December 24

Thank you for your interest in our advent calendar. Thank you for the many messages, tweets and comments.  As a special treat on the night before Christmas we offer a  bumper selection of stocking fillers for fans of Shakespeare. The Bodleian Shakespeare: … Continue reading

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December 23

Lucky number 23 Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Professor Marcus duSautoy sheds light on the so-called ‘masculine’ numbers, explains why prime numbers will help you survive, and opens our eyes to the fascinating … Continue reading

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December 22

Following stars In a galaxy far, far away an army of volunteers take a moment to discover new stars. In ‘The Rise and Rise of Citizen Science’  Chris Lintott from the Department of Astrophysics gives a talk on the increasingly … Continue reading

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December 21

Learn to draw Planning a new hobby for the new year? Learn to draw. Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing. This series accompanies ‘The Elements of … Continue reading

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December 20

Shared Iconography In celebration of first night of Channukah please enjoy this video podcast  on ‘User-produced Hebrew Prayer Books and Shared Iconography’. In it Piet van Boxel looks at examples of these and explores the shared iconography between Christian and … Continue reading

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December 19

Gifts from middle earth ‘Ofer middangeard monnum sended.’ This study pack was designed especially for anyone coming to the Anglo-Saxon language from an initial interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is a short and very informal … Continue reading

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December 18

Hopes for peace Andrew Lee Butters reflects upon the prospects for peace in the Middle East.Did the western media (and everyone else) get it wrong while reporting the Arab Spring? 20 other free podcasts available for re-use in teaching and … Continue reading

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December 17

Ghosts of Christmases past Few families enjoy such a remarkable reputation for their contribution to the literature and intellectual life of Britain as the Godwins and the Shelleys. The Bodleian online exhibition ‘Shelley’s Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary … Continue reading

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December 16

Explaining religion Does religion lead to tolerance or intolerance?  As you decorate your home  with treats, trees and Santas for Christmas, download and listen to Professor Harvey Whitehouse explaining ritual, community and ties that bind. Free audio podcast from Oxford … Continue reading

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December 15

OUCS presents, presents and presentations Some of our largest events and busiest training courses  at Oxford University concern presentation skills. Presenting data, presenting research, presenting to camera, presenting complex ideas, telling your story. Top professors use a range of presentation … Continue reading

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