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Jaya Savige considers some of the benefits and challenges of being a young writer in the twenty-first century. Students will be guided through a series of writing exercises, adapted from the first year Creative Writing degree course at NCH, to help develop their craft, commitment and courage as writers of poetry, fiction and drama. Topics include the Art of the Sentence, Reading as a Writer and Reverse Engineering. It is only by trying out a range of voices, forms and styles that a writer finds his or her own.
Monday, 26th March
Find out about NCH, a world-class academic institution that is leading the way in UK higher education. Our students are some of the world’s most enquiring minds and have a passion for learning.
An opportunity to meet our tutors, lecturers, students and staff, and find out what makes NCH the university where talented and ambitious students flourish.
Wednesday, 7th March
Stephen Dnes considers the bread and butter of many contractual disputes: namely, how the law approaches the unexpected and the unknown. For example, how should the contract be interpreted where a party has made a mistake? What if both parties make a mistake? Or if the subject matter of the contract is destroyed? And when a breach of contract is found and the music stops, what might the measure of damages be for a breach – if there is one. These and other questions will be addressed in the lecture.
Tuesday, 27th March
An interactive philosophical discussion with Professor A C Grayling, Professor of Philosophy and Master of New College of the Humanities.
Monday, 23rd April
NCH is a prestigious, university-level college in the heart of London. Small by design, we offer a unique and broad liberal arts-inspired curriculum with highly personalised teaching and our gold standard one-to-one tutorial system.
Visit us at our home in beautiful Bedford Square, set in the heart of London, surrounded by the world-renowned library collections, museums, academic bodies and art institutions of the of the world’s greatest city.
Saturday, 14th April
With Dr Estelle Paranque examines Game of Thrones. Set in a fantasy world to resemble a Medieval one, the fight for the Iron Throne is at the centre of the plot. Daenerys Targaryen is one with the strongest claim to the throne – yet still has to defend her legitimacy and claim. Elizabeth I of England’s representations have fascinated historians for centuries. She is known as the iconic Virgin Queen and Gloriana. Though the author of Game of Thrones has never acknowledged basing his fictional character on Elizabeth, it is clear that these two women have lots in common.
Tuesday, 1st May
There is more to an artwork than meets the eye. Dr Patrycja Kaszynska will introduce a range of different prisms that we can use in our interpretation of artworks, from approaches preoccupied with formal and stylistic features, through frameworks stressing the importance of content, meaning and symbolism in interpretation, to critical methodologies situating art in the social and historical context of its production and reception – the talk will sketch some key themes in the theory of art history.
Thursday, 3rd May
NCH challenges students academically, and encourages them to think, reason and present an argument, essential skills for the world beyond university.
Visit NCH, a world-class academic institution leading the way in UK higher education. Our students are some of the world’s most enquiring minds and have a passion for learning.
Saturday, 7th July
Dr Daniel Swift presents an interactive lecture exploring how these two plays, one of which is a tragedy and the other a comedy, form two halves of a single idea. Written by Shakespeare contemporaneously, they share many plot elements; one ends in tears and the other in laughter, and taken together they are a dramatic consideration of love and hatred, death and life.
Tuesday, 8th May
Dr Mike Peacey discusses Game Theory, a branch of mathematics used by economists to model conflict and cooperation. He will introduce the basic concept of a Nash Equilbrium and provide examples of non zero-sum games. Students who attend the lecture will hopefully leave equipped with a toolkit that enables them to tackle real life problems with a more strategic approach.
Thursday, 10th May
Dr David Rampton engages critical approaches to international relations at an accessible level.
Monday, 21st May
Dr Naomi Goulder discusses Utilitarianism. How it sets up tensions between morality and self-interest, telling us to maximise total utility even when that means sacrificing our own. This lecture explores the philosophical foundations of utilitarianism, considers prominent criticisms, and draws on Aristotle to suggest an alternative way to think about utility, the self, and relations between the individual and collective good
Monday, 4th June