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Meetings schedule 2018 - 2019


20 October     Beauty and Art

                          Liz Prettejohn, Professor of Art History, University of York


             followed by the Annual General Meeting of York U3A at 11.40


What do we mean when we call a work of art 'beautiful'? Many modern artists have repudiated beauty as an aim for art. In a world of injustice, inequality, and unrest, how can we afford to spend our time contemplating beautiful works of art? This talk will argue that beauty -- far from being outmoded, irrelevant, or amoral -- is more important than ever in the world of the twenty-first century.


Liz Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art at the University of York. Her most recent books are The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture: Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso (2012) and Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War (2017). She has curated exhibitions on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John William Waterhouse.




10 November  The Wagoners’ WW1 Memorial at Sledmere House

                            Dorothy Nott


Pevesner called this astonishing sculpture ‘War stories in relief of curiously homely carving’. But the carvings tell anything but homely stories of the courage, inventiveness and resourcefulness of the wagoners who joined the Yorkshire original group to help supply the needs of the soldiers and wounded in the trenches of the First World War. Dorothy will tell their stories on the day before the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice of 2018.


Dorothy Nott is a recent chair of Friends of York Art gallery and committee member of York and East Yorks Art Fund and is now a research associate in the History of Art Dept at the University of York. After a career as a solicitor she completed a Ph.D. on British military painting with Liz Prettejohn.




15 December   Christmas Concert

                            Members of York U3A




12 January      Understanding Hearing Problems in Later Life

                           Andrew Grace;  Ears, Nose and Throat Consultant




9 February       Lendal Bridge: History and Conservation

                            Peter Little and Ivan Martin




9 March           Slavery Past and Present

                           Jim Walvin, retired professor, University of York




13 April           The Purpose and Possible Publicity of Clinical Trials

                           C. Marc Taylor, Chair, UK Clinical Trials Registry




11 May           The New Working Class

                      The Henry Mills Memorial Lecture

                         Claire Ainsley, Executive Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation




8 June           Memory Training: What was I saying?

                         Alan Swann



13 July           The Independent Traveller

                          Doreen Magill




                        August - no meeting

York U3A Saturday Meetings

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Further details of each meeting, and the speaker's background, will also be published ahead of time:


- in the York U3A newsletter


- by email, a week before, to members with email addresses on file



The Central Methodist Church Hall (St Saviourgate) will be open from 9.30 am.   Please enter up the ramp to the right of the church itself.


Tea, coffee and biscuits are served from 9.30 am to 10.15 am


Talks start at 10.30 am  and finish at approximately 11.45 am


Members are charged* £1.50 entry;  members' guests £3.00

Please remember to bring your membership card!



* except the Henry Mill Memorial Lecture which is free of charge to all

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*** Our Saturday Meetings all take place at the Central Methodist Church Hall, St Saviourgate, York  YO1 8NQ   ***