A November 2016 edition of the journal Nature Scientific Reports tells the story of a new species of winged dinosaur discovered in southern China by construction workers, who almost destroyed it with dynamite. Rare discoveries of fossils like these inspire Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, who will be lecturing on The Curious Lives of the Thunder birds and their Kin at Summer School 2017.
Svetlana Alexievich, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature for her book Second-Hand Time, described by the judges as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, has been shortlisted for the £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize for non-fiction. Alexievich’s study of life in the Soviet Union just before the system collapsed will be of interest to the many participants enrolling for Ten Days and a Hundred Years: The Long Shadow of the Bolshevik Revolution.
Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art? No one need be, according to popular Summer School lecturer Ian Aaronson.
“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” a stage version of the best-selling novel now running to acclaim in New York, illuminates the circuitous path a young man with autism traverses to a richer and securer understanding of the world around him. A Summer School course offers an update on this frequently diagnosed disorder.