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The Gendered Brain: 50 shades of grey matter?

Tuesday September 10, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

From birth, many of us are led to believe that our gender determines our interests, abilities, strengths and weaknesses. Neuroscientist Gina Rippon of Aston University believes these messages impact our thoughts, decisions behaviour, and ultimately the structure of our brains.

Join her in conversation with neuroscientist Uta Frith from University College London as they discuss the ideas outlined in her new book ‘The Gendered Brain: the new neuroscience that shatters the myth of the female brain’. 

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Immersed in sound waves

Tuesday September 10, 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for this unique immersive music performance, developed by physicists and musicians from the University of Warwick and performed by the Coull Quartet.

Sound waves are in constant motion through our environments but how are they made? How do they travel and how are they perceived? Find out in this unique piece for string quartet and electronics which has been composed specifically for the Guildhall's Undercroft.

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A journey from Inferior to Superior

Tuesday September 10, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Science has a dark history when it comes to human difference, with scientists in the past abusing data and concocting theories that have perpetuated racism and sexism. In her award-winning book 'Inferior, and the latest Superior', Angela Saini tackles the issues surrounding bias in research and the misuse of science for political ends, both in history and today.

Join her as she reflects on some of the conversations the books have kickstarted across the country and on social media, and why taking an intersectional approach to inequality is important in the struggle for social justice.

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