Monthly Archives: May 2012

Seminar: Britain, Empire and Afghanistan, 12 June 2012

The Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies is pleased to announce the following seminar: Britain, Empire and Afghanistan Date:    12 June 2012 Time:    1.30pm Venue:  Library seminar room 2, The Open University, Milton Keynes Speaker Shane Malhotra will give … Continue reading

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War as Spectacle colloquium supported by Department of Classical Studies

War as Spectacle colloquium This one day symposium will explore the theme of war as spectacle in classical antiquity and its reception in subsequent centuries, down to the present day. The event is generously sponsored by the Faculty of Arts … Continue reading

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Is it true that the English are ignorant about British history?

Last week The Guardian wrote the article: Devolution and the separation of the English mind in which Martin Kettle, journalist, said “the history that I devoured at school and university was British history in name only. In reality it was … Continue reading

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The THE on Social Science Bites

The Times Higher Education writes about the new website Social Science Bites: Tasty morsels on the social science menu Leading social scientists are distilling some of their biggest ideas into an easily digestible series of podcast interviews. Officially launched on … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak dies at 83

Maurice Sendak started his career as an illustrator and gained international acclaim after writing and illustrating Where the Wild Things Are. He wrote some 17 books and was a prolific illustrator, but was best-known for his 1963 tale of Max, … Continue reading

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HEA Student image competition, 2012

Student image competition, 2012 Is this as good as it gets? To celebrate the experience in the Arts and Humanities The Higher Education Academy are running a student competition to find an photograph/digital image which captures how it feels to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Howard Carter: English archaeologist and Egyptologist

Howard Carter, famous as the discoverer of KV62 the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Egypt in 1922.  His death at 65 is the most common piece of evidence put forward by skeptics to refute the … Continue reading

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Creativity matters: The OU wins £226,000 to investigate creative citizenship

A research project is delving into the challenge of how new media can help citizens to shape their own environment. The Open University has been awarded GBP226,000 to undertake research on ‘community-led design’, which will establish the value of creative … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t Old Philosophy Just History? Festival of Ideas, 13 May

We’re constantly told to look at the wisdom of the old philosophers. But shouldn’t they now be consigned to history? Julian Baggini, author of The Ego Trick: What it Means to be You, among many books, joins Natalie Haynes (The … Continue reading

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Olivia Plender Exhibition uses archived OU TV footage

The Open University has collaborated with the artist Olivia Plender in her current solo show at Milton Keynes Gallery, providing archived TV programmes from the Art and Environment course, first presented in the late 1970s. These are shown on television … Continue reading

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