The Centenary Lecture Series

The Centenary Lecture Series curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, will bring leading UK and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University's stunning state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus and the renowned Taliesin Arts Centre on its historic Singleton Campus.

The Centenary Lecture Series are sponsored by Swansea Building Society. 

Spring 2018 - Centenary Lectures
Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University


Wednesday 18th April     7:30 pm

Alex Beard - Natural Born Learners: Our Incredible Capacity to Learn and How We Can Harness It

Natural Born LearnersIn Natural Born Learners, Beard argues that we need to bring about a learning revolution, shifting from models of schooling designed to turn out compliant workers for a single routine job to one that uses cutting-edge advances in neuroscience, psychology and technology to personalise learning to each individual, and so maximise our collective intelligence, creativity and well-being.

Tackling everything from artificial intelligence to our growing understanding of the infant brain, from the roots of creativity to the way classrooms can be unwitting engines of extremism, Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea to the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution.


Alex BeardAlex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfill their potential. He’s fortunate to spend much of his time searching the world for the most promising educational practices and sharing his learning with teachers, school leaders and policymakers in forty-six countries. He’s so far visited schools in half of them. He has written for the Independent, Financial Times and Wired. This is his first book. Alex Beard is available for interview and to write articles. 



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‌(Photo Credit: Natalie Dawkins)


Wednesday 2nd May     7:30 pm

Dan Hoyle - The Real Americans

Dan HoyleAward-winning American playwright and performer Dan Hoyle spent 100 days traveling through small-town America, sharing meals and conversations with union coal miners, rural drug dealers, anti-war Veterans, and closeted gay creation theory experts.

Two Obama terms and 350 performances in a dozen cities later, this show, a wonderful piece of journalistic theatre, is back. Why? Because Donald Trump has made it all wildly relevant again. Come sit with the characters that made The Real Americans a runaway hit.

“Dan Hoyle’s smart, entertaining, funny, insightful, and surprising compassionate and ultimately hopeful, without being soft at all.”
The New Yorker

“Impressive, hilarious, moving and provocative. Beneath the masterful humour, a rich texture of human connections asserts itself.”
San Francisco Chronicle




Tickets: Full Price   £12.00    Concessions   £10.00    Students   £5.00

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Dan Hoyle is an actor and writer now based in Oakland, CA. His brand of journalistic theatre has been hailed as "riveting, funny and poignant" (New York Times) and "hilarious, moving and very necessary" (Salon). His solo showEACH AND EVERY THINGTHE REAL AMERICANS, TINGS DEY HAPPEN, FLORIDA 2004: THE BIG BUMMER, and CIRCUMNAVIGATOR--which all premiered at The Marsh in his native San Francisco--have toured the country and overseas including The Public Theater, Culture Project, AS220 (Providence, RI), Baltimore Center Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Mosaic Theater Company (Washington, D.C.), Portland Center Stage, Playmakers Repertory Company, Painted Bride (Philadelphia), The Lensic (Santa Fe, NM), The Park in Kolkata, India, and a five city tour of Nigeria.

Hoyle has been recognized with many awards, including the Will Glickman, Prize of Hope, Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, TBA, and Lucille Lortel (Nomination), been supported by grants from the Edgerton Foundation, the Pew Theater Initiative, the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Zellerbach Foundation, and been commissioned by Aurora Theater, First Person Arts, and San Francisco Playhouse and The Working Theater. He holds a double degree in Performance Studies and History from Northwestern University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 2005-2006. He has performed and led workshops at many universities including Columbia, Stanford, and NYU.

As an actor, Hoyle is currently in Aurora Theater's production of Widowers' Houses, and he recently appeared Off-Broadway in Samantha Chanse's FRUITING BODIES at The Sheen Center (The Claque). He has been featured in several web comedy series, playing everything from a struggling tech entrepreneur to a guy named Skeezy Steve.

His multi-actor plays include GAME ON (2014), co-written with Tony Taccone, which won the TBA award for Outstanding New Play, THE BLOCK (2016)which had a critically acclaimed World Premiere Off-Broadway (Working Theater), and GROW (2016), about growers in the cannabis industry, which was produced by Mendocino College in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California. In 2016-2017, he was an artist-in-residence at the Heyman Center for Humanities at Columbia University working on a new piece of solo journalistic theatre BORDERS/NO BORDERS. In April-May 2018, he will be an artist-in-residence at Trinity College, Dublin and perform at the Samuel Beckett Theater.