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This calendar lists events associated with Trinity College. Members of College are welcome to add events to it.

28th Feb 201218:15SocietiesZero Degrees of EmpathySpeaker: Professor Simon Baron-Cohen

Empathy is the drive to identify another person’s thoughts and feelings and to respond to these with an appropriate emotion. Empathy comes by degrees, with individual differences evident in the traditional bell curve. We now know quite a lot about which parts of the brain are used when we empathize and how empathy develops in children. We also know that early experience affects empathy, but so does biology: hormones in the womb, and specific genes. There are several ways in which one can lose one’s empathy, clearly seen in psychiatric conditions such as the personality disorders including the psychopath. However, there is one condition, autism, which not only entails difficulties with empathy but can lead to a talent in ‘systemizing’: the aptitude to spot patterns in the world. We discuss how people with autism and psychopaths show opposite empathy profiles. Finally, the discovery that there may be ‘genes for empathy’ implies that empathy may be the result of our evolution. TCSS (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

28th Feb 201218:30SocietiesLeader and Forster - DebateIs the axiom of choice a bit of a joke?

Why is Banach-Tarski not a paradox? Or is it after all as weird as you thought?

Imre Leader and Thomas Forster debate the right way to use - or not - the axiom of choice.

Non-constructive views and non-well-orderly behaviour tolerated.

(organised by Nik Sultana)

MR4, Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
18:30 - 19:30. TMS.

26th Feb 201218:15ChapelChoral EvensongPreacher: The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, Dean of Hereford
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Healing
Manetti's 'The Stigmatization of St Catherine of Siena'

preceded by Organ Recital at 17:40
Jeremy Cole (Trinity College) plays music by Buxtehude and Bach (Chapel).

25th Feb 201216:00FilmAn Ecology of MindA film about Gregory Bateson, one of the most creative anthropologists of the 20th century and a Cambridge graduate, will be shown in the College this Saturday from 4-6pm.

For further details please see:Organised by Professor Kwon. (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

25th Feb 201220:00MusicTrinity Players
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor
  • Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

£5/£3/TCMS members free (Chapel).

23rd Feb 201213:00MusicVocal Recital SeriesOpera Arias: Michael Craddock

£3/£2/TCMS members free. (Old Combination Room).

23rd Feb 201218:15SocietiesScience and Non-science in UK Drug and Alcohol PolicySpeaker: Professor David Nutt

The regulation of drugs – including alcohol and tobacco – is an issue of pressing importance due to the increasing health care costs associated with their use and the new sorts of synthetic agents being developed and sold over the internet. My talk will reflect on these issues in the light of my ten years experience on the governments Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs from which I was sacked about a year ago. I shall present new analyses that compare the harms of drugs and alcohol using more sophisticated methodology and challenge many of the current misconceptions about drugs – their harms – and how to deal with them. TCSS (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

22nd Feb 201210:00ChapelAsh Wednesday Sung Eucharist and Imposition of AshesPreacher: The Reverend Paul Dominiak, Chaplain (Chapel).

21st Feb 201217:30SocietiesBeaten Men? Interpreting the Use of Violence against Prisoners of War in Britain, France and Germany, 1914-1920 Dr. Heather Jones (LSE) is the first scholar to provide in-depth and comparative examination of violence against First World War prisoners. She shows how the war radicalised captivity treatment in Britain, France and Germany, dramatically undermined international law protecting prisoners of war and led to new forms of forced prisoner labour and reprisals, which fuelled wartime propaganda that was often based on accurate prisoner testimony.

The talk is free for all and there will be complimentary drinks. Organised by the Trinity College History Society (Junior Parlour).

21st Feb 201218:15SocietiesDecoding Genomes at High SpeedSpeaker: Professor Shankar Balasubramanian

There has recently been a quantum leap in our ability to accurately decode human genome sequences at an unprecedented speed and cost. This technological advancement is transforming biology and is bringing to the forefront the possibility of individualising medicine based on our genomes. In this talk I will discuss the origins of this technology revolution, how it is changing science and a vision for how it may shape medicine over the next 20 years. TCSS (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

21st Feb 201220:00MusicChamber Music SeriesBeethoven Septet Op.20: The Friend Septet

£3/£2/TCMS members free (Chapel).

20th Feb 201220:30SocietiesContact geometry in dynamics: the 3-body problemWe have known for a long time how to write down the equations of motion of a satellite that moves under the influence of the gravitational fields of the Earth and the Moon, but surprisingly, we still do not fully understand the long term behaviour of the satellite since we cannot explicitly solve the equations. At the end of the 19th century, Poincare noticed the presence of chaos in the system and kick-started the modern theory of dynamical systems. Recently a new type of geometry called contact geometry (the odd dimensional relative of symplectic geometry) has been proposed as a tool for understanding this old problem in celestial mechanics. In this
talk I will try to explain what contact geometry is and why it is relevant for the 3-body problem.

All talks will begin at 8.30pm with port and orange juice from 8.15pm. Talks are for members only; non-members may join at the door. Membership is just £2.50 for life (Winstanley Lecture Theatre). TMS.

19th Feb 201218:15ChapelChoral EvensongPreacher: Mr Eric Southworth, St Peter's College, Oxford
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Teaching
Velázquez's 'Christ in the House of Martha and Mary'

preceded by Organ Recital at 17:40
Ashley Grote (Gloucester Cathedral) plays music by Bach, Byrd and Wesley (Chapel).

18th Feb 201221:00MusicJazz in the Bar9-11pm TCMS.

17th Feb 201216:00SocietiesCrisis in Europe: north-south or east-west?Edward Lucas as International Editor of The Economist oversees, in particular, the paper's political coverage of Central and Eastern Europe. He has been covering the region for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin's downfall and Vladimir Putin's rise to power. From 1992 to 1994, he was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow.

Old ideas about the east-west division of Europe are out of date - economically, politically, socially and militarily. "Eastern Europe" was a flawed concept even in cold-war days. Now it is not just useless but outright damaging. Edward Lucas explains why this term deserves to be on the scrapheap of history.

Time: 4-6pm (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

17th Feb 201220:00MusicThe Wren Sinfonia
  • Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture
  • Dvorak: Cello Concerto in A minor
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 1 'Spring'

£5/£3/TCMS members free (Chapel). TCMS.

16th Feb 201217:00Guest SpeakerClark Lectures: Shakespearean InventionFinal Seminar for the Lecture Series.

The Clark Lecturer for the Lent term 2012 is Quentin Skinner, FBA, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London.

The Seminar will take place in the Old Combination Room, Trinity College, at 5 p.m. (Old Combination Room). Clark Lectures.

16th Feb 201220:00MusicChamber Music SeriesPiano Improvisation: Manuel Barenz

£3/£2/TCMS members free (Old Combination Room).

15th Feb 201217:00Guest SpeakerClark Lectures: Shakespearean InventionThe Clark Lecturer for the Lent term 2012 is Quentin Skinner, FBA, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lecture IV: Shakespeare and rhetorical closure.

Mill Lane Lecture Room 3. Clark Lectures.

15th Feb 201218:00SocietiesJohn Crace visits the Literary SocietyTCLS is excited to welcome the Guardian journalist John Crace. Crace is the writer of the much-loved and very funny 'Digested Read' book reviewing column
(, which takes a satirical swipe at various publications. He is also a features writer and has published several semi-autobiographical books.

Wine served, all welcome (Old Combination Room).

14th Feb 201218:15SocietiesThe Antibody Revolution: Turning Inventions Into Medicines and CompaniesSpeaker: Sir Greg Winter

In recent years therapeutic antibodies have been displacing small molecule drugs as blockbuster pharmaceuticals, and large pharmaceutical companies have been buying the biotechnology companies that developed them. The talk will explain how this revolution started and where it may lead. TCSS (Winstanley Lecture Theatre).

14th Feb 201220:00MusicChamber Music SeriesHandel Trio Sonatas: The Heath Quartet

£3/£2/TCMS members free (Chapel).

12th Feb 201218:15ChapelChoral EvensongPreacher: The Reverend Dr Colin Thompson, St Catherine's College, Oxford
Scenes from the Life of Christ: Baptism
El Greco's 'Baptism of Christ'

preceded by Organ Recital at 17:40
David Halls (Salisbury Cathedral) plays music by Handel, Jackson, Bach and Mendelssohn (Chapel).

9th Feb 201218:00SocietiesThe Eurozone Crisis and the future of the Euro - Prof. Charles GoodhartThe country's leading expert on monetary economics is coming to Trinity and will be speaking on the Eurozone Crisis. Prof. Goodhart is a former member of the Monetary Policy Committee and currently Emeritus Professor of Banking and Finance at the LSE.

Time: 6pm, drinks and refreshments from 5.30pm. Trinity OCR.
Trinity College Economics Society

8th Feb 201217:00Guest SpeakerClark Lectures: Shakespearean InventionThe Clark Lecturer for the Lent term 2012 is Quentin Skinner, FBA, Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London.

Lecture III: Shakespeare and the rhetoric of narrative.

Mill Lane Lecture Room 3. Clark Lectures.

Members of the College are welcome to add events relating to Trinity to this Calendar. To do so, please send an email to as soon as possible in advance of the event with the following information:

  • the date of the event;

  • the time it will take place (or 'all day');

  • the title of the event;

  • very brief details about the event (which may include a website address);

  • your name.

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