“I vote for Radical Action!” Ernest Rodker
Commonweal Lecture 2015
Tuesday 17 February 6:00 pm
John Stanley Bell Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford
Ernest Rodker is a conscientious objector and veteran of many direct action campaigns including Free Vanunu, Stop the 70 Tour, Anti-Poll Tax campaign and local campaigns. Ernest will share details of these campaigns and how direct action has shaped his life. He recently donated the Archive of the Free Vanunu Campaign to Special Collections, where it will form a fantastic resource for activists and researchers interested in nonviolent campaigning. The lecture is brought to you by Commonweal Collection, an independent public library for social change.
I’ll be introducing our wonderful Special Collections to the Friends of Senate House Library this Wednesday, 15 January 2014. My talk, From Hidden Gems to Greatest Treasures, is at 6pm. All are welcome! Here’s the poster: BradfordJan2014 (2).
And here’s the website for the Friends, featuring several other talks for fans of archives and rare books.
Several of J.B. Priestley’s plays, notably An Inspector Calls and the other Time Plays, continue to enthrall and educate modern audiences. But Priestley’s role in the theatre went far beyond writing for the stage.
Professor Maggie Gale will be exploring Priestley’s place in the theory and practice of mid-twentieth century drama in the J.B. Priestley Society Annual Lecture for 2012. This will take place on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 2pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building, University of Bradford. The event is open to the public. For more information and to book, see the Society’s website. Society members have their AGM in the same venue that morning.
[I removed the links from this piece as they were broken, the event having taken place in March 2011. However, as it is a blog post, I think it is right to leave the post as it is otherwise. AC October 2011].
This year’s J.B. Priestley Society Lecture explores one of the most intriguing aspects of Priestley’s writing: his link with C.G. Jung. The speaker, Lee Hanson, is Chair of the Society.
Priestley wrote and broadcasted about Jung’s work, and visited him at his home in Switzerland in 1946. Jung himself thought highly of Priestley, with special praise for his novel Bright Day. The lecture will examine the friendship between the two, and how Jung’s ideas influenced Priestley’s writings, about personality types, the unconscious mind and creativity, the power of dreams, and relationships between men and women.
The lecture is held at the Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford, starting at 2.30 pm and followed by Q & A and refreshments. The lecture is open to all, but places must be booked in advance. For further information, details of how to book, directions, parking advice etc, see the event webpage.
The J.B. Priestley Society Annual Lecture at the Norcroft Centre, University of Bradford. Saturday 7 March 2009.
Roger Fagge, Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, will discuss Priestley’s views on the United States, a country he visited many times and which formed a key subject in his writings. Priestley can easily be stereotyped as anti-American but his ideas are more subtle and interesting than that …
For further information and how to book a place:
This forthcoming conference will include plenty on J.B. Priestley. Dr John Baxendale, who recently published “Priestley’s England”, will be a keynote speaker, and Special Collections Librarian Alison Cullingford is also contributing to discussion about Priestley and protest.
What Did Mr Miniver Read? The Fears and Aspirations of the “Masculine Middlebrow” Writer, 1880-1950. A two-day conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, University of London 13-14 March 2009.
Find out more and register.