A series of regular monthly talks that take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 11.00 a.m. online via the video conferencing application Zoom.
To enjoy the talks you must have access to a desktop or laptop PC, or a tablet or a smart phone loaded with the Zoom app.
There is limit to how many members may join each talk : registration is required to reserve a place.
Tuesday 7 July 2020
11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. via Zoom
Janet Sutherland : Our Homes for Our Future
Will our homes support our independence as we grow older? Or do we want to move? Let’s each do a ‘Homes for Life’ review: Will my home be easy to live in and maintain, close to amenities and transport? What changes do I need to make, and when should I make them?
If we would like to move, what would we like to move to, and when is the best time to make the move? I will provide some examples of moves made by local CEDU3A members and some images of inspirational ideas, in the UK and beyond. Our ideas could help shape our future choices, together we can influence. The right home can add years of independent living.
Janet Sutherland is a CEDU3A member and freelance consultant specialising in housing, urbanism and regeneration, with an interest in housing for older people, and is part of a national U3A group ‘Future Lives’. Janet has held senior housing positions with Lewisham and Camden, and was Director, JTP Cities and a Board Member and Chair of the Services Delivery Committee of Aldwyck Housing Group. She is a Director of the Academy of Urbanism and a member of Catalyst’s Customer Experience Committee, London Housing LIN’s steering group, Crouch End Neighbourhood Forum and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Tuesday 4 August 2020
11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. via Zoom
Gordon Hutchinson : A History of Alexandra Park
For some of us, Alexandra Park has played a larger than usual part in our lives during the Covid-19 lockdown, providing the opportunity for desperately needed exercise and relaxation. However, this is just the latest episode in the Park’s 157-year history. Alexandra Park often has second billing to the Palace when the stories of their pasts are written: the Friends of the Park are trying to put the record straight. Gordon will relate some of the highlights of the Park’s fascinating history – both in terms of the changes to the Park and the sports and entertainments which have taken place there – amply illustrated by images from the Palace and Bruce Castle archives and other sources.
Gordon is a CEDU3A member and Chair of the Friends of Alexandra Park.
Tuesday 1 September
11.00 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. via Zoom
Sheila Hayman : Senseless: is Artificial Intelligent?
In the past few years, we’ve been threatened, enticed and confused by the promise of superintelligent computers, that can do everything humans can, only better and faster. But can a disembodied calculating machine, that knows nothing but one and zero, really replace the evolved, embodied, animal intelligence of humans? Sheila Hayman’s documentary work in progress will make you radically rethink everything you’ve been told and emerge with a new respect for your own extraordinary abilities.
Sheila Hayman is a BAFTA and BAFTA Fulbright winning documentary filmmaker, and now Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Her work reflects a lifelong interest in the relationship between us and our technology: her 1993 BBC Horizon The Electronic Frontier introduced the world to the death of the High St, the computer in your pocket (ten years before the iPhone) and DeepFakes, including their political risks. After twenty-five years of screenwriting, novel writing and Guardian column writing, Senseless is her return to that world.
Previous monthly talks
Our first virtual monthly talk took place on Tuesday 2 June, when art historian Peter Webb delivered an illustrated lecture: Vincent Van Gogh: a personal journal through the places he painted