Inspiring and connecting: The King’s School’s talks open to all Sixth Formers

History Talk

1. King’s School TalkVienna 1890 to 1914 

Thursday 28th January 2021, 7:45 pm (GMT) online via Zoom Click here to sign up.

Dr David Perkins is the Head of Research (Art & Humanities) at The King’s School, Canterbury and will be presenting a King’s Talk on Vienna from 1890 to 1914.

Vienna 1890 to 1914 was a prime site of change in Western intellectual, cultural, and artistic life: it was a fertile breeding ground for what we now call modernism. There was a concentrated burst of creativity with genuine innovators in different fields: architecture, arts and crafts, economics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, psychoanalysis. Vienna was the city in which a good deal of modern art and thought emerged in a crisis of political disintegration, a crisis of disintegration that still speaks to us today. Fin de siecle Vienna was also Adolf Hitler’s Vienna.

Science Talk

2. The Royal Society TalkThe Race For A Vaccine 

Thursday 28th January 2021 6pm Click here for more details

Hosted by Professor Brian Cox, join the panel of expert speakers to discuss the collaborative global effort of the scientific community over the past year to develop the COVID-19 vaccine. They’ll explore what we currently know about the vaccines that are being deployed or in development and take a forward look at what the next few months and years may hold for us as we continue to tackle this universal public health crisis.

Geography /Geology Talk

3. King’s School TalkSupervolcanic Eruptions 

 Tuesday 2nd February, 7:45 pm (GMT) online via Zoom Click here to sign up.

Mike Mawby Head of Geology at the King’s School and will be discussing supervolcanic eruptionsPrior to joining the King’s School Mike worked at Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences.

General Interest talks

4. Kings School TalkKing’s To Kites 

Thursday 4th February 7:45 pm (GMT) online via Zoom   Click here to sign up.

(Wing Commander (Retired)) Ryan ‘Manners’ Mannering will be speaking about his career in the RAF and beyond. He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) after university and spent 22 years flying fast jets operationally across the globe. His career in the RAF was focused on war fighting and culminated in 2018 after his final tour supporting air operations in Syria. 

After the RAF Ryan transitioned to commercial flying as an airline pilot and became an active member of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force (RAuxAF). 

In his spare time he flies heritage jets, instructs in the RAF’s High-Gz Centrifuge and manages his Aerospace Consultancy firm.

5. King’s School Talk: ‘Bringing Heads Together to change the conversation on mental health’ 

Wednesday 10th February 7:45 pm (GMT) online via Zoom  Click here to sign up.

Imogen Hirsch presents ‘Bringing Heads Together to change the conversation on mental health’ Imogen initially worked in the Civil Service before joining the voluntary sector in 2010. After completing the Graduate Scheme at Cancer Research UK, she led the charity’s 2015 charity of the year partnership with the London Marathon before joining The Royal Foundation as Head of Operations for their Heads Together mental health campaign.
She has since taken on a Programme Development role, building and delivering a range programmes and campaigns tackling issues including mental health support in schools and the workplace, and cyberbullying.