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Forthcoming events

The Intellectual Forum runs a diverse programme of events across the year, so please check back regularly and sign up for our mailing list.

We have the following scheduled events upcoming:

Film Screening and Discussion of The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire

17:30-20:00 on 26 April 2018, Brewery Room, West Court, Jesus College. Tickets available here.

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate. With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider’s Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.

Professor Barry Rider (Professorial Fellow, Centre for Development Studies) will chair a panel of John Christensen (Producer, Investigative Economist and Activist), Michael Oswald (Director and Producer) and Professor Jason Sharman (Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge). A wine reception will follow the screening and discussion.

Building a Business within the Creative Industries: An Evening with Flora Alexandra Ogilvy

19:00 on 2 May 2018, Frankopan Hall, West Court, Jesus College. Tickets available here.

Flora Alexandra Ogilvy is the founder of Arteviste, which helps companies to inspire their audiences by engaging with the contemporary art world. They create editorial, video, and events-based content with a focus on the younger end of the market for clients such as Soho House, Artnet and Frieze. Recent press includes The Daily Telegraph and W Magazine. Flora also lectures on art and business at Christie’s, Sotheby’s, The Courtauld and Imperial College as well as writing for publications such as Artnet, Lula Magazine and Suitcase. Her focus is on empowering students with a lack of experience or resources to understand how they can use technology and networking to build a successful business within the creative industries. Alongside internships at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, Flora started her business during her History of Art degree. As well as being an entrepreneur, she is also described as a motivational speaker, curator, art dealer, and journalist. Exploring multiple revenue streams and managing your money effectively is at the core of start-up culture - a practical issue explored during her lecture. With a focus on building a business within the creative industries, Flora will offer advice on building an online presence, navigating social media, professional relationships, public speaking, and networking as well as questions like choosing a workspace or developing a routine. All of this information will combine with insight into the contemporary art market itself.

Rustat Conference on Intergenerationality: how can we bridge generational divides?

21 June 2018, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, attendance by invitation only.

For the first time, the 2017 General Election revealed that age was a stronger determinant of voting patterns than class. In the EU Referendum, polling shows young voters overwhelmingly supported Remain while older people backed Brexit. The data suggests a widening gap between generations, not only politically but also socially and economically. How will this impact our society in the years ahead? To what extent can we reduce divides through changes in housing, institutions and technology? Does it make sense to lump people together in generational groups anyway? This Rustat conference will draw together experts from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to explore how generations and individuals can work together.

Rustat Conference on Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity

21 September 2018, West Court, Jesus College, Cambridge, attendance by invitation only.

Highly skilled staff are a crucial element of most companies and organisations. Recruiting the right person is a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive task. However, many organisations fail to recruit sufficiently widely, missing out in particular on women, people from ethnic minorities, or people with disabilities. Having recruited people, it is very beneficial to be able to retain them – retraining people is very disruptive. However, again many organisations struggle to be able to retain all the staff they would like to keep. Also, the nature of work is changing. This conference explores how to find, attract, and keep the best people in light of changing work patterns and places, as well as careers. We bring together experts from a range of backgrounds to discuss how we can reconfigure recruitment, retention, and the career “pipeline”, making sure in the future people can find the places best able to support them.

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