History and English Fest 2022 ran from Monday 28 to Wednesday 30 March 2022
Attendees from schools and colleges got a taste of University lectures including Stalin’s Russia, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale and more from our expert academics, and had the opportunity to dig a bit deeper in our interactive Q&A sessions.
The events were aimed at those with, or working towards, Level 3 qualifications - but year 11 students were also welcome.
You can see details of the sessions below and watch full recordings from the sessions.
The Making of Modern Britain
with Dr Richard Carr, Senior Lecturer in History and Politics
Eight concepts and trends that have shaped the society we live in.
Studying English at University
with Dr Cassie Gorman, Course Leader BA (Hons) English Literature
Find out what it will be like to study English Literature at university level, and at ARU in particular, and get the opportunity to ask all your questions before you apply.
Dystopia: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
with Sarah Annes Brown, Professor of English Literature
This lecture will focus on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, placing it within the context of other earlier dystopian works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, and exploring its engagement with topics such as gender, race, environmentalism and religion.
with Dr Jon Davis, Associate Professor in Modern European History
The development of the Stalinist system in the 1930s, focusing on economics and the Communist Party’s political control.
Good girls don’t swear: an intro to language and society
with Dr Sebastian Rasinger, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics
In this session, we will look at the ways in which English language is influenced by various factors, such as age, gender, and socioeconomic status.
with Dr Koenraad Claes, Lecturer in Romantic-Period Literature
John Keats is now many people’s favourite Romantic poet, but in his own day he was given a hard time by critics because he was not posh, and he felt self-conscious because he would not have enough book smarts. However, nobody ever has written more passionately about their love of literature than he!
The British Empire
with Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History
The British Empire is now the subject of heated debate, but what was it really about? What did it stand for and what are its implications for today? Above all, how, given today’s priorities and sensitivities, can we come to a reasoned, objective judgement about it?