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We are delighted to sponsor the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) Discourse, a series of public lectures which are the oldest and most renowned series of talks in Ireland. Historically, Academy discourses were the occasion reserved for the most distinguished academics to first reveal and discuss their work in public. Robert Mallet revealed his pioneering work on earthquakes and William Rowan Hamilton talked about quaternion algebra at Academy Discourses. Recent speakers have included Nobel Laureates, Venki Ramakrishnan, Amaryta Sen, William Campbell and Sir Paul Nurse. Other distinguished speakers were Mary McAleese, Catherine Day and Sir Stephen O’Rahilly. The purpose of the Academy discourse series is to bring thought leaders to the Academy to discuss important contemporary issues.

The next discourse in the series takes place on Tuesday 4 May at 7.00pm and features Diane Negra, MRIA, Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture at University College Dublin. Diane will explore the primacy, ubiquity and ambivalence of celebrity in the pandemic at a time when we are deprived of various modes of communal sociality and connectedness. The respondent to the lecture will be Dr Lucy Bolton, Reader in Film Studies and Deputy Head of Film at Queen Mary University, London.

Fore more information and to book a place, please click here.

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