The Free University

14th CORK LIFELONG LEARNING FESTIVAL
Monday, April 3rd to Friday 7th April, 2017

The Free University
Adult Continuing Education at UCC Spring Public Lecture Programme & the Neighbourhoods Programme


MONDAY, April 3rd 2017

2-3 pm - Ms. Lorna Moloney, Adult Continuing Education, UCC

Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: 'Useful Free Family History Sources to draw your Family Tree'
This talk highlights free sources available to draw your family tree. Many options are available now online free of charge. Sources to reference, collate and store your tree are explored in this lecture.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A

3-4 pm- Mr Tony McCarthy, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: How to be a successful family historian without really trying.
The major point Tony will be making is that doing research is less important than producing some kind of document from what you already know, that is engaging and distributed among the wider family. Such documents tend to be passed down the generations.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education short course: Genealogy: How to Trace Your Family Tree, UCC

4-5 pm - Mr Stephen Bean, Adult Continuing Education, and Audio Visual Media Services, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: Working with Shadows in Photography and Art.
Chiaroscuro emphasizes shadows and uses strong direct lighting to create a sense of depth and volume. Artists working throughout history have sought to use this technique of creating and controlling shadows to overcome the inherent flatness of the image plane. In this lecture we explore the history and use of shadows in Photography and Art.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related Courses: Adult Education Short Courses - Digital Photography, Digital Photography part II and Photographic Lighting, UCC


TUESDAY, April 4th, 2017, Aula Maxima, UCC

11am - noon - Dr Maria McNamara, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC
Venue: Aula Maxim, UCC
Presentation: Prehistoric colours: the many hues of fossil bugs, birds and dinosaurs
Exciting new research by palaeontologists has revealed unexpected glimpses of the original colours of ancient animals. Learn what studies of fossils and fossilisation experiments can tell us about what fossil creatures looked like and why they were coloured.

Noon – 1 pm - Dr Janas Harrington, Epidemiology & Public Health, UCC
Venue: Aula Maxima
Presentation: Healthy food for a healthy mind and body.
Janas Harrington will give an informal session on food for thought focusing on the importance of healthy food for a healthy mind and body. She will give an overview on the importance of a balanced diet, focusing on practical examples of what a balanced diet looks like, and how best to achieve the guidelines set out by the Department of Health.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC

2-3 pm - Mr John Ware, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: Finding the New World: This presentation will look at the subject of Christopher Columbus and the first European attempts to cross the Atlantic.
Illustrated lecture and Q&A
Related Courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Courses – Imperial Adventures and An Introduction to Military History, UCC

3 - 4 pm - Mr James Cronin, Adult Continuing Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: Empires of Desire: 18th century ornamental gardens as cultural theatre
In this illustrated lecture, James Cronin will examine an illustrated 18th century printed edition of George Anson’s voyage round the world from the library at Bowen’s Court, Co. Cork. The lecture will examine the influence of accounts of this voyage on 18th century garden design in Britain and Ireland.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Courses – Masterpieces of Art and Looking at Architecture, UCC

4-5 pm - Ms Colette Olney, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex room 102, UCC
Presentation: How to Start Writing Creativity
This talk will guide beginners to make the most of words, language and the creative imagination. A range of writing techniques will be identified and put to use.
Related Course: Adult Continuing Education, UCC - Ways and Means with Words: An Introduction to Creative Writing, UCC

5-6 pm - Ms Claire Dorrity and Ms Rola Abu Zeid – O’Neill, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentations: What is development in the 21st century? What do Global Human Rights mean?
The area of international development has evolved substantially over the past few decades. The UK Institute of Development Studies stated “International development is about more than ‘aid’. It is not just about money to fill a gap. It is about change. It is about systems, and politics, and relationships. It is about power. It is about people’s lives.” This talk will present a brief overview on the Diploma in Development and Global Human Rights Studies, which is an interdisciplinary programme aiming to provide a critical and theoretical understanding of the issues, processes and institutions central to global poverty, inequality and development.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related Course: Diploma in Development and Global Human Rights Studies, UCC


WEDNESDAY April 5th – Western Gateway Building, room G02, UCC

2-3 pm - Mr John Ware, School of History and Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Western Gateway Building, room G02, UCC
Presentation: Ireland’s Great War
In August 1914 the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland declared war on Germany.
This lecture will examine the war from Ireland's perspective, and the changes the country underwent in those years, but it is above all about Irish soldiers: from the imperial veterans who changed their red coats for khaki in 1914, to the young volunteers who fought on the most terrible battlefields that Irish soldiery had ever known. There were already sixteen regiments of the king's army which proclaimed themselves Irish and wore harp or shamrock as their badge. Even in peacetime they comprised a force much larger than all the combined personnel of Ireland's defence forces today. On the outbreak of war they were joined by tens of thousands of volunteers. These men came from a country already on the brink of sectarian civil war. The survivors returned to a country transformed and transforming in a new struggle.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related Courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course – Ireland’s Great War, UCC

3-4 pm - Ms. Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: West Wing, room 6, UC
Presentation: What do you know about women and Islam?
Islam is the most criticized religion for its attitudes toward women. In this event, Rola Abu Zeid-O’Neill will discuss briefly the status and the role of women in Islam, different practices towards women such as polygamy, veiling (hijab) and explore Islamic feminism, its opportunities of interpreting the Quran, and what tools Muslim women use for challenging Islam’s androcentric interpretations.
Illustrated lecture and Q&A
Related Courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course Women and Islam and the Diploma in Women’s Studies, UCC

4-5 pm - Dr Mary Noll Venables, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Western Gateway Building, room G02, UCC
Presentation: Berlin: Capital of the Liberal West?”
After the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump in the United States, some have suggested that Angela Merkel is the last defender of the liberal West. If that’s true, it could make Berlin the capital of the liberal West. This lecture considers Berlin today and introduces other meanings given to Berlin in German and world history.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course – Berlin: a 150-Year Old Journey from German Capital to World City, UCC


THURSDAY, April 6th, 2017, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex room 102 UCC

2-3 pm - Dr Kathy D’Arcy, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex room 102, UCC
Presentation: Aspect of Women’s Studies
In this presentation Kathy D’Arcy will talk about her research journey as an Irish woman writer researching the absence of literary ‘foremothers’ and the damaging representations of women in Irish literature. There will be a brief introduction to that history, starting with the aisling poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and continuing up to the protests about the wording of the 1937 draft constitution, and we’ll then look at some interesting Irish woman writers, from Jane Wilde to Claire Keegan.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education Diploma in Women’s Studies, UCC

3-4 pm - MW Booth, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex room 102 UCC
Presentation: The Songs of Bob Dylan
This lecture offers a brief introduction to the music and poetic lyrics of the celebrated songwriter, including some of his less well known works, and some that have been recorded by other performers. We will listen to a series of recordings, with commentary on recurring themes and influences. Suitable both for those who are already fans, and those who have wondered what all the fuss is about.
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related Courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course – Bob Dylan: The Songwriter and the Literary Genius, UCC

4 -5 pm - Mr Mark Kernan, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, room 102, UCC
Presentation: The Election of Donald Trump and What it Means for the World
2016 was a year of extraordinary political upheaval. First Brexit, then Trump, and, the very real potential for even more radical upheaval in France in the 2017 presidential election. Will Marine Le Pen become the next far right head of state? Her party, the Front National, has almost 40% of the intended national vote, currently. What once seemed improbable now seems more than possible.
But why is this happening now. Are we experiencing, as some have suggested, the West’s ‘Berlin Wall’ moment, as electorate after electorate in western countries vote down both neoliberal capitalism at home and its international correlate, economic globalisation, abroad.
Related Course: Adult Continuing Education Short Course – The Election of Donald Trump and What it Means for the World, UCC

Thursday evening, April 6th, 7-9pm

7 to 8 pm - ACE at the Honan Chapel

Mr James Cronin, School of History and Adult Continuing Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning, UCC
Presentation: The Honan Chapel in Ireland’s Revolutionary Decade (1912-1922)
This lecture will discuss the role of Irish arts in the context of the Irish Revolutionary decade currently being commemorated. In particular, we will discuss how art and politics were interconnected during this period with reference to a study of the Honan Chapel on the grounds of University College Cork
Illustrated Lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course: A City of Steps and Steeples:

8-9pm Cór Cúil Aodha
This all men’s choir, founded by Séan Ó Riada, will sing in the Honan Chapel, University College Cork, College Cork. 


FRIDAY, April, 7th, 2017, West Wing 6, UCC

2 -3pm - Dr Denis Staunton, Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: West Wing, room 6, UCC
Presentation: Brain Health
The human brain is the most amazing, mysterious and complicated organ. Keeping it healthy is critical to our sense of well-being, especially as we age. It is like a muscle and when it is used, we feel a sense of balance, control and harmony.
Not long ago it was thought that the brain grew in childhood and once it reached maturity remained more or less stable before deteriorating somewhat with age. We now know that this view of the ‘static’ brain is out of date. The brain is a superb instrument and its greatest delight is to work properly. The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ certainly applies.
In recent years brain scientists have drawn our attention to some remarkable discoveries on how the brain has the capacity to change. It is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its own structure and function, even into old age. Every time we have a new experience or learn a new skill our brain changes to adapt to the new situation but, more importantly we are able to change our brain throughout life. In this way we can say that our brain is “plastic” –this ability to bend, remould and reshape our brain This lecture will look at how the brain works and will also outline some key recommended strategies and habits to enhance brain health based of new research findings.
Illustrated lecture and Q&A
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education Short Course Brain Health, UCC

3-4 pm - Dr Kathy D’Arcy, School of English and Adult Continuing Education, UCC
Venue: Western Gateway Building, room G02, UCC
Presentation: Finding Your Voice: A Course in Creative Writing
Everyone has a story to tell. This fun, welcoming creative writing course is designed to undo self-doubt and blocks so that creative expression becomes spontaneous and joyful. In this brief presentation, course facilitator and poet Kathy D’Arcy demonstrates some of her techniques and discusses the benefits of rediscovering creativity.
Related courses: Adult Continuing Education short course - Finding Your Voice: A Course in Creative Writing, UCC

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