What is so special about the arts and humanities?
May 21, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree, 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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