Category Archives: In the News

OU Arts and Humanities students and staff making the news

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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How Olympic opening ceremonies have changed from 5th to 21st Century

In LearningSpace, where you can find over 600 free online courses from The Open University, you can see how the Olympic opening ceremonies have changed from 5th to 21st Century. The opening ceremony forms part of The Ancient Olympics: Bridging … Continue reading

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The Olympic torch: truths & myths of torch traditions

The 2012 Olympic torch reached its final destination to light the Olympic Cauldron after millions celebrated its journey on its 70 day torch relay. Dr Aarón Alzola Romero has written about the truth and myths of the torch tradition, including … Continue reading

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8 Open University Students in Team GB

Eight OU students are members of Team GB in the 2012 Olympics Student Naomi Folkard is competing in archery. She is joined in the Olympic team by seven other OU students who are: hockey player Alex Danson; synchronised swimmer Katie Dawkins; … Continue reading

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Olympic welcome and official opening ceremonies from 5-21 Century

With the official opening of the 2012 Olympic games just 2 days away, we’re looking back at how the opening ceremonies have changed from a religious festival to a spectacular fiesta style display today. The Ancient Olympics were, in essence, … Continue reading

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The Robben Island ‘Bible’

The British Museum is displaying the ‘Robben Island Bible’ as part of their Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition – actually, it is the illicit copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, hidden from the guards for decades by Sonny Venkatrathnam … Continue reading

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Nigel Warburton: philosopher and writer in Sunday Times Twitter 100

The Twitter 100 (who to follow and why) 8,015 tweets, 24,248 followers It’s hard to sound intellectual in 140 characters but Warbuton, a senior philosophy bod at the Open University, manages it. Follow links to his thought-provoking podcast series, or … Continue reading

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