Reanimating Rabbie – rare film screenings for Burns Night

| Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities

A free event at the University of Dundee this week will celebrate Burns Night with screenings of rare films from Scotland’s National Moving Image Archive.  The programme includes two rare animated films from the 50s and 70s, Tam o’ Shanter and Tam o’ Shanter Rides Again, as well as a rare 1933 silent documentary, Homes and Haunts of Scotland's Ploughman Poet Robert Burns. Silent screen pianist and composer, Steven Gellatly will provide live musical accompaniment. Honorary Research Fellow Dr David Robb will give a short talk on Burns’ ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and Creati...

Woodrow Wilson's famous US speech makes a mockery of Donald Trump – Dr Matthew Ward in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

"We have reached the centenary of US President Woodrow Wilson’s speech to Congress on January 8, 1918, outlining his Fourteen Points for brokering a lasting peace in Europe after World War I. It was the famous roar of idealism from across the Atlantic that would be whittled back in the name of self-interest by the victorious allies at Versailles the following year. "The speech would go on to shape many features of American foreign policy, however, particularly the broader points like open diplomacy, removal of economic and trade barriers, freedom of the seas and a general association of nations worki...

Ghosts of Christmas past: magic lantern set to dazzle Dundee

| Engage Dundee, English, Film Studies, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Seminars

A rare and authentic triple-lensed magic lantern will be used for a spectacular Christmas show at the University of Dundee this week. Dr Jeremy Brooker, magic lantern performer and Chairman of the Magic Lantern Society, will present ‘A Grand Gothic Magic Lantern Christmas’ for the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) Christmas Lecture. The event will take place from 6pm-7.30pm on Wednesday 13 December, in Room 1.36 of the University’s Tower Building. It is free, open to all and follows a wine reception from 5.15pm. Dr Keith Williams, Reader in English at the University, said, &...

Sell-out show returns to Dundee

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The critically-acclaimed show, ‘Dundee’s Four Marys’ is set to return to the city where it was written next week. Following three sell-out seasons, the show will return to the stage at the University of Dundee. Written copies of the play, with a foreword by Dundee-born, Hollywood actor and former Rector of the University, Brian Cox, will be available for purchase. Written and produced by Eddie Small, Tutor of English at the University, the show brings together the legacy of four of the city’s most influential women - Mary Ann Baxter, Mary Slessor, Mary Lily Walker and Mary Brooksban...

Why is Steve Biko's remarkable legacy often overlooked? - Dr Matthew Graham in The Conversation

| History, Humanities

"While Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, and Desmond Tutu are rightly venerated for their role in opposing and ending white minority rule in South Africa, another leader of the liberation years has been remarkably overlooked: Bantu Steven Biko, who led the enormously influential Black Consciousness Movement. Four decades after his death in police custody on September 12 1977, he deserves to be recognised as one of the towering heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle."  In an article for The Conversation, Dr Matthew Graham, Lecturer in History at the University of Dundee, discusses the remarkable legacy...