Public lecture

A public lecture is one means employed for educating the public in the arts and sciences. The Royal Institution has a long history of public lectures and demonstrations given by prominent experts in the field. In the 19th century, the popularity of the public lectures given by Sir Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution was so great that the volume of carriage traffic in Albemarle Street caused it to become the first one-way street in London. The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures for young people are nowadays also shown on television. Alexander von Humboldt delivered a series of public lectures at the University of Berlin in the winter of 1827–1828, that formed the basis for his later work Kosmos.

Besides public lectures, public autopsies have been important in promoting knowledge of medicine. The public autopsy of Dr. Johann Gaspar Spurzheim, advocate of phrenology, was conducted after his death, and his brain, skull, and heart were removed, preserved in jars of alcohol, and put on display to the public. Public autoposies have sometimes verged on entertainment: American showman P. T. Barnum held a public autopsy of Joice Heth after her death. Heth was a woman whom Barnum had been featuring as being over 160 years old. Barnum charged 50 cents admission. The autopsy demonstrated that she had in fact been between 76 and 80 years old.

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Aquinas Lecture On Science And Religion Set For Sioux Falls

Yankton Daily Press 21 Feb 2020
Mount Marty College, the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls and the Classics Institute at Dakota State University (DSU) have once again teamed up to host the second Annual Aquinas Lecture, which will be held on March 3 at 7 p.m ... The lecture on March 3 is free and open to the public, with a light reception to follow....

'Hamilton' actor Clark to give ATU keynote address

Fort Smith Times Record 21 Feb 2020
in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall, 1605 Coliseum Drive in Russellville....

23,295 take test for junior lecturer posts

The Hindu 21 Feb 2020
The online (mains) examinations for recruitment to the posts of junior lecturers, conducted by the AP Public Service Commission (APPSC) from February .......

Program chronicles final voyage of 'Montana'

Newburyport Daily News 21 Feb 2020
NEWBURYPORT — A lecture at Newburyport Public Library on Sunday will chronicle the demise of a famous Newburyport vessel. Clarisse Poirier, a professor emeritus of history at Merrimack College, presents “Fire & Ice ... ....

WSU lecture to discuss Samoans in the NFL

Moscow-Pullman Daily News 21 Feb 2020
Author and University of Pittsburgh history professor Rob Ruck will present a public lecture, “Tropic of Football. The long and perilous journey of Samoans to the NFL,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 216 of Todd Hall on Washington State ... ....

Grant Launches Vernon Area Library Series Celebrating Immigrant Experiences

Journal Online Chicago 21 Feb 2020
Beginning in March, the public is invited to attend book discussions, movie screenings and lectures designed to inspire conversation about the immigrant experience ... All programs are free and open to the public, and take place at the library, 300 Olde Half Day Rd., Lincolnshire....

Nonny Ugboma, enthusiastic about future opportunities, charting her path to actualisation

Business Day Online 21 Feb 2020
She is a public speaker, panel moderator and guest lecturer at the Lagos Business School ... One of the key success factors of the Foundation is the public private partnership model used in implementing over 800 initiatives across the country.” ... Public Policy and Public Value....

2020 Panetta Lecture Series kicks off Monday in Monterey

Monterey Herald 20 Feb 2020
Liasson is a national correspondent for National Public Radio and a contributor to FOX News Channel ... 24 lecture are $100 ... The lectures are also available on live web-streaming at, on the Leon Panetta Lecture Series YouTube channel, and are broadcast live on public radio....

Harvard researcher to speak on firearm violence at UNH

Portsmouth Herald 20 Feb 2020
Holden Lecture, "Private Guns Public Health," March 10.The lecture, which is is free and open to ......

Governor unveils broader state ethics, transparency bill

Winona Daily News 20 Feb 2020
The time is now to dig deeper, and work harder, to change the culture," Murphy said during a lecture at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The first-term former Wall Street executive and Obama administration ambassador outlined nine changes during the lecture....

CRNHA to host Coffee and Conversation at Grand Ecore Visitor Center

Natchitoches Times 20 Feb 2020
Cane River National Heritage Area Inc. (CRNHA), will host a lecture entitled, “From Old World to New World. Louisiana and the Carnival Tradition of Mardi Gras” Saturday, Feb. 29 at the U.S ... The lecture is free and open to the public ... ....

Goodrich Library To Feature Librarian Who Has Visited Every Vermont Library

Caledonian Record 20 Feb 2020
Her talk, “Vermont’s 183 Libraries,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Sharing history, trivia, and photographs, West will reflect on her quest to visit Vermont’s 183 public libraries ... open to the public....

Thanks from Storytellers Festival

Kearney Hub 20 Feb 2020
Humanities Nebraska, Kearney Area Community Foundation, AmericInn, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the UNK Faculty Senate Artists and Lecturers Committee, ESU 10, Yanda’s Music and Pro Audio, Kearney Public Library, Lexington Public Library, Central Nebraska Reading ......