Stephen Hawking: A Scientific Star?

Eric Bergshoeff and Daniel Baumann
Thursday 31 May 2018

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist who passed away this year, was an inspiring scientist. His fame among researchers was founded on his studies about general relativity, quantum gravity and black holes. On top of that, he was an inspiring public figure who published the bestseller A Brief History of Time, in which he mused that the discovery of an overarching theory of everything would allow us to "know the mind of God".

Stephen Hawking: A Scientific Star? - 31 May 2018

University Colloquium

Humanity’s Diary: The Genesis of the Bible

Carel van Schaik
Thursday 15 March 2018

The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. It has been venerated--or excoriated--as God's word, but so far no one has read the Bible for what it is: humanity's diary, chronicling our ancestors' valiant attempts to cope with the trials and tribulations of unexpected new problems.

University Colloquium: Carel van Schaik - 15 March

Rethinking Nationality

A Country Called Europe?

A Human Atlas of a Continent United in Diversity
Dimitris Ballas
Tuesday 20 February 2018

We often think of European countries as discrete entities—their own languages, cultures, food, and economies squarely contained within their national boundaries. But in fact Europe is at once a unified place and a sophisticatedly fragmented one, and national boundaries rarely reflect its social and economic realities.

Rethinking Nationality

What is the Value of Your Nationality?

Dimitry Kochenov
Tuesday 13 February 2018

Migration is a widely discussed topic, but talking about migration also implies a ranking of the quality of nationalities worldwide. In the absolute majority of circumstances our nationality plays an important role in establishing a highly irrational ceiling for our opportunities and aspirations. Our nationality is a random act of birth boasting no correlation with any person’s achievements, ideas, feelings and desires.

Science Slam

Research Meets Poetry
Promovendi presenteren hun onderzoek in een kort gedicht!
Tuesday 30 January 2018

Ten PhD candidates share their passion for research in a different way! Guided by our local UG poets Rachel Raetzer and Esmé van den Boom, these young researchers speed-dated a poet and transformed their research topic into a short poem. They'll present the result to the public in the Usva theater. Is it a poem, a rhyming dialogue between the researcher and the poet, a rap or a spoken word poem? Anything goes. The audience decides who wins.

Science slam 2018


What they don't teach you about thinking

John Furey
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Getting things to work well is often about understanding people and their differences. Why is it so difficult to understand these differences and communicate with others effectively? What if you could know how people think and what to expect of them, and how to use your own thinking more effectively to improve outcomes?

Division within Society

Michèle Lamont– co-speaker Rafael Wittek
Monday 20 November 2017

In many Western societies, social status and impact are determined by personal success in terms of level education, career, money and possessions. Such a one-sided focus on a narrow range of competences and knowledge produces a competitive society of winners (some) and losers (many). This is a recipe for social instability.

Division within Society - 20 November 2017