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The Edinburgh Lectures 2008/9


China is to take centre stage in the seventeenth series of the Edinburgh Lectures which begin next month. A range of challenging talks will take place in venues across the city following on from China's starring global role as host of the Olympic Games.

The opening lecture, from the City of Edinburgh Council presents Professor Stephen Blackmore who will discuss the role of the Botanic Gardens of Scotland and China in creating a sustainable future.

Other highlights include a panel discussion on the Chinese media at the Playfair Library and a debut lecture from Scotland's newest University, Queen Margaret, on the giant panda. Heriot Watt University present Dr Linda Yueh, a special adviser on China to the World Economic Forum, who will discuss Scotland and China in a globalising world.

Professor Craig Clunas of the University of Oxford talks Chinese modern art and the Open University presents a fascinating insight into life of Mao Tse-tung.

Lord Provost George Grubb who Chair's the opening lecture said:

"This, the seventeenth series of the Edinburgh Lectures, will to provide an insight into the economic, cultural and political life of the world's most populous nation.

"Our speakers will talk media, medicine, art, politics and pandas - a range of topics that will present China from a unique perspective starting in a year that Beijing wowed the world with the most spectacular Olympic Games ever."

The full programme and booking details can be found at:

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