TrinTalk: Global Responsibilities?

Overview

The theme of this year’s TrinTalk will be Global Responsibilities? In an inter-connected world, the implications of our actions are felt internationally.

Our expert speakers will lead an in-depth exploration of four of the key areas in which our actions can produce far-reaching positive impacts – responsible business; social justice; medical challenges; and climate change. The panel will consider just how global should we be thinking when it comes to our actions, and what can we do, both individually and collectively, to be more globally responsible.


We are delighted to confirm the following four speakers: Andy Rubin (1984), Dr Amy Ludlow (2005), Professor Sadaf Farooqi (1995), and Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990).

Andy Rubin is Chair of Pentland Brands Ltd, a director of Pentland Group plc and non-executive director of JD Sports Fashion plc. His talk, entitled ‘Responsible Ownership – how business can be a Force for Good’ will explore the role business can play in the global society.

Dr Amy Ludlow is Director of the MSt Programme in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management, a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, and Director of Studies in Law at Fitzwilliam College. Her talk, entitled ‘Love thy neighbour? The potential of educational community building for advancing social justice’ will draw on her experiences of co-founding and directing Learning Together. Amy’s talk will explore the potential of education that crosses perceived differences within and between groups for growing a politics of love and advancing social justice.

Professor Sadaf Farooqi is Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Her talk – ‘The global epidemic of obesity: causes and consequences’ – will examine the growing impact of obesity upon the world.

Dr Hugh Hunt Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration in the University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of Trinity College. His talk – ‘Refreezing the Arctic’ – will examine whether it is too late to save the Arctic without “geoengineering” – active manipulation of the climate. There are technologies almost ready to go, but is it right to meddle with the climate? Given the scale of the challenge to be Carbon Zero by 2050 perhaps we don’t have any choice


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Speakers

Andy Rubin is Chair of Pentland Brands Ltd, a director of Pentland Group plc and non-executive director of JD Sports Fashion Plc. Pentland, which owns global brands such as Speedo, Canterbury, Berghaus and Ellesse, is a UK based, private family owned company operating in sports, outdoor and fashion. Andy is the third generation to lead the family’s brand management business, which has won a number of Family Business awards. The Pentland Group is the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion plc, an international multichannel retailer in sports, outdoor and fashion operating 2,500 stores and numerous online businesses. Alongside a number of other appointments, Andy is Family Advisory Council Member for the Said Business School at the University of Oxford, a Trustee of In Kind Direct, the UK’s leading redistribution charity and an Ambassador for Leaders Quest among other charitable interests. Andy read Law at Trinity and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Dr Amy Ludlow is Director of the MSt Programme in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management, a Senior Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, and Director of Studies in Law at Fitzwilliam College. She read Law as an undergraduate at Trinity and later returned to complete a PhD. Amy has conducted wide-ranging research in prisons, focussing on how organisational reforms in the sector affect prison staff culture and quality of life for staff and prisoners. With Dr Ruth Armstrong, Amy founded and leads the award-winning Learning Together, an initiative that builds higher education partnerships and learning communities that span prison and university walls. Learning together is yielding new research insights about the roles of dialogic communal learning in supporting movements away from crime.

Sadaf Farooqi is a Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is an internationally recognized Clinician Scientist who has made seminal contributions to understanding the genetic and physiological mechanisms that underlie obesity and its complications. The work of Sadaf Farooqi and her colleagues has fundamentally altered the understanding of how body weight is regulated. With colleagues, she discovered and characterised the first genetic disorders that cause severe childhood obesity and established that the principal driver of obesity in these conditions was a failure of the control of appetite. Her work is often cited as an exemplar of how the translation of research into the mechanisms of disease can lead to patient benefit.

Dr Hugh Hunt Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration in the University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of Trinity College. His principal interests are in dynamics and vibration, gyroscopes and boomerangs. His most recent research is in the fields of renewable energy and geoengineering, including the SPICE project – technology for cooling the Earth by 2 degrees C if CO2 emissions targets are not met. Other research includes the control of vibration from underground railway, bells and clocks and wind turbines. Dr Hunt does television work and was Lead Engineer in award-winning documentaries (“Dambusters: building the bouncing bomb”, “Digging the Great Escape”, “Escape from Colditz” and “Attack of the “Zeppelins”) which have been broadcast around the world. He took his first degree in Engineering from Melbourne University, Australia and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has accumulated an impressive collection of boomerangs, many of the home-made. He uses these to inspire students in the study of Dynamics and Mechanics.

Programme

10:00 am

Tea & Coffee

Nevile’s Court
11:00 am

Introduction

Winstanley Lecture Theatre
11:15 am

Morning Talks

Winstanley Lecture Theatre
12:45 pm

Lunch

Hall
2:15 pm

Afternoon Talks

Winstanley Lecture Theatre
3:45 pm

Afternoon Tea

Old Combination Room
4:45 pm

Depart