Talk: Recalling Revolt: Popular Contestations of Egypt’s ‘Arab Spring’

Dr Dina Rezk lectures in Middle Eastern History at the University of Reading. She has researched the revolutions that swept across Iraq, Syria and Yemen, three devastating Arab-Israeli wars and moves towards an uneasy peace between Egypt and Israel in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Dina has looked at formative events, individuals and themes that have shaped the modern Middle East, from 'Nasserism' to political Islam. Her recent work concerns the latest upheavals of the 'Arab Spring' across the Middle East, and she has briefed UK and US government departments on...

Talk: Interpreting the Russian Revolution - Professor Geoffrey Swain

Professor Geoffrey Swain is Emeritus Professor at the University of Glasgow and holds the Alexander Nove Chair of Russian and European Studies. Professor Swain has written extensively on the history of Russia and Eastern Europe during the twentieth century, focusing most recently on the following themes: Latvia during the first years of Soviet rule; Russia during the Civil War; and the career of Josip Broz Tito. He is author of 'A Short History of the Russian Revolution'. In this talk Professor Swain explores two major ways in which the October Revolution has been interpreted. One approach...

Talk: Towards a Free Revolutionary Art: Art and Social Change, 1913-1939, Dr Jody Patterson

The early decades of the 20th century were marked by a series of turbulent political upheavals, from revolutions in Russia and Mexico to unprecedented leftist radicalism across Europe and America. This talk examines the dynamic relations between art and revolution, exploring the ways in which artists working across the aesthetic spectrum, from realism through to the new abstraction, sought to participate actively in the fight for political change, engaging culture as a means of transforming society.

£6/£4.20/Friends free

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture – ‘Preachers, Printers and Hearers in the English Revolution’

Prof Ann Hughes, Keele University

Ann Hughes is Professor of Early Modern History at Keele University, and one of the leading experts on the culture, religion and politics of the English Civil War, or the English Revolution. In recent years she has worked on religious debate and polemic, print culture, gender and radicalism, and has published widely in this area, including Gender and Politics in the English Revolution. She is currently working principally on preaching during the revolution, and this is the topic of this evening’s lecture.

Date/time: Tuesday 15 March, 19:00...