From Auden to Iron Man: Academic Scholars’ Seminars
Thursday 26 November 2020
Over the course of a term, members of the academic staff set stimulus material on a topic related to, but not covered by, the school’s schemes of work. Girls are given two weeks to complete reading and to form their views around an open question, before discussing the theme with the staff member. To simulate university-style teaching, one or two scholars are selected each time to lead the discussion and to defend their thoughts. Examples of seminar topics:
- “Are we alone in the Universe?” An exploration of cosmology, probability, biology and philosophy
- “Is heroism dead?” From the classical to the modern world, how has the nature of heroism changed?
- “The poet WH Auden famously wrote, ‘Poetry makes nothing happen.’” The importance of literature in, and to, society
- “What makes you the same person you were yesterday?” The concept of self and the philosophy of being