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Ancestral Veneration

Ancestral Veneration: Honoring the Dead Across Cultures

Ancestral veneration is one of the oldest spiritual practices on the planet. Time honoured traditions of venerating and remembering those who have come before us, the dead and the long forgotten span across pre-colonial spiritual practices, seep into neo pseudo religious cult, saint followings and nearly every known culture across the globe. In this talk we explore what it means to honour or venerate one's ancestors.

Food & Art Through the Ages: From Renaissance Sugar Sculpture to 3D Printing

Food & Art Through the Ages: From Renaissance Sugar Sculpture to 3D Printing

Food and Art Through the Ages is a whistle-stop tour of the history of food as artistic medium; starting with 16th century sugar sculpture and venturing all the way up to 3D dessert printing and beyond. Hosted by food Historian Tasha Marks, this lecture is a treat for those with a sweet tooth, as Tasha feels the subject of food and art through the ages is most exciting in the realms of the dessert.

Books Read Aloud: ‘The Hunters’ by Claire Messud

Books Read Aloud: ‘The Hunters’ by Claire Messud

Unlike other book clubs that expect participants to read in advance and prepare for the conversation, we welcome anyone to join the meetings at any time and without any preparation. You just have to be there and enjoy the finest works of literature, read aloud by professional actors and English literature scholars. This time we will explore 'The Hunters' by Claire Messud.

Books Read Aloud: ‘Mrs Caliban’ by Rachel Ingalls

Books Read Aloud: ‘Mrs Caliban’ by Rachel Ingalls

Unlike other book clubs that expect participants to read in advance and prepare for the conversation, we welcome anyone to join the meetings at any time and without any preparation. You just have to be there and enjoy the finest works of literature, read aloud by professional actors and English literature scholars. This time we will explore 'Mrs Caliban' by Rachel Ingalls.

Painting my Michael Armitage, African artis

Contemporary African Art

The focus of this session will be to look at artists who draw inspiration from their roots and ancestry – whether it be their own personal histories relating to Africa, or their observation of the appropriation of African culture by the Western societies they are a part of today.

British colonialism through the lens art

British Colonialism Through the Lens of Art

What can art, from the time of British colonialism, tell us about history and culture then and now?  How has Imperial expansion shaped our perceptions of power, greatness and our understanding of nationhood?  Join us for a discussion of a selection of famous British art works.  We will unravel how they have influenced our perceptions of culture, beauty and heritage and still do in society today.  We will also challenge that notion, in a study of some of contemporary art's responses, that bring the Great British narrative into question.

Stoic philosophy

Stoic Wisdom Today

Stoicism has seen an astonishing revival over the past decade. But what is Stoicism? This interactive online talk aims to rectify distorted conceptions around the subject. After a short historical and philosophical introduction to Stoicism, we explore four central ethical themes: understanding what benefits us, choosing what promotes our well-being, developing a sense for what is up to us (and what is not), and being affiliated with others and the world around us.

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