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Thursday 23rd March 2017

Triggering Article 50: the task that lies ahead

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On March 29, the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50, starting the official Brexit process. As a result, unless all parties agree to an extension, the UK will officially leave the European Union on 29 March 2019
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Thursday 23rd March 2017
Thursday 9th March 2017

Making Space: Celebrating Women at the University of Birmingham

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Following traditions established by the oldest academic bodies, the University of Birmingham has always immortalised its key protagonists, its figureheads and academics in portraits since its foundation in 1900. However, the portraits, which adorn public spaces around campus, are almost all of brilliant men.
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Thursday 9th March 2017
Thursday 23rd February 2017

The appliance of science and the taming of artistic licence

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To what extent can we use works of landscape art as proxy data for what the environment was actually like at the time of painting? Artists like Monet and John Constable can be trusted if care is taken to understand what the artist was trying to achieve. Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows was first exhibited in 1831 at the Royal Academy by John Constable.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day and Denial: Auschwitz in a post-truth age?

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In January 2000 the libel trial David Irving vs Penguin Books and Professor Deborah Lipstadt began in London. In April Mr Justice Gray delivered his judgement: Irving had 'deliberately falsified and distorted the historical evidence because he was an apologist for and a partisan of Hitler and on that account is intent on exonerating him.' Shortly after the trial started the government announced that from 2001, 27 January (the date of the liberation of Auschwitz) would be Britain's Holocaust Memorial Day.
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Thursday 2nd February 2017
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