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The Victorian Beard - by Professor Richard J Evans

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Masculinity, disease protection and more - what did he beard mean during the Victorian era? What was the style? How and why did the style evolve and eventually die out?

Professor Richard J Evans, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, provides a brief summary of the changing role of facial hair in Victorian Britain.

This is an excerpt from Professor Evans' Gresham lecture 'The Victorians: Gender and Sexuality', which can be accessed here: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/le...

All our lectures are available for free download from the Gresham College website, in video, audio or text formats: http://www.gresham.ac.uk

Gresham College professors and guest speakers have been giving free public lectures in central London since 1597. This tradition continues today and you can attend any of our lectures, or watch or listen to them on our website.

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Gresham College Shorts Play

There are nearly 150 Gresham College lectures every year, all of them free and open to all. Here are some samples from some recent lectures, to give you an idea of the types of things you could learn.
All information is available on the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk

Belinda Jack - The Mysteries of Reading and Writing Play

Belinda Jack is Fellow and Tutor in French at Christ Church, University of Oxford. She features regularly in the press and media thanks to the popularity and insight of her published works, including books such as The Woman Reader, George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large and Negritude and Literary Criticism: The History and Theory of "Negro-African" Literature in French. As of 2013, she is the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.

She writes of her appointment and the series:

"Reading is a subject which has long fascinated me, not least because of my role in teaching undergraduate students to read 'difficult' literature with the greatest attention to detail, structure and internal connections. My most recent book, The Woman Reader, is a history of women's reading from ancient times to the present day, and the writing of it deepened my interest in the subject of reading more generally. My Gresham lectures will draw on some of the material on which I based my book, including material that I didn't have space to treat, and on the research I am currently undertaking. My primary aim will be to encourage informed reading of a wide range of material, which will make us reconsider literature, ourselves and the society in which we live."

Christopher Hogwood - Music in Context Play

Christopher Hogwood CBE is the Gresham Professor of Music, a world-renowned conductor, keyboard player, musicologist, writer, editor and broadcaster. Having been the director of the Academy of Ancient Music for over thirty years, he currently holds positions at the Royal Academy of Music, the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.

In this lecture series, Professor Hogwood invites us to consider the context of classical music's composition. Our idea of the artist is shaped by the modern mores, the artist as an independent creative force, their creations timeless and objective. In truth some of the greatest works were written in entirely alien settings, and for a multitude of reasons.. Professor examines a quartet written to sell a harp, as learning exercises for students and even in the horror of a prison camp.

Each Lecture includes live performances by musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.

How England was Built - Professor Simon Thurley Play

The English Middle Ages saw the construction of some of the world's greatest buildings, structures that still shape our towns, cities and countryside and mould our national identity. This tradition continued into modern times and beyond.
These lectures give a controversial new view of how England has been built starting with the departure of the Romans and ending in the present day.

These lectures were delivered by Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, in his role as Visiting Gresham Professor. All information about these lectures and all future free public lectures can be found on the Gresham College website:

Douglas McWilliams - Globalisation: then and now Play

A collection of Professor Douglas McWilliams' lectures from his tenure as Gresham's Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce. These lectures were delivered between 2012 and 2014.
Professor McWilliams, the founder and Chief Executive of CEBR, one of the UK's leading specialist economics consultancies. For his lecture series, he chose to tackle Globalisation, both in retrospect and looking forward. This series is a masterwork of real world economics, accessible to beginners and rich enough for experts.
Also Included are Professor McWilliams' signature off topic lectures. Freed from his theme, the professor alights on topics as diverse as London's transport needs, the correlation between economic and sporting success and the necessity of Cricket to founding a democratic state.
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