What is Arts Student Hub Live 2016? #studenthublive16

The next Student Hub Live event on the 10 and 11 June is an Arts Hub event. This is for all people who have a passion for the Arts – anyone is welcome, especially those who are studying or researching the Arts. http://studenthublive.kmi.open.ac.uk/

It will be a celebration for those who are completing modules and a chance to look ahead at the next steps, particularly for students at the end of Level 1. Involving students, tutors and lecturers, it’s a packed programme full of things you might not expect.

We have a day and evening line up covering English, Creative Writing, Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Music, History and more. The Level 2 module teams will be telling us about what’s exciting about their modules, including the new modules being presented for the first time in 2016. If you’ve already taken a module at Level 2, come along and tell us and other students what you enjoyed most about it.

As well as discussions about modules and subjects, we’ll be exploring how to manage digital media to support your studies, and how to identify career and employability skills from your Arts studies, with useful sessions about resilience and managing disappointment, and what to do if you change your mind about your choices.

In the evening we will be having lots of fun with our interactive quizzes, where you can play along against our studio panel, and discussions about the Arts. Watch philosopher pugilists duke it out; Classicists ‘show and tell’; Art Historians dissect artefacts; and how randomly picked objects relate to the Arts. You’ll even discover why Arts students are dangerous!

The full event programme, with more details, is available on the website. You can pop in and out as you wish during the event, and access the event from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. You can watch the discussions, and engage with other people in the chat box.

Not only can you talk to others in our Open University Community about pretty much anything that’s on your mind, but you can also ask the panel questions, and we bring all of your contributions into the event via our Social Media team.

All the information for the event is available on the website. Please add the event to your calendar and if you give us your email address by clicking the “count me in button”, we can keep you updated. If you can’t attend during the set times, there is also a catch up service!

Sign up and explore the event at http://studenthublive.kmi.open.ac.uk/ . That’s also where you access the event by clicking the “Watch now” button when the event is on.

You can view the taster videos on the Student Hub site, on the Arts Facebook page http://bit.ly/22q8Y8D or via our youtube channel playlist http://bit.ly/1WVZ4fz . All the latest news is on Twitter #studenthublive16

These events really are great fun – hope to see you there on 10 and 11 June.

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Arts Student Hub Live 10-11 June

Arts Student Hub LiveThe next Student Hub Live event on the 10 and 11 June is an Arts Hub event. This is for all people who have a passion for the Arts – anyone is welcome, especially those who are studying or researching the Arts. http://studenthublive.kmi.open.ac.uk/

It will be a celebration of completing modules and a chance to look ahead, particularly for students at the end of Level 1. We will have a day and evening line up covering English, Creative Writing, the Classics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Art History, Music, History and more. The Level 2 module teams will be telling us about what’s exciting about their modules for those thinking of taking one, or you already have, tell us what you enjoyed most about it. In the evening we will be having lots of fun with our interactive quiz where you can play along against our studio panel, and discussions about the Arts as well as useful advice for students such as our session about resilience.

If you look at the website you can see the programme, and during the event you can pop in and out as you wish. You can access the event from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone, and from there you can watch the discussions, and ideally engage with other people in the chat box.

Not only can you talk to others in our Open University Community about pretty much anything that’s on your mind, but you can also ask the panel questions and we bring all of your contributions into the event via our Social media team.

All the information is available on the website, and that’s also where you access the event by clicking the “Watch now” button when the event is on. Please add the event to your calendar and if you give us your email address by clicking the “count me in button” we can keep you updated. If you can’t attend during the set times, there is a catch up service also!

These events really are great fun – hope to see you there on the 10 and 11 June.

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Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present

‘Reading Communities’ is a follow-on project from the UK Reading Experience Database (RED). RED is an open access database, and the largest resource recording the experiences of readers of its kind anywhere.

Running from December 2015 to November 2016, ‘Reading Communities’ is a 12 month AHRC project, led by Dr Shafquat Towheed, with Dr Edmund King, and Dr Maya Parmar, who are all based in The Open University’s English Department.

The project team is staging a series of themed events around the UK. Event activities include hands-on workshop sessions, round table discussions with members of reading groups, public lectures by acknowledged experts in the history of reading, oral history interviews, and literary readings.

Events will be timed to coincide with reading-related events and anniversaries throughout the year and all events are open to the public and are free to attend.

In April the team visited Belfast, partnering with the OU in Northern Ireland and Verbal Arts. NvTv, a community TV station, visited us during our day of interactive events, producing a film. They broadcast the programme called ‘Focal Point’ on Friday 15 April at 7.00pm, and you can see the programme at http://www.open.ac.uk/research/reading-communities/

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Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present

‘Reading Communities’ is a follow-on project from the UK Reading Experience Database (RED). RED is an open access database, and the largest resource recording the experiences of readers of its kind anywhere.

Running from December 2015 to November 2016, ‘Reading Communities’ is a 12 month AHRC project, led by Dr Shafquat Towheed, with Dr Edmund King, and Dr Maya Parmar, who are all based in The Open University’s English Department.

The project team is staging a series of themed events around the UK. Event activities include hands-on workshop sessions, round table discussions with members of reading groups, public lectures by acknowledged experts in the history of reading, oral history interviews, and literary readings.

Events will be timed to coincide with reading-related events and anniversaries throughout the year and all events are open to the public and are free to attend.

In April the team visited Belfast, partnering with the OU in Northern Ireland and Verbal Arts. NvTv, a community TV station, visited us during our day of interactive events, producing a film. They broadcast the programme called ‘Focal Point’ on Friday 15 April at 7.00pm, and you can see the programme at http://www.open.ac.uk/research/reading-communities/

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OU/BBC – Shakepeare Live! From the RSC

On Saturday 23 April 2016 an OU/BBC co-production with the RSC will mark Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death with Shakespeare Live! From the RSC in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, hosted by David Tennant. This will be shown live on BBC2 at 20:30 and will also be screened live to 368 cinemas in the UK and Europe.
Shakespeare LiveDavid Tennant will be joined by Judi Dench, Rufus Wainwright, Ian McKellen, Joseph Fiennes, English National Opera, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Paapa Essiedu, Alison Moyet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Al Murray and the Royal Ballet, Helen Mirren, Gregory Porter, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear, Rufus Hound, Henry Goodman, The Shires, David Suchet, Simon Russell Beale, Roger Allam, Antony Sher, Harriet Walter, John Lithgow, Alexandra Gilbreath, Tim Minchin, Anne Marie Duff, Pippa Nixon, Orchestra of the Swan, the cast of Horrible Histories and Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra. This once-in-a-life-time cast, assembled and directed by Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC, will come together to stage a unique show in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The performance will be given in front of an invited audience, which will include His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, President of the RSC, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, as well as RSC supporters, partner schools, theatres and local residents.
The programme features Shakespeare-inspired work spanning the musical genres, including hip-hop, blues, musical theatre, jazz, opera and classical numbers based on his plays. The show will open with a rendition of ‘Tonight’ from West Side Story, choreographed by Will Tuckett and performed by 19 of the most gifted musical theatre students from across the UK. Country duo The Shires will perform a special interpretation of Shakespeare’s poem ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’; Henry Goodman and Rufus Hound will give their own rendition of Brush Up Your Shakespeare from the musical Kiss Me Kate; and the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra will perform Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder.
Dr Jonathan Gibson is academic consultant for the programme, and Dr Chris Williams is the Arts Faculty Media Fellow.
OpenLearn has extensive resources and information on Shakespeare to support this programme and other programmes that mark the 400th anniversary. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/histo…
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Pelagios Commons: finding Geography in History

An international collaboration dedicated to identifying and recording geographical references in historical documents is launched today at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. The Pelagios Commons initiative, led by Lancaster University, The Open University, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, and the Institute of Catalans Studies, will involve over a hundred partners and significantly enhance access to and use of invaluable online historical resources. The work is funded by US-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with two grants totalling $1,264,000.
Tools previously developed by the team to record and visualize historical geography are already being used by institutions and experts from 13 countries in 8 different languages. “We’ve been amazed at the variety of periods and genres our partners have been able to apply our tools and techniques to,” said Pelagios Commons lead, Dr Leif Isaksen, Lancaster University. “Places are a constant source of reference in almost every genre of communication throughout history: from the earliest cuneiform tablets, to medieval maps, to modern correspondence networks. By identifying them we can not only map and cross-reference them, but open up entirely new research possibilities.”
While the project’s software has already allowed historians and classicists to see ancient documents in a new light, “making these software tools more accessible to a wider audience is one of the project’s principal aims, says Pelagios Commons Technical Director, Dr Rainer Simon, AIT. “Empowering more people to contribute collectively – publishing material online, transcribing resources, collaborating in their interpretation – is key to building up an unprecedented body of open data about the geography of the past, available online, and to everyone.”
Yet the focus of the project is not solely technology. “The most important aspect of Pelagios Commons is the human factor,” said Community Director, Dr Elton Barker, of The Open University. “Digital approaches to the Humanities are more than algorithms and Big Data. It’s about rethinking how we can all contribute to our knowledge of the past in a medium that is decentralised, open and dynamic.”
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How to Die – OU/BBC documentary

How to Die: Simon’s Choice  broadcast on Wednesday 10th February 2016, on BBC2 at 9pm.  This film tells the dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

Simon is a successful business man with a loving family and large circle of friends whose world falls apart when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Within weeks of the diagnosis the disease causes Simon to lose the use of his voice. Faced with the prospect of a rapid physical decline, Simon tells his family that he is considering ending his life at a Swiss suicide clinic.

This intimate and deeply moving film follows Simon and his family and friends as they grapple with the huge moral, emotional and legal dilemmas around Simon’s choice. Their conflicting perspectives unearth difficult questions for Simon which mean that his heart-wrenching decision is hanging in the balance until the very end.

Shot against the back-drop of the recent parliamentary debate on the assisted dying bill, Simon’s remarkable story explores the complex human questions at the heart of this deeply divisive issue.

Online:

OpenLearn has a wealth of information and resources on the topics featured in the series, including a discussion hub where you can have your say about the issues around assisted suicide.  For all this and more, please visit our website at http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/how-die-simons-choice

This documentary was commissioned for the University by the Open Media Unit , and is supported by the Faculty of Arts (alongside the faculty of Health and Social Care).

  • Commissioned by Dr Caroline Ogilvie
  • Nominated Academic, Arts, Prof. Derek Matravers
  • Nominated Academic, HSC Dr Samantha Murphy
  • Media Fellow, Arts, Chris Williams
  • Media Fellow, HSC, Janet Bardlsey
  • Broadcast Project Manager, Caroline Green
  • OpenLearn Online Project Producer, Freyja Taylor-Law
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Digital Humanities workshop

Experimenting with British Library’s Digital Content and Data for your research (Open University)
A workshop organised by British Library Labs and Digital Humanities at The Open University as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2016).

The workshop will showcase some of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards. This will be followed by presentations about research at the Open University. Finally, the session will end with an ‘Ideas Lab’ encouraging participants to explore, experiment and think of ideas of what they might do with the British Library’s digital content and data. A panel will give feedback on the ideas and there will be a British Library goody bag for the best one!

Abstract:

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how institutions like the British Library support the research needs of their users. Will people discover new information when they are no longer restricted to viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the BL build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless of whether it is a televised news report or a unique signature drawn in the margins of a map? How can BL use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to better judge and interpret the context of illustration or work? How can BL exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information found in our holdings?

This is the research space that British Library Labs team explores and this workshop is an opportunity for researchers at the Open University to meet them and share research questions and innovative ideas around this space.

Date and Time:
Monday 29th February 2016, 1200-1500

Location:
Library Presentation Room, The Open University Library, Milton Keynes

Please register for the seminar through this Eventbrite page by 22 February.

 

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Siobhan Campbell wins International Poetry Competition

Siobhan Campbell, Lecturer in Creative Writing, has won the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition judged by Bernard O’Donoghue and Hannah Lowe. The prize will be awarded at a ceremony and reading at Oxford Brookes International Poetry Centre on 19 February 2016.

For further information, and to read Siobhan’s poem (and others), go to: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/

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Competition: What have the Arts ever done for us?

A creative competition for the best defence of studying the Arts, open to current or past Open University students. It could be a poster, a poem, a short piece of prose, a video, or animation – whichever you feel would best allow your feelings full rein. The prize is £100 Amazon token, to be spent how you like.

What do you need to do?

  • Keep it short – a maximum of 100 words for prose or poetry, or 2 minutes for moving presentations
  • Submit your entry by 23:59 GMT, Monday 1 February 2016

Winner will be announced on Monday 29 February.

How to submit

  • All applicants should include their OU PI (Personal Identifier) number with their entry.
  • All entries should include contact details (phone, email, postal address)
  • Moving presentations (video, animation) should be posted online, with a link emailed to arts-faculty-information@open.ac.uk . Entries posted online should be downloadable.
  • Prose, poetry or poster entries may be emailed or posted, to arrive before the deadline.
  • Email entries to arts-faculty-information@open.ac.uk with ‘What have the Arts ever done for us? Competition’ in the subject line
  • Postal entries to:

What have the Arts ever done for us? Competition,
Faculty of Arts Deanery,
The Open University,
Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes,
Buckinghamshire,
MK7 6AA,
United Kingdom

  • Video/animations

·.mov file format
·16:9 ratio
·Minimum of 1280×720 resolution
·H.264 compression at ideally no lower than 4000 kbits/sec (although ‘auto’ settings are normally fine)
·Sound should be in stereo if possible, however if size is an issue then switching to mono is acceptable.
·no longer than 2 minutes
·No bigger than 1GB in total file size

The small print:

  • Prize must be taken as offered and is not transferable or exchangeable for a cash equivalent.
  • This competition is open to all current and past students of The Open University.
  • Entries must be received by 23.59 GMT on the closure date (1 February 2016) to qualify.
  • The promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the promoter by the relevant closing date and time for any reason.
  • It is the responsibility of competitors to ensure that their entry’s content is either free of copyright or cleared for copyright purposes with relevant permissions.
  • The winner will be selected from entries submitted by the closing date and time, and will be notified on 29 February 2016 or thereafter.
  • The Open University may use the winning entry for publicity purposes to include but not limited to any of the following: Press releases; Press advertisements; Case study material; Promotional literature including brochures, leaflets, prospectuses, newsletters and posters; Websites associated with the OU and other approved external websites; Television promotion and associated literature and Social media activities.
  • Entries are taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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