From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvellous, often under-sung places that link our nation. Blending his usual insight and authority, Jenkins examines the geography, architecture and symbolism of these glories of our national heritage.
The renowned US writer and journalist David Rieff, author of A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis (2003), Against Remembrance (2012) and Swimming in a Sea of Death, in which he deals with the loss of his mother, the writer Susan Sontag, presents his new book, In Praise of Forgetting: Historical Memory and Its Ironies. In this work he reflects on historical memory and the voluntary option of forgetting with regard to traumatic historical events, questioning the ethical obligation to remember as the individual’s responsibility. In conversation with Jaime Abello Banfi.
Mario Bellatin es un prolífico escritor celebrado internacionalmente; entre sus más de cuarenta libros publicados destacan Salón de belleza (novela considerada de culto), Flores, El Gran Vidrio y los más recientes El libro uruguayo de los muertos y El hombre dinero. Por su parte, la escritora Margo Glantz ha ejercido durante muchos años como docente y crítica literaria; miembro de número de la Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, es autora, entre otros trabajos, de Las genealogías, Coronada de moscas, Yo también me acuerdo y el recientemente publicado Por breve herida. Ambos autores conversan con la escritora y editora Gabriela Jauregui sobre sus últimos trabajos.
El abogado argentino Luis Moreno Ocampo fue el primer Fiscal Jefe de la Corte Penal Internacional, donde se encargó de la investigación sobre crímenes contra la humanidad y la persecución y acusación ante la Corte a quienes los cometieron. Ocampo será entrevistado por el periodista mexicano Javier Solórzano sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en Latinoamérica.
Dos autores conversan con la periodista Mariana H sobre el movimiento gay: Frédéric Martel (Francia), investigador académico y autor, entre otros, de Cultura Mainstream y Global gay. Cómo la revolución gay está cambiando el mundo; y Guillermo Osorno, periodista, escritor y autor de Tengo que morir todas las noches, una investigación sobre el ambiente gay en la Ciudad de México de los 80.
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Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life. From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.
Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.
Chaired by Amol Rajan.
Óscar Guardiola Rivera es escritor, filósofo y profesor de leyes y derechos humanos en la Universidad de Birkbeck en Londres; es también columnista de The Guardian y El Espectador. Hablará sobre uno de los episodios más importantes en la historia de América Latina, el asesinato del presidente chileno Salvador Allende, del que trata en su último libro publicado: Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 [Historia de una muerte anunciada: el golpe contra Salvador Allende, 11 de septiembre de 1973].
The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.
For the first time since the Second World War, younger generations can expect less fulfilled lives than their elders. They may not be their betters, but in the second decade of the 21st century they surely are better heeled. Traditionally, society’s way of controlling the young has been to send them off to war. They would either die or learn ‘duty’. Now we send as many as 50% to university, from which they emerge encumbered with debt. Sutherland and Valentine attempt to defuse a ticking generational time-bomb.
Professor Littlemore and Dr Turner are co-investigators on the project ‘Death before Birth’. This examines how people who have experienced miscarriage, termination for foetal anomaly, and stillbirth, reach decisions concerning what happens to their babies after death, how their perceptions of the law impact on their decision-making, and how they communicate their experiences and choices to those there to support them. The project will also be examining the existing guidance on what happens to babies after they have died, investigating how it is interpreted in practice by professionals and the extent to which it takes account of the views, experiences and needs of the bereaved. Jeannette and Sarah will be talking about the ways in which people who have experienced pregnancy loss, and those who support, use language to make sense of and communicate their feelings about their loss.
A brief tour of lightning research, from generating powerful lightning bolts in Europe’s only university-based lightning laboratory, to the role of new materials in protecting commercial aircraft in flight from direct strikes, and to whether increased lightning due to global warming affects tree mortality in the tropics. Mitchard will bring us lots of exciting images and videos, from exploding piggy banks to the Nigerian rainforest, live Tesla coil demonstrations with music and the appearance of a tree struck nine times that survived.
Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his first voyage round the world from 1768-1771. A gifted and wealthy young naturalist, Banks collected exotic flora from Madeira, Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, the Society Islands, New Zealand, Australia and Java, bringing back over 1,300 species that had never been seen or studied by Europeans. On his return, Banks commissioned more than 700 superlative engravings between 1772-1784. Known collectively as Banks’ Florilegium, they are some of the most precise and exquisite examples of botanical illustration ever created. Studholme introduces a selection of the images and explains the process of producing them.