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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 16th February 2017

Will the Race Equality Charter make a difference to the white academy?

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Higher education is considered to be liberal, progressive and inclusive. Yet when we look at the recent statistics released by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), they suggest that this is far from the case.
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Thursday 16th February 2017
Thursday 9th February 2017

Tackling obesity and diabetes in diverse communities: why food matters

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The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes is a major global public health concern. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes currently affects 422 million people worldwide, with the prevalence almost doubling from 4.7 per cent in 1980 to 8.5 per cent in 2014. Similar trends are occurring in the UK, with cases of type 2 diabetes rising from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996, and this is projected to rise to 5 million by 2025.
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Thursday 9th 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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