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Why We Need the Humanities

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Thursday, June 2, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Saint Luke's Chapel

How has humanities scholarship influenced biomedical research and civil liberties and how can scholars serve the common good? Entrepreneur and scholar Donald Drakeman will discuss his new book exploring the value and impact of the humanities in the 21st century with: 

Stefan Collini (Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature, University of Cambridge and author of What Are Universities For?)
Richard Ekins (Tutorial Fellow in Law, St John's College, University of Oxford)
Jay Sexton (Associate Professor of American History, University of Oxford)

Chaired by Helen Small (Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford and author of The Value of the Humanities)

Free, all welcome. Join us for a sandwich lunch from 12:30, with discussion from 13:00 to 14:00. No booking required, seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

About the book

An entrepreneur and educator highlights the surprising influence of humanities scholarship on biomedical research and civil liberties. This spirited defence urges society to support the humanities to obtain continued guidance for public policy decisions, and challenges scholars to consider how best to fulfil their role in serving the common good. Read more here. 

The event is part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines. 

Contact name: 
Hannah Penny
Open to all