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Stimulating sessions offered at University’s Arts and Humanities launch

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A public programme of inspiring taster sessions, workshops and talks will mark the official launch of the University of Stirling’s School of Arts and Humanities on 14 and 15 September.

A range of key events will offer members of the public and prospective students the opportunity to participate in sessions delivered by guest speakers and experts within the School, covering history, literature, creative writing, publishing, law, media and journalism, film and archiving.  

Professor Douglas Brodie, Head of the School, says: “We are delighted to be hosting this exciting programme, to mark the launch of the new School.  It will provide a celebratory showcase of the world-leading research currently being undertaken - work which is helping to cement the University’s world-class reputation for Arts and Humanities subjects.

“Students and staff of the School already enjoy working within a rich intellectual environment where creativity is valued, lively debate is stimulated and new ideas are nurtured.  This public programme of thought-provoking events will promote the importance and value of Arts and Humanities subjects and encourage wider participation.”

The programme begins on Friday 14 September with Crime Writing Master Classes at macrobert, where aspiring crime writers will be able to develop their talent, technique and professional knowledge. 

There will also be a session with Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, the distinguished Irish poet and honorary graduate of the University.  This event, organised in association with the Royal Society of Literature, will give audience members the opportunity to hear Heaney discuss his life and career with Alasdair Macrae, literary critic and retired senior lecturer at the University.  He will also be reading from his work.

Other sessions include talks on the University’s Scottish political archives; the work of Jane Austen; African film; various workshops on radio production and filmmaking; and a session on the philosophy of people’s rights with Dr Rowan Cruft, who was recently called as a witness at the Leveson Inquiry.  There will also be guided tours of the University's famous Art Collection at 11.00am and 1.00pm each day.

Professor Douglas Brodie adds: “The programme will present audiences with opportunities to engage in thoughtful discussion with a lineup of leading writers and distinguished academics.   Whether for fun, a fondness for the Arts, personal interest in a particular subject, or a desire to learn more about the School before applying to study, there is something for everyone.

“I would encourage people to sample the diverse mix of sessions on offer, which promises to be a two-day celebration of contemplation, inspiration and entertainment.”

Places are filling up quickly and some sessions are already fully booked, but there are still some places available.  The event programme is open to everyone and most sessions are free to attend, but some must be booked in advance (see here for further details).

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