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MLAC EVENTS BULLETIN: 12th – 18th February

Wednesday 14th February

MLAC Work in Progress Seminar: Literature and Film with Kerstin Oloff and Stephan Ehrig

12:00, ER152

Kerstin Oloff: Energy, Food and Literature

Stephan Ehrig: “Socialist Space? Approaching Modernist Space through German and British Literature and Film”

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Evidence in Education: challenges, lessons learnt and opportunities

13:00-14:00, School of Education, ED134

A seminar from Mr Thomas Martell from the Education Endowment Foundation and Visiting Fellow at Durham University’s School of Education, who will provide an overview of the EEFs work, share some of the lessons learnt in the EEF’s first six years, and look ahead to the opportunities and challenges to come.
Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking the link between family income and educational achievement. More than £96 million has been invested by the EEF and our funding partners in the evaluation of 160 projects since we began our work in 2011. These have involved more than 10,000 schools, as well as early years and post-16 settings, in England and reached over one million children and young people.

The EEF supports school leaders in three main ways:

  • Synthesising the existing evidence: most notably through our Teaching and Learning Toolkit
  • Generating new evidence: we are funding more trials in education than any other organisation globally and have commissioned some 10 per cent of all known trials
  • Scaling up evidence: we are currently experimenting with different approaches to putting evidence to work in schools

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Contemporary Art in Focus with Susie Green

14:00-20:30, TESTT & Durham Castle

Part of Susie Green’s residency at Durham Castle.

14:00 Artist’s talk at the TESTT Space, North Road
Durham. 19:00 – 20:30 Exhibition opening at the Tunstall Gallery, Durham


Durham Early Modern Group: Insulting Viceroys: Political Iconoclasm and Visual Communication in Early Modern Portuguese India

16:30, Seminar Room 1, History Department, Guiseppe Marocci (Exeter College, Oxford)

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Thursday 15th February

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Masculinities, Gender and Sport Seminar

17:30-18:30, Seminar Room 2, History Department, 43 North Bailey, Christopher Matthews (Nottingham Trent)

Title: Theorising Masculinity via Combat Sports – Some Lessons from Eight Years in the Gym

Organized under the auspices of the Institute of Advanced Study, the History Department and the Anthropology Department of the University of Durham in preparation for the 2018/19 IAS Research Project Masculinities in Martial Arts: East, West and Global South.

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Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture: Professor David Cockburn (Wales) – Fatalism; thoughts about tomorrow’s sea battle

17:30, Birley Room, Hatfield College, Professor David Cockburn (Wales)

Title: Fatalism; thoughts about tomorrow’s sea battle:

In recent discussions, ‘fatalism’ has been understood as the thesis that it is a logical or conceptual truth that no one is able to act other than she in fact does. But there is another view, which may have more right to the label, and that merits discussion: the view that nothing that we do will make any difference to how things turn out. It is this view that is central to Aristotle’s discussion of tomorrow’s sea battle, and, while it may face decisive objections, there are things to be learned from it. I will argue that philosophical ‘fatalism’ in both its forms characteristically rests on a picture of our situation that has deep roots in contemporary philosophy: a picture in which thought aimed at determining how things are has primacy over deliberation about what I should do; and, following from this, one in which our idea of ourselves as agents in the world stands in need of a metaphysical grounding. These roots are expressed in the place that the notion of a ‘proposition’ (or of a ‘thought’) has in much current philosophical thinking. It is a striking fact that the great majority of recent responses to the standard fatalist reasoning move within this same basic framework of ideas.

Poetry Reading and Book Launch: Return of the Gift

18:00-19:00, Hatfield College Chapel, Professor Michael O’Neill

rofessor Michael O’Neill launches his new collection, Return of the Gift.

Everyone is welcome to this special reading to celebrate Professor Michael O’Neill’s fourth book of poetry. Admission is free.

Return of the Gift is a volume about what is given and what is lost. Writing unsentimentally and with insight about powerful subjects such as the death of his mother, caring for his father, and his own recent diagnosis of cancer, the poet speaks of and to his personal and historical life and also explores themes of elegy and friendship. Memories are woven vividly throughout a thematically varied yet coherent collection, in which a witty and moving pleasure in living and language is always to the fore.

Michael O’Neill was born in Aldershot in 1953 and moved to Liverpool in 1960. He read English at Exeter College, Oxford. Since 1979 he has lectured in English at Durham University, where he is a Professor of English and currently an Assistant Director of the Centre for Poetry and Poetics. He co-founded and co-edited Poetry Durham from 1982 to 1994. His recent critical books include, as co-author (with Michael D. Hurley), Poetic Form: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1983 for his poetry and a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His previous collections of poems are The Stripped Bed (Collins Harvill, 1990), Wheel (Arc, 2008), and Gangs of Shadow (Arc, 2014).

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