Annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture: Elizabeth MacKinlay on Dementia

Faith in Older People in collaboration with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues present

The Annual Malcolm Goldsmith Lecture

Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia

Professor Elizabeth MacKinlay
Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia

Tuesday 29th May 2012

5pm tea, lecture at 5:30, drinks reception following the lecture

Lecture Room 1, New College, University of Edinburgh
The Mound, Edinburgh

BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT IS ESSENTIAL. You can reserve your place by following the link below:

https://events-made-easy.com/Client_Event_Sites/fop5853/2012-02-107/cgi-bin/php/programme.php

or by visiting the Faith in Older People website: http://www.faithinolderpeople.org.uk/

Image Credit:Do you find my brain? – Auf der Suche nach meinem Gehirn,” by alles-schlumpf

Upcoming Lecture: International Development and Faith Groups

The Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace (Relwar), the Just World Institute and the Trans-Atlantic Seminar Series invite you to a lecture by Mike Battcock on ‘International Development and Faith Groups’. The lecture will be held in Seminar Room 1 of the Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square at the University of Edinburgh, from 1-2:30pm on 16th March, 2012.

Mike Battcock works in the Civil Society Team in the Department for International Development (DFID). He has 20 years experience working with civil society organisations. This has ranged from working on small scale spice processing in Sri Lanka for 3 years to small business development in Bangladesh. With the Intermediate Technology Development Group, he has worked with civil society organisations in many countries including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Peru. With Natural Resources International, he was an adviser for the DFID Crop Post Harvest Research Programme.

In 2000, he joined the Civil Society Department in the Department for International Development (DFID). He has worked on a range of areas including the Civil Society Challenge Fund, Partnership Programme Agreements and producing guidance material for DFID country offices.

Image Credit: “Caritas, Karachi, Pakistan” by 350.org

Thursday Lecture: Ethics in Investment Banking

You are warmly invited to a public presentation and discussion on ‘Ethics in Investment Banking’, Thursday 1 December,  5pm-6.15pm in the Martin Hall at New College, on the Mound.

John Reynolds, author of the recent book Ethics in Investment Banking, will be speaking on this topic. Michael Northcott (Professor of Ethics, at New College, the University of Edinburgh) will provide a response. Dr Alison Elliot (Associate Director CTPI) will chair the event.

Ethics of Investment Banking: The financial crisis has focused unprecedented attention on ethics and ethical failures in investment banking. Investment banks, as well as politicians and regulators, have accepted the need to revisit ethical standards. This book explores the meaning of ‘ethics’ in investment banking and the capital markets and develops a framework for assessing and managing investment banking ethics. It provides a guide to the high profile concerns arising from the financial crisis, as well as discussing day-to-day ethical challenges. Essential reading for investment bankers, MBA students, regulators, ethicists and those seeking to understand investment banking.

The financial crisis has focused unprecedented attention on ethics and ethical failures in investment banking. Investment banks, as well as politicians and regulators, have accepted the need to revisit ethical standards. This book explores the meaning of ‘ethics’ in investment banking and the capital markets and develops a framework for assessing and managing investment banking ethics. It provides a guide to the high profile concerns arising from the financial crisis, as well as discussing day-to-day ethical challenges. Essential reading for investment bankers, MBA students, regulators, ethicists and those seeking to understand investment banking.

“Reynolds and Newell have produced a well-informed assessment of the multiple ethical issues that investment bankers must confront. With an insider’s view of the industry as well as expertise in applied ethics, they focus on the critical differences between compliance and ethics. The result is a no-nonsense book full of practical and workable solutions to ethical problems. Ethics in Investment Banking could not be more timely, making it very clear that there is no excuse for the absence of a strong ethical foundation to investment banking.” Lord Myners

“Whether banks, including especially investment banks, lost their moral and ethical compass, as well as vast amounts of shareholders’ capital, is a fair question to ask in the wake of the financial crisis. What is clear is that sustainable returns in banking can only be achieved if banks act fairly and responsibly to their key stakeholders. This book makes an important contribution to considering this question.”  Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman RBS

Ethics in Investment Banking by John Reynolds and Edmund Newell is available from Amazon:

UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ethics-Investment-Banking-John-Reynolds/dp/0230285082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305711009&sr=1-1-spell

US:
http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Investment-Banking-John-Reynolds/dp/0230285082/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305710905&sr=1-1-spell
Image credit: “Paternoster Square” by tonyhall


CTPI at the Africa in Motion Film Festival

The Centre for Theology and Public Issues is sponsoring four films at the Africa in Motion Film Festival this Saturday, 5 November. The films will be presented in two double bills at the Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh. Each double bill will be followed by a discussion with Jolyon Mitchell, Professor of Communication, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh and Director of CTPI, and Eolene M. Boyd-MacMillan, Research Associate with the Psychology and Religion Research Group at the University of Cambridge.

The first double bill features the animated documentary Slaves, by Swedish director David Aronowitsch, and Fambul Tok, by the American Sara Terry.

Slaves is about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children they were taken by government-sponsored militia in Sudan and exploited as slaves. They were later liberated by the organisation CEAWC (Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children). Capturing the full power of animation, Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and part of a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations.

Fambul Tok documents how victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war are coming together for the first time to make peace, face-to-face, in an unprecedented programme of tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. Through reviving their ancient practice of ‘fambul tok’ (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at grassroots level–leading their own reconciliation process and succeeding where the international community’s post-conflict efforts have failed. Filled with lessons for the West, the film explores the depths of a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals–and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities.

The second double bill includes Where Do I Stand?, by American filmmaker Molly Blank, and Congolese director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s State of Mind.

Where Do I Stand? looks at the aftermath of the xenophobic attacks that broke out across South Africa in May 2008. At the time, many South Africans found themselves caught off-guard, shocked by a violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. In the midst of this violence, many young people, clad in the bright greens and maroons of their school uniforms, looted neighbourhood shops while some of their classmates, refugees themselves, fled to safer ground. Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people thinking deeply about their actions during and after the violence. They include a Rwandan refugee, a girl wrestling with the reality of foreigners in her township, a boy facing calls of cowardice, and a girl whose family sheltered their Malawian gardener. Where Do I Stand? captures the optimistic voices of youth carving out their own places in this complex and divided country.

State of Mind is a layered, engrossing and intriguing look at a national collective trauma and the ambitious initiative to try and heal its wounds. In war-torn countries, people will not be able to lead productive lives and reconstruction will fail until they have overcome their trauma. In the Democractic Republic of the Congo, a country where over five million people have been killed in wars in recent history, can one develop new ways to deal with this massive trauma and open doors to development? DRC filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga sensitively follows an intriguing psychological experiment that might enable millions of people to overcome their trauma.

Please book your tickets at the Filmhouse box office or on their website.

Image credit: Still from Slaves by David Aronowitsch.

Rev Dr Johnston McKay to Present 2011 Chalmers Lectures

THE 2011 CHALMERS LECTURES

The Kirk
&
The Kingdom

A Century of Tension in Scottish Social Theology
1830-1929

delivered by

Rev Dr Johnston McKay

17th, 18th, 20th
and
24th, 25th, 27th
October

Martin Hall
New College
University of Edinburgh

1 Mound Place
Edinburgh EH1 2LU 


LECTURE 1. SIGNS AND SIGNALS Stirrings of Social Criticism in the mid 19th-century Church in Scotland

LECTURE 2. KINGDOM AND CO-OPERATION Robert Flint’s Paradigm shifts the emphasis from Church to Kingdom

LECTURE 3. PREACHING AND PRACTICE The Church in Glasgow gives shape to Kingdom values

LECTURE 4. EXPLORATIONS AND EXTREMES United Free Church theologians are poles apart in their teaching of the Kingdom

LECTURE 5. DEBATES AND DIVISIONS The Theology of the Kingdom begins to unravel in the United Free Church General Assembly

LECTURE 6. RELEGATION AND REUNION The Kingdom of God becomes a useful tool in the moves towards the union of 1929


Event Reminder: Jolyon Mitchell Inaugural Lecture Tomorrow

Jolyon Mitchell will give his Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at 2 pm this Thursday, 15 September, in the Assembly Hall, New College.  The lecture is entitled “‘Swords into Ploughshares’: Transforming Arms into Art”, and it will reflect in part his major new research project on “Peacebuilding through Media Arts”.

Professor Mitchell is a distinguished theologian, ethicist and broadcaster, who has lectured widely around the world.  He is the Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues.  As a scholar-teacher at New College, he has drawn upon the arts in exploring issues of vital importance: sponsoring dramatic performances, developing a popular course in theology and film ethics, and organising the major art exhibition “Shadows of the Divine”.

Professor Dorothy Miell, Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, will chair the Lecture, which will last about an hour. There will be a reception in the Rainy Hall immediately after the lecture.

Image: Yevgeny Vuchetich, “Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares”  

Jolyon Mitchell Inaugural Lecture (UPDATED with Abstract)

The University of Edinburgh

COLLEGE of HUMANITIES and SOCIAL SCIENCE

Professor Jolyon Mitchell

Personal Chair of Communications, Arts and Religion

will deliver his

Inaugural Lecture

‘Swords into Ploughshares’

Transforming Arms into Art


in the Assembly Hall

New College

1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

on 15 September 2011 at 2.00pm

This lecture is open to the public

RSVP to Annie Hetherington

Annie.Hetherington@ed.ac.uk

0131 650 6622

 Abstract

How can weapons be turned into art? How can ‘swords’ be transformed into ‘ploughshares’? For some scholars and practitioners involved in building peace, the phrase ‘Swords into Ploughshares’ is an overused cliché that has lost its original force. In this illustrated public lecture, Professor Jolyon Mitchell investigates how this ancient text is being brought to life in many different parts of the world through artistic projects promoting peace. He analyses how various artists are transforming weapons that used to kill into tools for farming, useful objects or symbols of peace. He explores how different museums, educators and film-makers are now using these pieces to envision peace. Professor Mitchell considers the significance of these expressions of ‘Swords into Ploughshares’ in local, national and international peacebuilding.

Jolyon Mitchell is Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, and a former BBC World Service Producer and Journalist.

Image Credit: Brian Fischbacher