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Theme: The Art of Communication

Communication is fundamental to the development of society and culture. Join us to explore the art of communication: The nonsense of Lewis Carroll, the nuance of political spin and the secrets that learning a foreign language can reveal about ourselves.

What's on

Fri
19
Jun

Music: A child’s hidden language

How does a child who cannot speak express her innermost feelings? Musician and Jessie’s Fund founder Lesley Schatzberger explains how music, in opening gateways to communication, can be so much more than an art form.

Thu
18
Jun

Lost in the Library

Discover the data which books can reveal and consider the secrets lost to history through the destruction of library collections.

Thu
18
Jun

Mad Men and Bad Men

Sam Delaney will be talking about his dark, revealing and frequently hilarious new book Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising. This is a hugely entertaining behind-the-scenes tour of the election campaigns of the last four decades which examines how a bunch of unelected, unaccountable admen ended up running British politics.

Thu
18
Jun

Exploring Learning Global Cultures

This event is for those involved in International Education of any sort, whether school, Further Education or Higher Education to bring their research and ideas to an Unconference to discuss the differences and similarities between Global learning cultures.

Sat
13
Jun

Alice in Wonderland 150 Years On: The story of Alice

It is 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, transforming children’s literature, childhood and nonsense. To mark this, Professor Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Oxford), will be talking about his new book The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland with Hugh Haughton, editor of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Dr James Williams.

Sat
13
Jun

Figured Windows: Adult creative writing workshop

In this creative writing workshop we'll take inspiration from the history and process of glass-making in York to discover the way poems can shift from being transparent, to coloured and even opaque and secretive.

Fri
12
Jun

The Three Minute Thesis Competition

Three Minute Thesis is York’s research communication competition. PhD students from across the disciplines have three minutes to communicate the impact of their research to an audience made up of school pupils, teachers, members of the general public and industry.

Thu
11
Jun

Who Holds the Secrets?

Lizzi Linklater leads a workshop that explores how writers build characterisation and plot information into their stories. This is a practical workshop suitable for writers of any experience. Be prepared to write!

Wed
10
Jun

Hidden Meanings in Foreign Language Learning

Come and be inspired to start, continue, or reflect on, your own language learning, or to consider the role of language teaching in the UK today.

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