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Theme: 5 Degrees of Separation

Reading, United Kingdom

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University of Reading
Whiteknights Campus
Reading, RG6 6AL
United Kingdom

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About this event

Is it really possible that everyone on the planet can be connected through a chain of six other people? We argue that bold ideas and creative endeavours are a better reflection of our commonality and linkages. In our program we explore five diverse themes by five guest speakers who are connected through only '5 degrees of separation'. Our speakers cover a wide range of topics from climate change to expert opinion to human emotion and a Jazz baroness!

Confirmed Speakers

  • Rebecca Gould
    Rebecca Gould is a lead practitioner at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the co-director of Theatre Science, a non-profit dedicated to supporting public engagement with the biomedical sciences. As a theatre director and producer her work has a strong international dimension. She has produced and directed productions and festivals in London, Cardiff, Hong Kong, India, Uganda and Ghana. She has previously run a young directors’ exchange between the UK and India with the British Council, and implemented performance exchange programmes between young people in Plymouth and Ghana. She was the recipient of an Arts Council Directing Bursary.
  • Simon Heywood
    Simon Heywood is a writer, storyteller, musician, composer and independent scholar, specialising in oral and traditional narrative. He has a PhD in contemporary storytelling from Sheffield University’s National Centre for English Cultural Tradition. He has told stories live around the world and has written and published a large body of work ranging from poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations and scripts. His work on the epic of Gilgamesh was awarded Best Collaboration at the 2012 BASE Awards.
  • Hannah Rothschild
    Hannah Rothschild is an author, filmmaker and company director. Her biography, the 'The Baroness' was published in 2012. Her features and interviews have appeared in W, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, The Times, The New York Times, The Spectator, British and American Vogue. Her award winning documentaries have been shown on the BBC, HBO and at film festivals including Telluride, the London Film Festival and Sheffield. A non-executive director of several companies, Hannah is the co-founder of the Artist on Film trust and a trustee of the National Gallery, the Tate and 
Waddesdon Manor.
  • Sir David King
    Sir David King is the UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change. He was also the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford and from 2000 to 2007 he served as the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor.He holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. He has authored over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003. Sir David was also made an Officier of the French Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009, for his work on climate change and energy.
  • Christopher Lloyd
    Christopher Lloyd is an author, speaker, historian, science writer and educationalist. He is a Cambridge historian, award-winning Sunday Times journalist and author of a series of highly acclaimed books that combine science and history to create an interconnected, holistic view of the past. As such his work focuses on engaging audiences in big stories via exploring the connections and interface between disparate subjects and disciplines. He was recently featured on Dutch broadcaster VPROs series On the Future of Species and has appeared on BBC Breakfast TV and The Today Programme with John Humphrey’s on Radio 4.
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Claire Heffernan
Reading, United Kingdom

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