The Christmas break provides a perfect opportunity to read, listen to, watch, and do things that we struggle to find the time for during the year. So Oxford podcasts invites you to embark on a journey into the world of literature, theatre, arts, and the big questions of our age.
Each lecture series we present below is complete in itself. The talks are usually accompanied by PowerPoint slides or notes to support understanding by a global audience.
Approaching Shakespeare is a lecture series by Emma Smith. Each lecture focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches in order to illuminate a central critical question about it.
Shakespeare was not, of course, the only dramatist of his day. In another lecture series: Not Shakespeare: Elizabethan and Jacobean Popular Theatre, Emma Smith introduces six plays which were once widely performed but are now almost forgotten. She shows how these plays can tell us a lot about what the audiences of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre enjoyed, aspired to and worried about.
If you’d like to get more hands-on with the arts over Christmas, you might enjoy Stephen Farthing’s lecture series Elements of Drawing. Stephen presents eight practical classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections (housed in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum) to explain the basic principles of drawing.
Finally, if you are concerned about the future for the planet, how civilisation will adapt to emerging problems and issues such as climate change, urbanisation and the development of vaccines to fight against future pandemics, the series Big Questions for the Future is the right listening for you. Academics from the Oxford Martin School explain their various research topics in an accessible and thoughtful way and try to find practical solutions to these issues.
From Jo Wild