Shrewsbury School

Academic Extension Programme – ‘Controversy’ series

Sunday 24 June 2018

The 2018/19 Academic Extension Programme focuses on the theme of ‘Controversy’. Here’s a brief overview of the eclectic mix of speakers who will be speaking during the Michaelmas Term on some thought-provoking subjects. 

The Academic Extension programme is designed to broaden our pupils’ interests and thinking beyond the strict confines of the specifications in their classroom subjects.  It is open to all year groups and to all abilities. 

Each year the programme is put together with the help of a small group of Sixth Form students who also choose the theme. For 2018-19, I am grateful to Ludo de Falbe, Oscar Kanan, Grace O’Mara and Veronica Munday for their efforts in setting up our ‘Controversy’ series.

The lecture programme for Michaelmas 2018 includes: 

Friday 7th September:  Karen Attwood and Diana Nammi in conversation – ‘Revolution in Iran’

Friday 14th September:  Daniel Kawczynski MP – ‘Russia, Brexit and the political landscape’

Thursday 4th October:  Graham Hoyland – ‘Everest – Death or Glory?’

Monday 29th October:  Dr Helen Pankhurst – ‘Controversy and the disruption of social norms – the story of women’s rights then and now’ – talk followed by Q&A

Thursday 29th November:  Henry Corbett – ‘The Hillsborough Disaster 1989: stories and aftermath’

Thursday 6th December:  Ben Sparkes – ‘Numbers – Man-made or fact of nature?’

Parents and the wider Shrewsbury community are welcome to attend these events, which will be advertised nearer the time on the school website and in the weekly eNewsletter. 

Please email me, Stuart Cowper (Director of Teaching and Learning), if you would like to attend – 

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