British History Online ( BHO ), the Institute of Historical Research’s digital library, is named by Family Tree Magazine as one of the top 50 genealogy websites that contains ‘surprising riches for family historians.’
SAS in the media
In a wide ranging Irish Times interview Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ), touches on how taste works, people’s assumptions about perception, and why ‘armchair’ thinkers who eschew the discoveries of biology and neuroscience are ‘missing fundamental facts about our experience’.
Professor Philip Murphy , director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), responds to a Times story headlined ‘Hidden truth about the royals’ Nazi links’, which he believes raises a ‘broader issue around access to historical documents relating to the British royal family’. In his letter Professor Murphy underlines the importance of a ‘proper historical understanding of how this institution has functioned in our lifetimes’ in any discussion about the future of Britain’s constitutional monarchy.
Professor Ronald Schuchard , senior research fellow at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), looks at how T. S. Eliot’s time at the University of London shaped his work. His article in the Times Higher Education magazine was written ahead of last night’s (16 May) University of London International programmes’ inaugural 1858 Charter Lecture, entitled ‘Eliot in the Wartime Classroom 1916–1919’. The event included a reading of the poet’s Four Quartets by Jeremy Irons, one of the UK’s most distinguished actors.
Professor Sarah Churchwell reviews two new publications that focus on F Scott Fitzgerald – ‘ I’d Die For You: and Other Lost Stories’ and ‘Paradise Lost: a Life of F Scott Fitzgerald ’. Writing in the New Statesman , the public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ) says both the new biography and the collection of stories show the great novelist’s grasp of history and his place in it.
Professor Lawrence Goldman’s forthcoming talk at the British Library (9 June) about the ‘use and abuse of American history’ is highlighted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the State Journal . The Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ) director will discuss the history of American radicalism and assess its future in the age of Donald Trump.
Professor Barry C Smith , director of the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ) and founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses ( SenSes ), explains on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet programme how to taste wine, including smelling the cork, and how to pair foods.
Nicholas Shea , professor of philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy ( IP ), was interviewed by BBC Radio on themes arising from his Arts and Humanities Research Council project at the institute and King’s College London. The programme, Habit, explores the contrast between habitual behaviour and making decisions using conscious deliberate reasoning. It was broadcast as part of the BBC World Service’s long-running ‘The Why Factor’ series and is available as a podcast here
Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, a research fellow at the School’s Centre for Postcolonial Studies ( CPS ), previews, in The Voice , this Friday’s Indenture to Windrush investigation in to the system of indenture under which the British brought Chinese and East Indians to the Caribbean to labour on the region’s sugar plantations.
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies’ ( ICWS ) Commonwealth media freedom event features in a Sri Lanka Sunday Times article, which was picked up by MilTech and the Middle East North Africa Financial Network . It highlights a conference paper on the country’s growing hostility to journalistic freedom and independence, and wonders why, as a founder-member of the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka was not represented at diplomatic level.