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  • 09 May 201720:00

    Science Café: The robot as a friend
    The robots are coming. The present generations will live to see the day that the use of robots in the home is commonplace. What is more: we will not only use them, but rely on them and may be even come to love them. Is that something to look forward to or should we be worried? (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 10 May 201719:45

    Theater festival De Koffer: editie #18
    During their 4-day Festival, student theater De Koffer will treat you to a number of short plays. (Dutch spoken) Read more

  • 16 May 201713:00

    Introducing the Netherlands - Dutch Literature in Translation! *
    Most people outside of the Netherlands are familiar with some Dutch literary works through their cinematic adaptations. Despite this exposure, Dutch literature did not have similar widespread appeal abroad. Is the tide turning for the Big Three of Dutch Literature? What do the books of these authors have to say to an international public at the beginning of the 21th century? In this English lecture, we will read fragments from three novels of Reve (The evenings), Hermans (Beyond sleep) and Mulisch (The assault) and discuss their ‘translatability’. (language: English) Read more

  • 18 May 201714:45

    Training critical thinking - Introduction Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) *
    Training for students and teaching staff (Tilburg University), in which you can develop your critical thinking skills by means of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 02 Jun 201714:00

    Lecture Kieran Flanagan: The Dark Side of Modernity *
    With Brexit and crises over identity politics in an era of post-truth, legacies of Christianity also prove to be found in the dark side of modernity. In the annual lecture at the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Kieran Flanagan (Bristol University) explores a radical solution to this darkness: the re-invention of tradition in Christianity. (language: English) Read more

  • 19 Jun 201720:15

    Science Café XL: Ionica Smeets on misleading figures
    Figures do not lie, but they can easily conceal the truth. During Science Café XL, mathematician Professor Ionica Smeets will show how often and easily we are fooled by figures and graphs. You will never look at figures in the same way again! (language: Dutch) Read more



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