WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts free lectures for members every other week during term time. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location, and if the lecture is at 1.15pm it is preceded by an optional buffet lunch. Wine is served before evening lectures.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
Although a printed calendar is sent out to members, dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN FEBRUARY
10 February 2016
Mongolia: Secrecy, Taboo, and the Sacred Tomb of Genghis Khan
Robin Ackroyd is the author of a book about the mystery of Genghis Khan’s death and burial in August 1227, almost 800 years ago. He trekked several hundred miles on horseback during an independent research expedition in northern Mongolia, and now outlines his findings. Robin ventured into wilderness once frequented by a young Mongolian called Temüjin – the future world conqueror Genghis, or Chinggis, Khan – and to where, ultimately, his secret tomb may be located. The author found, during the expedition and during his subsequent research, that Mongolian culture is imbued with taboos, in particular about death. These trace their roots back to Genghis Khan’s time and earlier, and help us understand why the whereabouts of the tomb has remained secret for so long.
[Whilst this lecture is sponsored for the RSAA, we point out that Robin’s expedition was totally independent and unsupported]
This lecture will be sponsored for the Society by
Where: Lunchtime lecture. Venue: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Lecture starts at 1.15pm and ends around 2.30pm. A sandwich lunch is available from 12.30pm and must be booked via the office by 2.30pm the day before. £7 & £10.
17 February 2016
In the Library Talk: IRAN
Iranian born Shirin Shabestari will describe how climbing changed her life as a girl growing up in Iran and where, in a country where ‘freedom’ can be an unattainable dream for many girls, how climbing and exposure to the mountains made her feel free, shaped her future, her dreams and made her want to explore. Her talk will include a short 15 minute film detailing her climbing exploits as part of her life as it is now.
Where: Royal Society for Asian Affairs
25 Eccleston Place
London SW1W 9NF
Tel: 020 7235 5122
Cash bar available from 6.00pm
Talk starts at 6.30pm
Places MUST be booked in advance by telephone. List is currently full with a waitlist
Tickets: Free. Attendees Members and their guests only
24 February 2016
A Series of Talks by Awardees: SPHMA for Travel & JP-T Medical Awards
The various awardees of the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award for travel and the JP-T Medical Awards report back to the Society about their projects and travels.
Where: Evening Lecture. Venue: St Peter's Church Parish Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1. Doors open 6.30pm with cash bar and nibbles. Talks start at 7.00pm and finish by 8.30pm.