London Undergraduate Program Retreat

Last weekend, our LUP chaplain, Fr John, led eleven  students on a weekend retreat held in Alverstone, a village on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England.   You will find his illustrated account of the weekend here:

students in front of historical ships in Portsmouth“All in all a memorable weekend, where as we listened to one another, we recalled that text from the Gospel of Luke: ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as He talked to us on the way.’ As we listened to one another and reflected ourselves, we sometimes recognised the voice of the Master himself calling to us.”

Synchronicity in Global Development

Lucy Badalian and Victor KrivorotovLucy Badalian and Victor Krivorotov, both of whom hold visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, presented this week’s Global History seminar on the topic of ‘Synchronicity in Global Development: from Great Divergence to Convergence?

An audio recording of the seminar is available for download.

The seminar series will continue next Monday, when Dr Angus Lockyer (SOAS) will discuss  “What might a global history of the 20th century look like?”.   All are welcome to attend  – please see this page for details.

World premieres for two LUP faculty

This Sunday, SoundsPositive begin a series of three concerts ‘…. Into the Mix’. The series is described as “an exploration of the interface between composed and improvised music, and between contemporary classical music and improvised Middle Eastern dance. “

Avril Anderson and David Sutton Anderson, who together teach a class on Music in London for the LUP, will each present a world premier of a new composition. Both pieces will be accompanied by dancers.

For tickets and further information, see SoundsPositive’s website.

…into the mix

Global London Seminars – “Imperial History and Global History”

The 2011 series of Global History Seminars continued with John Darwin, speaking on “Imperial History and Global History” John Darwin is the Beit Lecturer in Imperial History at Oxford and celebrated for books on the decline and end of the British Empire and his acclaimed comparative global history, After Tamerlane.

The series continues next week with Lucy Badalian and Victor Krivorotov, on “Synchronicity in Global Development: from Great Divergence to Convergence?” The speakers are known for innovative applications of mathematics and cognitive science to the study of economic history. Students are invited to attend.