By University of South Wales
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A selection of Yuletide lectures with some of our academics presenting a short lecture on a Christmas topic of their choice. The University of South Wales (USW) was formed in April 2013 by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport. As one of Britain’s most exciting new universities and a major player in higher education, the University is among the top 10 campus universities in the UK by student number and attracts a cosmopolitan mix of students from 120 countries. With over 30,000 students across five campuses, it was rated top for student support in the Times Higher Education Awards 2012. Note: some items in this collection may have been originally published on iTunes U by the University of Glamorgan.
|1||Video‘Waits’: a Christmas poem by Philip Gross||Award-winning poet Professor Philip Gross teaches creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. In this Christmas Lecture, he reads his new Christmas poem, which was inspired by the medieval Waits — the village musicians who came out on Christmas Eve, long before carol singing became a family occupation.||12/17/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||Video‘Gerd’ a translation by Philip Gross of Nordahl Grieg's poem||Award-winning poet Professor Philip Gross reads his translation of the poem that appears around the foot of the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. He was approached by the Poetry Society and the Norwegian Embassy to do a new translation of this poem by Nordahl Grieg, the Norwegian writer who died as a war correspondent in 1943. This poem is both a love poem to Grieg's wife Gerd and an evocation of peace and the natural landscape.||12/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoHow the Victorians reinvented our modern Christmas||Professor Andrew Smith teaches English and gothic studies at the University of Glamorgan. In this Christmas Lecture, with reference to Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, he talks on how a Victorian Christmas was focused on family and charity, rather than religion.||12/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoThe Star of Bethlehem — fact or fiction?||Dr. Paul Roche is an astronomer in the Division of Earth, Space and Environment. In this Christmas Lecture, he talks about the Star of Bethlehem which appears the Nativity story, and examines what this object might have been — or if it existed at all.||12/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoHouse prices in 2010 and 2011: a Christmas reflection on the market||In Roman mythology, Janus is the two-faced god of beginnings and endings. It's apropos as an image for the property market which, at this time of year, looks back at the past year and forward. Owain Llywelyn, the former chair of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Wales, looks at what we can expect from the housing market in 2011 and beyond.||12/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoThe first Christmas after World War II for displaced people and refugees||Dr Fiona Reid is an historian. In this Christmas Lecture, she looks at the first Christmas for displaced people and refugees following the Second World War.||12/15/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoThe many meanings of Christmas||Dr Paul Chambers, a sociologist of religion, explores the various meanings that people apply to Christmas including its commercialisation, its secularisation and how Christmas allows us to celebrate and reaffirm our relations with others.||4/1/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
- Category: Religion & Spirituality
- Language: English
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