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Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2013

The Department welcomed members of the public by the hundreds to this year's Open Day, 26 September. Guests attended 40 events - short lectures, workshops, informational sessions and walking tours - all free of charge. Here is a selection of the events that happened on the day.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons Britain's economic problems and prospects At the time of the 2008 global credit crunch, I participated in Oxford's online debate on whether the economic crisis sounded the death knell for laissez faire capitalism. Jonathan Michie 07 Oct 2013
2 Party games: coalition government in British politics This session will look at the history of coalition government in British politics over the past 200 years and discuss some of the constitutional implications of the current Conservative/Liberal Democrat government under David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Angus Hawkins 07 Oct 2013
3 Creative Commons Philosophy in 45 minutes! Philosophy deals with the BIG questions of life: does God exist? How should we live? What is truth? What are numbers and do we need them? Does space come to an end or is it infinite? NO SOUND FOR FIRST 3 MINUTES. Marianne Talbot 07 Oct 2013
4 Fitzgerald beyond Gatsby With the recent resurgence in interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald following Baz Luhrmann's imaginative film adaptation of Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby have come the inevitable clichés of the 'lost generation' and the 'American dream'. Tara Stubbs 07 Oct 2013
5 Creative Commons Gustav Klimt and secessionist Vienna Vienna around 1900 witnessed a vital and anxious surge in art, design, literature and music. This creativity also inspired psychological investigations into the inner self and dreams, most famously by Sigmund Freud. Claire O'Mahony 07 Oct 2013
6 Creative Commons Surprises - for you and for mathematics In 1900, pure mathematics had the smug air of a finished product. We thought we knew what it was and we thought we knew how it was done. Bob Lockhart 07 Oct 2013
7 International education: the transformative effect of student migration In this short lecture we will consider what the internationalisation of higher education means, and the global implications of international mobility - on the students, on their 'receiving' countries and on their places of origin. Johanna Waters 07 Oct 2013
8 Why music matters in your life Imagine a world without music. No music on the radio, no concerts, no musical instruments. No background music in films and television. No music at our weddings, funerals, religious worship or sporting events. Jonathan Darnborough 07 Oct 2013
9 Creative Commons Where's all the wildlife? Flooding and the importance of landscape conservation The Oxfordshire floods of 2007, 2008 and 2012 caused enormous disruption to homes, agriculture and local businesses, but what were the consequences for wildlife? Kerry Lock 07 Oct 2013
10 Creative Commons What's so great about Austen? Isn't she just bonnets and balls? Some film and tv adaptations of Jane Austen's novels might give the impression that the stories are little more than Mills and Boon-type romances in empire-line frocks. Sandie Byrne 07 Oct 2013
11 Creative Commons Too many words? An irreverent guide to screenwriting Aristotle's 'Poetics' is regarded as the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory. How much notice do Goldman, Godard, Bertolucci or indeed Tarantino pay to his classic tenets of drama? Victor Glynn 04 Oct 2013
12 Creative Commons Who needs migrant workers? Controversies in international labour migration The regulation of labour immigration is among the most important and controversial public policy issues in high-income countries. Martin Ruhs 04 Oct 2013
13 Creative Commons A history of England in five and a half maps There is a story behind every map. Generation after generation, we have imprinted ourselves on the land we live upon. Our depictions of that land, in maps, have recorded social attitudes and social change like no other source. Jonathan Healey 04 Oct 2013
14 Creative Commons Spotlight on Archaeology Find out about how archaeologists uncover the past using a range of techniques, including excavation, survey and scientific analysis. Alison MacDonald 04 Oct 2013
15 Anniversaries, feasts and commemoration in the Middle Ages Ritual celebrations were at the heart of life in medieval communities. The passage of time was articulated by the cycle of the seasons, the exigencies of husbandry and of trade, all inextricably bound up with religious holidays and anniversaries. Elizabeth Gemmill 04 Oct 2013
16 Speaking stories: the oral roots of poetry We'll be looking at Beowulf and the epic as a way of passing on experience and history. See your own life as an epic! Where would you start? What would you leave out? Surprise yourself - and us! Jenny Lewis 04 Oct 2013
17 Creative Commons The art of war: The Hundred Years' War in twenty objects This lecture will examine one of the longest wars in history, fought between England and France from 1337 to 1453 by scrutinising twenty objects. Janina Ramirez 04 Oct 2013