Thursday Lunchtime Talks

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8 October 2015

Joel Peck, Is Life Impossible?

Eigen’s Paradox is a well-known logical puzzle concerned with the origin of complex life. It holds that very high mutation rates prevailed early in the history of life, and this should have prevented the development of biological complexity. Nevertheless, complex organisms did evolve. Biologists have puzzled over how this could have occurred for more than 35 years. In this talk, a possible solution to this conundrum will be presented. It turns out that a very early and extremely primitive type of sexual reproduction may have been crucial in allowing for the development of the amazing and complex adaptations that are everywhere in today’s living world.

Joel Peck is affiliated with the Department of Genetics, and has been a member of Clare Hall since 2012. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a Reader in the School of Life Sciences at The University of Sussex. Joel's research focuses on mathematical investigations of various evolutionary processes, including the evolution of social behaviour, and the evolution of sex. He is also interested in the design of human social institutions, such as voting systems.

Programme for Michaelmas 2015

22 October 2015

Qasim Ayub, The Kalash Genetic Isolate from Pakistan

29 October 2015

Jerry Kutcher, Geoffrey Keynes’ Twofold Vision: Medical Savant Connoisseur and Literary Bibliographer

5 November 2015

Literary Talk: Claire Nicholson, Virginia Woolf’s ‘frock consciousness’. Chaired by Trudi Tate

19 November 2015

Juliet Dusinberre, Reading, Writing and Resistance: Nella Last's War

26 November 2015

Richard Hayes, Stage and City: Joseph Papp and the Public Theater

10 December 2015

Literary Talk: Jane Goldman on Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Chaired by Susan Sellers

Note: In 2015-16, we have our traditional Clare Hall Thursday lunchtime talks some weeks, and occasionally we have  Literary Talks, which this year are on the theme of Virginia Woolf.




Welcome to the Clare Hall Thursday Lunchtime Talks, which take place during term time at 1pm in the Meeting Room, in the main College building.

These talks are a platform for sharing research in progress, work experience, and the presentation of published work. They serve as a sounding board for the thoughts and ideas from all members of the College, including spouses and partners. The presentations are about 35-40 minutes long, followed by a coffee break, and ending with a 15 minutes open discussion.

Please bring your lunch to the meeting. Fresh water, napkins and fruit are provided. If you feel that you would like to give one of these talks, please e-mail or see Lynne Richards, in the President's External Office (next to the Computer Room), in College.

We look forward to seeing you and for your ideas for future talks!

Updated  Jan.28.2013