SAS in the media

Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

Thursday 18 October 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Material from The Commonwealth Oral History project’s interview with Pik Botha , South Africa’s foreign minister under apartheid, is highlighted in The Conversation article ‘ Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions ’. Dr Sue Onslow , Reader and deputy director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), led the three-year research programme with support from ICWS director, Professor Philip Murphy .

Exploring Dag Hammarskjöld’s engaged spirituality

Tuesday 16 October 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Henning Melber , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), reveals the spiritual side of the Dag Hammarskjöld (the former United Nations second secretary-general who died in a mysterious plane crash 57 years ago) in the article, ‘ Exploring Dag Hammarskjöld’s engaged spirituality ’. 

The original meanings of the ‘American dream’ and ‘America first’ were starkly different from how we use them today

Monday 15 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
In interviews with the Smithsonian and Spiked Review , Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), outlines the unfamiliar origins of the familiar phrases ‘America first’ and ‘American dream’. She also features in several podcasts including the Thom Hartmann Program .

Professor Churchwell on Princess Eugenie’s Great Gatsby reading

Saturday 13 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies, comments, on BBC Radio 4 (at 1:56:22), on the selection of the Great Gatsby excerpt read at Princess Eugenie's wedding. The Daily Mail picked up the story, as did The Armed Post .

America has often come first but its dream has shrunk

Saturday 13 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Behold America: the Entangled History of ‘America First’ and ‘the American Dream’ Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), is reviewed in The Economist where it is described as a ‘timely and instructive’.

Political murders and South Africa’s next election

Wednesday 10 October 2018
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) , highlights, in a Guardian letter , the threat to democracy posed by political murders in South Africa. The letter was reproduced in Yahoo! UK and Ireland .

Professor Smith talks about drugs and consciousness on Radio 3

Tuesday 9 October 2018
Institute of Philosophy
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), discusses drugs and consciousness on BBC R3’s Free Thinking programme (at 23:07–25:04, 28:27–29:42, 35:30–37:07, 43:30–44:00).

Professor Churchwell choses her six best books

Monday 8 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES) reveals her six best books in The Week (print). They include Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pain by Vladimir Nabokov and Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

What does the Black Country smell like?

Friday 5 October 2018
School of Advanced Study
Being Human , the School’s annual festival of the humanities (15–24 November), features in the Express and Star and on BBC News Midlands Live . The stories focus on the University of Wolverhampton’s Snidge Scrumpin,Snidge Scrumpin,project that will explore the tastes and lost smells of the region while charting a new 21st-century palate in the memorably named Snidge Scrumpin’: mapping smell and memory event.

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