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Time: 6.00pm - 7.15pm
Venue: JG0003, Penrhyn Road campus, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE
Speaker(s): Dr Martin Corner - Licensed Lay Minister, All Saints Church Kingston
The Victorian poet, school reformer and cultural critic Matthew Arnold was one of the most provocative and original thinkers of his generation.
A century and a half since his work Culture and Anarchy was published, the profound problems which exercised Arnold have resurfaced to confront us again today: deepening economic and social divisions and the implications for a shared culture; the state of public education and the fundamental purpose of education; and the relationship between religion, society and the state - now in a multi-faith Britain.
Three free-standing discussions will explore key dimensions of Arnold's thinking, focusing on the implications and lessons for us today, introduced by Dr Martin Corner, former lecturer in English and American Literature at Kingston University, drawing in the thoughts of practitioners grappling with the same issues today.
Respondent: Adrian Coyle, Professor of Psychology, Kingston University
This meeting will explore the context of Arnold's basic sense of unease, most directly expressed in Culture and Anarchy - the turbulent political and social changes of his time; the growth of the new industrial towns and the urban working classes; revolutionary fears; and the mid-century political changes including the steadily-widening franchise.
Faced with the cultural gulfs of his time, the provinciality of Victorian England, and its closure to 'the best that has been known and thought', we see Arnold's sense that 'culture' held the key. But where did Arnold's critique take him? And what does it offer us today, facing a resurgence of the same fundamental problems?
Tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm.
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Contact: Andrew Williams
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