SAS in the media

Help with his drawing

Thursday 6 April 2017
Warburg Institute
Charles Hope , art historian and emeritus professor at The Warburg Institute , argues in the London Review of Books (behind a paywall) that the Michelangelo portrait currently hanging in the National Gallery’s Michelangelo and Sebastiano exhibition is a ‘modern fake, probably dating from just before its emergence in 1960.’ The story was picked up by The Telegraph (PDF attached), the Mail Online , The Times (behind a paywall) , The Times Scotland and The Times Ireland .

ICWS media freedoms event highlighted by Commonwealth Secretariat

Wednesday 5 April 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
This week’s ‘The Commonwealth and Challenges to Media Freedom’ two-day event organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), features in an article on the Commonwealth Secretariat website. The report focuses on Commonwealth secretary-general, Patricia Scotland’s keynote in which she pledged support for ‘Latimer House Principles’ style declaration on media freedom. She also said she was pleased Commonwealth organisations for lawyers and other professions ‘were examining the possibility of a Commonwealth declaration on the media and good governance.’

Dr Christopher Bannister gives AHRC some insight into his MOI research

Tuesday 4 April 2017
Institute of English Studies
Dr Christopher Bannister , post-doctoral researcher on the Ministry of Information (MOI) Project at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), provides the Arts and Humanities Research Council ( AHRC ) with some insights into his research about the work of the MOI’s ‘Mad Men’ in South America during the Second World War. Dr Bannister is one of this year’s AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers .

Jacob Zuma vs democratic South Africa – only one is likely to survive

Tuesday 4 April 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Martin Plaut , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), writes in the New Statesman that Jacob Zuma’s ‘bloody cabinet reshuffle’ has left South Africans divided and reeling. He warns that ‘the next few weeks will be critical if Nelson Mandela’s vision of a country at peace with itself is to survive.’

Marking the 400th anniversary of Pocahontas’ death

Monday 3 April 2017
Institute of Historical Research
The Institute of Historical Research’s ( IHR ) three-day ‘Pocahontas and after: historical culture and transatlantic encounters, 1617–2017’conference has been highlighted on the Smithsonian blog.

Naomi Alderman’s cultural highlights include the Warburg Institute

Sunday 2 April 2017
Warburg Institute
The Warburg Institute and its library offer surroundings that are ‘right for writing’, says Naomi Alderman in an Observer interview. The novelist also highlighted the institute’s weekly ‘Esoteric traditions and occult thought’ reading group, and wonders jokingly if Warburg is ‘going to set Zuul [demonic spirit from the Ghostbusters film]’ on her for mentioning the library’s huge collection of esoterica. The article also appears in The Guardian .

Broadcasting ambivalence and framing conflict

Thursday 30 March 2017
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Professor Keith Somerville , senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies ( ICWS ), explores, in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television , how the early content of South Africa’s Radio RSA , reflected the National Party government’s desire to tell the world its side of the story about apartheid and regional policies. Meanwhile, in Media, War and Conflict he analyses media depictions of conflicts in distant countries. 

Ups and downs of space flight

Thursday 30 March 2017
Institute of Philosophy
The Institute of Philosophy’s ( IP ) Science Museum event, ‘The wonders and challenges of human space flight’ has been highlighted in The Psychologist . Participants included: School of Advanced Study honorary graduate Heston Blumenthal , Dr Opehlia Deroy , IP’s deputy director, and Professor Vincent Hayward, Centre for the Study of the Senses ( CenSes ). The article includes a quote from IP director Professor Barry C Smith . 

Who martyred the Tolpuddle labourers?

Thursday 30 March 2017
Institute of Historical Research
Roland Quinault, senior research fellow at the Institute of Historical Research ( IHR ), digs into the complex and revealing story of the six members of a Friendly Society of agricultural labourers in the Dorset village of Tolpuddle, convicted for their trade union activities and sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia on 17 March 1834. The article in History Today (behind a paywall) is entitled, ‘Who martyred the Tolpuddle labourers?’

The origins of the American Dream

Sunday 26 March 2017
School of Advanced Study
Professor Sarah Churchwell , public engagement chair and professorial fellow in American literature at the Institute of English Studies ( IES ), uses history, literature and music to explore the original meaning of the ‘American dream’ on BBC Radio 4 . In the programme, entitled ‘ The origins of the American dream ’, she argues that the concept is much younger than we realise, and was born as a response to the 'roaring twenties' and the devastating 1929 stock market crash, and the Depression that followed.