Whilst many eyes may be glued to the Games this summer, for those wanting to exercise the mind and to experience a wide range of cultural discussions, look out for the Late Summer Lectures series which is running through August and September.
An outreach project run and presented by PhD researchers, Late Summer Lectures presents eight lectures on literature and other topics, from Lolita to folk music, Homer to rock and roll. Speakers will deal with the challenging questions and topics of our own times and of past times: How should the Qur’an be interpreted? Is beauty moral? How did the ancient world write and study the Bible?
The series is aimed at a public audience, and is free to attend. Each lecture is presented both in Alington House in Durham (on Tuesday at 5.30), and then at the Literary and Philosophical Society in Newcastle (on Wednesday evening).
Full listings for the series are available on our Events pages. Alternatively, you can follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. The first lecture takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 21st and 22nd, and the series continues weekly until 9th October.
For those who cannot make any lectures, the series will be recorded and podcasts will be available to download from READ shortly after the event.