Category Archives: In the News

OU Arts and Humanities students and staff making the news

Rik Mayall, willies, and x-rated ancient comedy

Dr James Robson (Classical Studies) wrote in the London Evening Standard on 17 June that he “was surprised last week to see that an X-rated warning had been slapped on the downloads in my Birth of Comedy course, now near … Continue reading

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The Rest is Noise: Post-War World, 5-6 October 2013

This is the eighth weekend in a series of events at the Southbank Centre exploring 20th Century music. The Rest Is Noise festival is one of The Southbank’s most ambitious classical music undertakings to date, a cultural and musical history … Continue reading

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Britten’s Centenary – The Rest Is Noise Festival, 28-29 Sept

Britten’s Centenary is the seventh weekend in a year long series of events at the Southbank Centre exploring 20th Century music. The Rest Is Noise festival is one of The Southbank’s most ambitious classical music undertakings to date, a cultural … Continue reading

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Easy Listening?

The final episode of The Sound and the Fury broadcast on BBC Four on Tuesday 26 February 2013. Following the turmoil of totalitarianism and war, Easy Listening looks at how post-war composers began to bring back elements of rhythm, metre … Continue reading

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Disability vs enhancement – BBC’s Newsnight looks at Eugenics 100 years after the 1st Int Eugenics Congress.

Last night Newsnight on the BBC talked about eugenics and asks the question “If you knew for certain your child was going to be born with a disability, would you, should you still have a baby?”.  Prof James Moore, social … Continue reading

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Aspirational Imagery

Dr Paula James, Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, writes on the influence of Greco-Roman figures, motifs and allusions in a piece for the Morning Star. Dr James’s and Dr Annie Revanhill-Johnnson’s book of essays, Emblems of Hope, which brings the … Continue reading

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When the Church flexed its muscles, Church Times article

Peter Street, Associate Lecturer on (AA100) The arts past and present, reports for The Church Times: ‘Christians have sometimes felt that sport poses unfair competition.’ THE Church, sport, and the laity have had an uneasy relationship over the centuries. In … Continue reading

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