29th September 2021

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń will host two on-line lectures organized as a part of the YUFE Academy.

The YUFE Academy is a sequence of lectures, workshops and activities travelling along the YUFE campi on “Citizens wellbeing”, YUFE’s second focus area, which will give interested students, staff and citizens a “feel” of YUFE. It is a platform aimed at strengthening European identity, raising awareness about social issues, providing solutions to global and local challenges, and making a true impact on Citizens’ wellbeing.

All lectures and other activities together cultivate into a programme one could follow entirely or only some parts of. All these little building blocks together make the YUFE Academy, a beneficial gathering and learning experience for YUFE students, staff and citizens.

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Lectures organized by NCU:

Paradoxes of Anthropocene

  • Speaker: prof. dr hab. Ewa Bińczyk
  • Abstract: The concept of the Anthropocene was introduced into the public discussion around the year 2000 by natural scientists, Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer. The experts wanted to emphasize that in the second half of the 20th century, homo sapiens, understood as a species, became a driving force of planetary significance, which resembled geological forces. The debate concerning the Anthropocene is assessed as a unique, unprecedented debate in the history of science, very important politically, methodologically, and full of incredible emotions. In my speech I want to focus on five structures of contradiction concerning the concept of the Anthropocene. These paradoxical topics plaguing the debate concern: 1) the very category of the Anthropo-cene, 2) the condition of the environmentalism in the post-natural world, 3) the shocking contrast between hyperagency of the few some and the helplessness of the many, 4) the massive scale of radical political challenges in the epoch of urgency and 5) the necessity of meaningful social mobilization in the context of the paralyzis and denialism.
  • Target audience: Open to all
  • Date and Time (CET): 5 October 2021, 13:00-14:30
  • Language: English
  • Registration due date: 28 September 2021
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Marijuana. Facts and Myths

  • Speaker: dr hab. Michał Wiciński, prof. UMK
  • Abstract: Overview of the endocannabinoid system. Analysis of potential uses of stimulation of cannabinoid receptors based on scientific evidence – reports on the effects of activation of cannabinoid receptors in selected disease entities. Prospects for future applications of other psychoactive substance utilization in therapy and related controversies. Risk of addiction.
  • Target audience: Open to all
  • Date and Time (CET): 12 October 2021, 17:00-18:30
  • Language: Polish
  • Registration due date: 5 October 2021
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