New OU/BBC Series: Genius of The Modern World

Genius-of-the-modern-worldOn Thursday 16th June 2016, Genius of the Modern World will be shown on BBC4 at 21:00.

Produced with the support of the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, in this three part series Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world: Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Born in the 19th century they lived through a time when old certainties were breaking down, regimes were overthrown by mass uprisings and science was undermining religious authority. Their challenge was to figure out what makes us human in a fast-evolving world.
Part 1: Marx – born wealthy, became angry, idealistically radical, constantly on the run for his political agitating and incendiary writing. Marx’s explosive analysis of capitalism, Das Capital, was largely over-looked in his lifetime, and only 11 people attended his funeral. Yet his ideas would generate one of the most influential, and divisive ideologies in history. Drawing on new evidence Bettany reveals the flesh-and-blood man and his ground-breaking ideas.
Part 2 Nietzsche – Bettany travels across Europe in the footsteps of the both brilliant and dangerous German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. His uncompromising and often brutal ideas smashed the comfortable assumptions of religion, morality and science. Yet appropriated by the Nazis, his work is amongst the most devastatingly manipulated and misinterpreted in history. His philosophical quest led him to isolation and ultimately madness, but his ideas helped shape the intellectual landscape of the modern world.
Part 3 Freud – Bettany travels to Vienna on the trail of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis. Freud’s influence surrounds us in our vocabulary; repression, penis envy and the Freudian slip. Also in the freedom we take for granted to talk openly about our deepest feelings and insecurities. A pioneer in the study of the human mind, Freud’s psychoanalytic methods addressed emotional issues seldom even discussed in the 19th century. Talking to his patients inspired his radical understanding of the unconscious mind, as a repository of hidden repressed emotions, and irrational primal desires.
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OpenLearn has extensive content in connection with the programmes. For more information go to http://www.open.edu/openlearn/whats-on/tv/genius-the-modern-world (Please note that content may not be available before the date of broadcast).
This series was commissioned by the Open University, and supported by the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Nominated Academics for the series are Dr Gerry Mooney, Dr Manuel Dries, and Prof. Paul Stenner and the Media Fellows are Sue Hemmings and Dr Chris Williams

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The Greeks didn’t have a word for it [homosexuality]

“The word ‘homosexuality’ only goes back to 1869”: Prof Helen King explores how the ancient Greeks didn’t even have a word for it through revisiting Sir Kenneth Dover’s Greek Homosexuality, first published in 1978. 

“A genital act was not in itself morally right or morally wrong, and what mattered was whether it was welcome and agreeable to all the participants.”

Read Prof King’s piece in the original English at https://sharedconversations.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/the-greeks-didnt-have-a-word-for-it/ or in its Portuguese translation at http://www.rnottmagazine.com/#!Os-Gregos-não-tinham-uma-palavra-para-isso/c109z/575c74ce0cf2cc77abffc4f1

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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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