SAS in the media

Universities and counter-terrorism

Wednesday 4 November 2015
The ‘Universities and counter-terrorism: PREVENT in practice’ conference organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) and Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), remains in the media spotlight with stories appearing in: the THE ; Liberal Democrat Voice ; The Telegraph ; The Herald ; Daily Mail ; Best Education News ; Education News ; Liberal England ; Breitbart.com ; Capital Bay ; the Christian Institute ; the Lancashire Telegraph (print edition).

Efforts to combat campus extremism may worsen problem says Vince Cable

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
The ‘Universities and counter-terrorism: PREVENT in practice’ conference organised by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies ( IALS ) and Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), features in The Guardian . The article focuses on former business secretary, Sir Vince Cable’s keynote in which he pointed out that new obligation on universities to balance free speech with counter-extremism is highly problematic. ‘Instead of intellectual challenge,’ he says ‘there will be a bland exchange of views which are inoffensive and politically correct.’

Dr Raphaële Mouren on how to describe and understand a book

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Warburg Institute
Dr Raphaële Mouren , librarian and deputy director of The Warburg Institute , talks about how to describe and understand a book printed in early modern times in Lyon, une capitale du livre à la Renaissance , a series of five films from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon , funded by the Université Ouverte des Humanités (UOH), a French national digital humanities programme which produces digital content for students and teachers. The full series is available on Lyon, une capital du livre à la Renaissance

Urban sprawl

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Professor Sarah Churchwell’s review of Garth Risk Hallberg’s much talked about debut novel, City on Fire , is available on page 55 of the New Statesman’s 23 October print edition. Professor Churchwell, SAS’s chair in public understanding of the humanities, says ‘ City on Fire is a formidable achievement in more ways than one, but it succumbs to the gigantism of a supersize culture – which perhaps, more than anything else, makes it a book for our time.’

Looming battle for Commonwealth top spot

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ) senior research fellow, Sir Ronald Sanders’s candidature for the Commonwealth secretary-general post is highlighted in a Nation News story about the contest for this eminent position. According to the Barbadian newspaper, within CARICOM Sir Ronald has ‘officially chalked up nine votes among the eligible dozen.’ Read the full story in Nation News

Being Human festival

Wednesday 28 October 2015
School of Advanced Study
The School of Advanced Study’s Being Human festival of the humanities continues to attract attention both in the media and on blogs.

Beautiful dishes from around the world

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Institute of Philosophy
Dr Ophelia Deroy , co-director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), speaks to Vogue about the connection between the look and taste of food. Dr Deroy points out that the roots of visually focused food presentation spread much deeper than those of the superficial displays produced by the current wave of Instagram-obsessed diners. She says medieval cookbooks featured drawings detailing how dishes should look to distract from a ‘lack of any great refinement in flavours’.  Read the full article in Vogue

ICWS fellow tell Nigeria’s story from its ‘birth’ up

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Richard Bourne’s  (Institute of Commonwealth Studies [ ICWS ] ) new book, Nigeria: a new history of a turbulent century , is reviewed in the UK, US and Asian editions of the Financial Times ( FT ). According to the review, the book argues that ‘an existential question about the unity of this diverse polity has never quite disappeared’ and sets out to tell the nation’s story from its ‘birth’ up to this year’s presidential elections. Read the review in the FT

Antony Gormley unveils art historian E.H. Gombrich Blue Plaque

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Warburg Institute
Ernst Gombrich, former director of The Warburg Institute and Professor David Freedberg, its current director, feature in the Hampstead and Highgate Express (print) and Artlyst.com . Both articles highlight English Heritage’s unveiling of a blue plaque on Ernst Gombrich’s former Hampstead home, which reads: ‘EH Gombrich (1909–2001) Art Historian lived here 1952 to 2001. Read the full article in the Hampstead and Highgate Express   Read the full article in Artlyst.com

Professor Greg Woolf reviews historical novels on Roman themes for the TLS

Wednesday 28 October 2015
Institute of Classical Studies
Professor Greg Woolf , director of the Institute of Classical Studies ( ICS ), has reviewed two recently published historical novels on Roman themes − ‘ Dictator ’ by Robert Harris, and ‘ Blood and Steel ’ by Harry Sidebottom − for the 23 October print and online [behind a paywall] versions of the Times Literary Supplement ( TLS ).

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