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Thinking Allowed 2017

Thinking Allowed 2017

Thinking Allowed, BBC Radio 4's weekly focus on the social sciences in partnership with The Open University, returns this week for a new 26-part run. Prof. Sophie Watson is The Open University’s Academic Consultant for the series in which Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how we live today. The first programme focuses on global health issues while the second looks at globalisation. 

27th January 2017
Managing in the humanitarian sector MOOC

International online course for humanitarian sector launched

The OU has launched a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Managing in the humanitarian sector, to help front-line humanitarian managers develop key leadership skills. Produced in partnership with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy on the Kaya platform, it begins on Monday 23 January 2017.

20th January 2017
BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition

Broadcast of Winning Plays (International Radio Playwriting Competition 2016)

The Day Dad Stole a Bus by Brazilian writer Pericles Silveira will be broadcast on Saturday 21st January 2017. The first of the two winning plays in the 25th BBC World Service International Playwriting Competition, it won the English as a second language category of the competition. It stars Stephen Tompkinson, Wunmi Mosaku and Matthew Marsh, with original music by Raiomond Mirza. It will be broadcast at 20.06 (Local time) on BBC World Service, and repeated on Sunday 22nd January at 12.05.

20th January 2017
To Walk Invisible - film still

New OU/BBC drama: To Walk Invisible on BBC1, 29 December

On Thursday 29th December 2016, a one off drama To Walk Invisible will be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm.  This takes a new look at the extraordinary Brontë family, telling the story of these three remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English Language.

Written and directed by multi BAFTA winner Sally Wainwright, it was filmed in and around Yorkshire and stars Jonathan Pryce, Chloe Pirrie, Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy and Adam Nagaitis.

20th December 2016
Exploring Religion in London

Exploring religion in London - new 360° videos

Professor John Wolffe and Dr John Maiden (Religious Studies) have been involved in producing a suite of interactive videos entitled ‘Exploring religion in London’.

Using 360° camera technology, the videos allow students to tour seven of the capital’s principal religious buildings. Each tour is guided by a member of the community associated with the building and you can watch the playlist on YouTube now. 

10th November 2016

Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC) formal launch

The conference Exploring Harm and Evidence marks the formal launch of The Open University's Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative in London on 9 November. HERC’s research can be summarised as “evidencing harm and harmful evidence” which encompasses a range of areas such as the use of evidence in the criminal justice system and the harmful practices of public and private institutions.

More information about the conference is available from HERC's website.

3rd November 2016
Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers

Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes - OU co-production with BBC Four

In this new OU/BBC series (BBC Four, 9pm on Mondays from 17 October) Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read. The first episode focuses on page-turning detective fiction, the second examines the conventions that govern fantasy worlds, and the third programme investigates the rules of a classic espionage story.

12th October 2016

Dr Meg-John Barker speaks at White House on bisexuality issues

Senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Meg-John Barker, was among a prestigious panel at the White House recently, for an official White House Briefing discussing the challenges for and the support given to the bisexuality community.

The briefing, held on Monday September 26, was the latest initiative in the White House's many efforts to help increase visibility of bisexual people. Under the leadership of President Obama, the White House administration has taken great strides to support bisexual people and the larger LGBT community.

3rd October 2016

Geography Matters: Celebrating Doreen Massey’s ideas

This event is designed to look back over Doreen Massey’s contribution to geographical thinking as well as looking forward to the ways in which her ideas remain vital for thinking about politics today. It will be held at the Royal Geographic Society, London on Saturday 8 October. 

Throughout her life, Doreen was deeply committed to geography. In her hands, geography was more than an academic endeavor. She saw it as a way of creating new ways to understand, and to do, politics. 

22nd September 2016

Scotland and the Battle for Britain

In this new OU/BBC series (BBC2, 8pm on Sunday 11 and 19 September) Andrew Marr discovers why the Scotland he was born in has changed so much politically.  It’s become more left-wing, less British and much more fiercely Scottish Nationalist. He charts an extraordinary period of political turmoil affecting the whole of the UK.

16th September 2016

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