Monthly Talks Online

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. A second talk may, on occasion, be organised later in the month
  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.
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  Registration is required to reserve a place.

Upcoming Talks

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.


Wednesday 19 August 2020
11 a.m. – 12.15 p.m. via Zoom

Peter Webb : The Erotic Arts

This lecture will investigate the important role played by eroticism in the history of visual imagery, from prehistoric and non-Western cultures to Europe, concentrating on the change from celebratory eroticism in the Renaissance and up to the 19th century to compulsive eroticism in 20th century art. Peter’s extensive researches in this area led to the publication of his pioneering book The Erotic Arts (1975).

Peter Webb has degrees from Cambridge and London Universities and a Doctorate from the University of East Anglia. He taught the first degree course in England on the subject of The Erotic Arts at Hornsey College of Art in London in 1970 and lectured extensively on related topics throughout the seventies and eighties. After Hornsey, he taught at Middlesex University in London, and he retired as Reader in the History of 20th Century Art in 1996.


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.

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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

A recording of this talk is available to members who contact Please include your membership number in your email request.

Our second virtual monthly took place of Tuesday 7 June, when CEDU3A member and freelance consultant specialising in housing, urbanism and regeneration, Janet Sutherland, presented an array of choices for older people’s housing needs, from home adaptations to co-operative housing schemes, in the interests of independent living.

A recording of this talk is available to members who contact Please include your membership number in your email request.