Over a decade of distinguished lectures

Guest lectures have been one of the key features of university life for centuries. They offer the chance to listen to some of the world’s greatest minds discuss issues of common interest in the finest detail.

Nottingham Trent University has had the privilege of hosting a number of distinguished speakers on a broad array of stimulating subject areas since 2006. The lectures are free, open to all, and are based on our City Campus.

Here you’ll find details of upcoming lectures and a brief outline of lecturers who have graced us with their presence in the past.

Selected lectures are filmed and put online approximately one week after the event. To view lecture videos, choose the relevant event from our Past Distinguished Lectures page and play the video.

For any other queries, or if you experience any difficulties with the online booking process, please email the Events Team.

March 2019

  • Wednesday 20 March 2019 - Jenny Sealey MBE, Great Expectations – The Journey of a Deaf Artist in the World of Disability Arts

    Jenny Sealey has been Artistic Director of Graeae Theatre Company since 1997.  She has pioneered a theatrical language experimenting with British Sign Language and English, creative captioning and audio description methods. This has become known as the aesthetics of access. It began with her production of Two and The Fall of the House of Usher and was developed through productions of Peeling, Bent, Blasted and recently The House of Bernarda Alba (co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester), and Reasons to be Cheerful which has now toured nationally and internationally.

    Jenny works locally, nationally and internationally and her work has recently been seen in Japan (Blood Wedding); Bangladesh (Romeo and Juliet); and Brazil (Belonging). She frequently works in Nottingham and productions such as The Threepenny Opera and Reasons to be Cheerful have been seen on the main stage of Nottingham Playhouse. Graeae’s ‘Iron Man’ could be seen walking the streets of Nottingham City Centre earlier in 2018.

    Jenny is a known and respected voice, nationally and internationally, in the promotion of accessible performances and in advocating for the rights of D/deaf and disabled people. Graeae is a global cohort of D/deaf and disabled artists that challenges perceptions and pushes for a cultural shift and an equal playing field.

    In 2009, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Honours list. Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award.

    Lecture synopsis

    Whose theatre is it anyway? A look at the diversity and politics of the work Graeae Theatre Company has created - challenging artistic forms, developing talent and unearthing the authentic voices of those who might never call themselves artists.

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