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David Puttnam

Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series

On: 07 Nov 2017

Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series

The University of Leicester is delighted to welcome Lord David Puttnam CBE to deliver the next Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture entitled “The times they are a’changin”.

The lecture will be held in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre in the University of Leicester’s Fielding Johnson Building on Tuesday 7 November, commencing at 6.00pm. The event is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public.

In this presentation, Lord Puttnam will consider the developing social responsibilities of online media in the digital age, along with the challenges posed for policy-makers by the immense power, ‘intelligence’ and influence of the major platforms.

In particular, he will consider their impact on conventional media, on attitudes to issues as disparate as climate change and Brexit, as well as the political implications of recent developments in the technologies that drive these services.

Lord David Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company founded in 2012 that delivers audio-visual seminars to students all over the world. In addition to this, he is a member of the House of Lords where he pursues an active role in a variety of areas, from educational and environmental issues to digital skills.

Lord Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Local Hero. Together these films have won ten Oscars, ten golden globes, twenty-five Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1986 to 1988, he was Chairman and CEO of Columbia Pictures. He returned to the UK to produce The Memphis Belle, The War of the Buttons and My Life So Far. From 1994 to 2004, he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the British Film Institute.

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