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Being Human 2017 expands into a global ‘Lost and Found' 

Monday 26 June 2017
School of Advanced Study
Free historical re-enactments and walks, workshops, tastings, performance and talks   Being Human (17–25 November), the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, has gone global. It has expanded its reach in 2017 to include new events in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, the University of Melbourne and the University of London Institute in Paris. 

Reformation London – A European Divorce

Thursday 8 June 2017
Senate House Library
Senate House Library marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with ‘Reformation: Shattered World, New Beginnings’

New resource to chase civil war ancestors

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) at the School of Advanced Study has published a remarkable new biographical work, charting the lives of more than 4,000 officers who fought for Parliament during the first English Civil War of 1642-46. Entitled, Cromwell Association Directory of Parliamentarian Army Officers , it is a work of extensive scholarship which promises to transform historians’ understanding of those who took up arms against Charles I.

Caught in the web: historians and the ‘born digital’

Monday 8 May 2017
School of Advanced Study
The excitement of instant information from the internet for archivists and historians has been tempered by concerns about the shelf life of data — the so-called ‘black hole’ of lost material — and the rise of a new generation of ‘born digital’ government archives. For five days (12–16 June), academics, researchers, archivists, curators and IT developers from across the world will converge on London to address these issues at a Web Archiving Week event hosted by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the British Library.

How did teaching shape T.S. Eliot’s writing?

Wednesday 3 May 2017
Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons will be present at the University of London for its inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, celebrating the teaching work of T.S. Eliot. He will be giving a poetry reading of Eliot’s Four Quartets , following a keynote lecture by internationally acclaimed academic, Professor Ronald Schuchard. Professor Schuchard’s lecture, entitled ‘Eliot in the Classroom – 1916 to 1919’, will focus on the poet's early writing, much of which was shaped during his time as an extension tutor for the University of London.

Institute of English Studies director Rick Rylance appointed as the next Dean of the School of Advanced Study

Thursday 27 April 2017
Professor Rick Rylance, Director of the Institute of English Studies (IES), has been appointed the new Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study (SAS) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research in the University of London. He will succeed Professor Roger Kain CBE, FBA, who has led the School for more than seven years. Professor Rylance took over the IES directorship in December 2015. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group.

Wake up and hear the coffee? TA(s)TE at Tate

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Institute of Philosophy
Ever wondered why you like a certain painting or brand of coffee? Can our senses of taste and smell help define who we are? At a two-day event (27–28 April) at London’s Tate Exchange, come and experience for yourself some of the unexpected strategies our brain uses to make and share matters of taste, from the most sensory ones to our appreciation of art

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