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What is so special about the arts and humanities?

May 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free, booking required

What is the point of studying the arts and humanities? What relevance do they have to society today? Should universities adapt their courses to suit changing demands, by for example increasing the focus on ‘employability skills’? If they defend the intrinsic value of studying subjects such as art, history, philosophy and literature, are they just upholding elitism? A panel of distinguished speakers will debate these contentious questions. 

Speakers: Neil Griffiths (Director of Arts Emergency); Dr Joanna Williams (University of Kent, Author of Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can’t be Bought); Carole Souter (CEO, Heritage Lottery Fund); Alan Davey (CEO, Arts Council England); Professor Esther Leslie (Birkbeck, Department of English and Humanities)

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May 21, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free, booking required
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School of Arts – Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London , WC1H 0PD United Kingdom

Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.