ukstandard admission charge appliesPresented with Anglia Ruskin University

    7pm 9.30pmSeason of Mists The Graduate Union, 17 Mill LaneSeasons of Mists describes the displacement felt bya Russian woman who came to the UK and foundthe stable home she wanted, but cant explain whyshe still feels out of place. Followed by a questionand answer session with the producer.Map: 17, Film, Ages 14+, Pre book tel: 07904 458787 or email: [email protected]

    8pm 9pmKiss the badge, fly the flagCB2 caf, Norfolk StreetIn World Cup year, black comedian Paul Rickettssupported the country of his birth, England, but feltuncomfortable in an England shirt; why? A funny,enlightening look at multi-cultural Englishness.Map: 32, Performance, Adults, Pre book tel:07889 176 050 email:[email protected] or visit:www.wegottickets.com/event/117134 5,unsold tickets available on the door for cash


    Richard Marshall

    Seasons of Mists






    Wednesday 19 October

    *Pre book: www.cam.ac.uk/festivalofideas *Pre book: 01223 766766

  • 8pm 9pmTim Minchins StormUniversity Centre, Granta PlaceTim Minchins Storm is a BAFTA-longlistedanimation that has become an anthem for criticalthinking worldwide. Producer Tracy King anddirector DC Turner give an exclusive behind-the-scenes talk before the film screening.Map: 19, Talk & Film, All ages, Pre book visit:http://ThinkOutreach.org

    Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 1.30pm 5pmRunning the British economy Faculty of Economics, Sidgwick SiteCould you set interest rates, reduce a large budgetdeficit and grow the British economy? This popularinteractive and competitive computer game letsyou try. Designed for teams of three to four playersfrom Cambridgeshire schools.Map: 7, Hands on, Years 12 & 13, Pre book tel:01223 335242 or email: