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Birkbeck launches 'Birkbeck Inspires', a series of free events and resources

‘Birkbeck Inspires’ our new series of thought-provoking and entertaining events, resources and activities, has launched. Read more about the series.

Birkbeck Inspires

Birkbeck has launched a new programme, Birkbeck Inspires. Birkbeck Inspires is a programme of free online events, activities and resources designed to inspire learning, provoke thought, and entertain and excite curious minds.

The programme covers three themes: ‘contemporary perspectives’, ‘resilience and support’, and ‘get inspired’. The theme ‘contemporary perspectives’, will provide perspectives from Birkbeck’s experts on a range of thought-provoking and topical issues, including COVID-19. ‘Resilience and support’ will encompass the College’s community of academics, alumni and students providing practical advice, guidance and suggestions about how to help ourselves and each other, whilst social distancing; and ‘get inspired’ will involve a series of live events and activities.

Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, said:

 “This programme is designed to be engaging and inspiring for members of the public and our College community, by giving perspectives on coronavirus and offering support and advice during this period, as well as highlighting Birkbeck’s research highlights and themes, offering a positive message in challenging times.”

To mark the launch of the programme, Professor David Latchman, Master, opened the series with an introductory video and videos were made available of Professor Joanna Bourke, Professor of History, discussing Birkbeck’s resilience during WW2; and Professor Roger Luckhurst, Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature, explaining how the zombie film has prepared us for pandemics and lockdowns. 

Additionally to further mark the launch, there will be a conversation between Professor Latchman and Baroness Joan Bakewell, President of Birkbeck, on a topic of national interest, COVID-19; covering personal experiences of coping with lockdown, lockdown exit plans, and Baroness Bakewell’s opinion on the impact of the crisis on older people. This will be soon be made a bookable event via

Professor Julian Swann, Pro-Vice Master for Research, commented:

“We have a really exciting line up of events, activities and resources which is ever expanding. It’s bringing together the best of Birkbeck and it’s wonderful to see so many of our academics eager to be part of the series.”

Follow Birkbeck on Facebook for regular updates on the series and keep an eye on for content as its released as well as timings of future bookable live events.

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