Birkbeck launches free online programme for “curious minds”

Academics, alumni and students join forces to offer a locked-down public “a positive message in challenging times”

Birkbeck, University of London, has launched a series of free online events, activities and resources available to the public.

Birkbeck Inspires is designed “to inspire learning, provoke thought, and entertain and excite curious minds” and is divided into three themes:

‘Contemporary perspectives’ will see Birkbeck’s experts present their take on a range of thought-provoking and topical issues, including Professor Joanna Bourke, professor of history, discussing Birkbeck’s resilience during WW2, and Professor Roger Luckhurst, professor in modern and contemporary literature, on how zombie films have prepared us for pandemics and lockdowns.

‘Resilience and support’ will provide practical advice, guidance and suggestions about how people can help themselves and each other while social distancing,

‘Get inspired’ will involve a series of live events and activities.

“This programme is designed to be engaging and inspiring for members of the public and our College community,” said Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, who opened the series with an introductory video, “by giving perspectives on coronavirus and offering support and advice during this period, as well as highlighting Birkbeck’s research highlights and themes, offering a positive message in challenging times.”

Professor Latchman will be joined by Baroness Joan Bakewell, president of Birkbeck, on Friday 22 May at 5:30pm to discuss their personal experiences of coping with lockdown, their opinions on how the government has handled the crisis, and how they believe the world will change in the future. There will also be a live question and answer session with Baroness Bakewell.


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