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Future Thinking

In our very final podcast for The Things That Made Us, we are looking at the future. The idea of the future has been a source of inspiration for authors, artists and inventors. We examine how the future is represented as something that fills us with hope but which also worries us as well. This …

Finding your Place

In this podcast, we discuss the importance of place. Over the last few months we’ve all had to get used to living far more focused lives in our immediate environment. To understand how we adapt and engage with the world around us, we can use the concept of ‘place’. This idea has been used across …

Deep Time: why we need to think in terms of scale

In this podcast, we’ll be talking about scale. Specifically, how our ideas about scale can sometimes be misleading. We are human and operate on a human time-scale of days, weeks, months, years and decades. We think in terms of human life spans. However, we live in a world that is far older than that. The …

Evolution and Diverse Thinking

This podcast discusses Charles Darwin’s book published in 1859, On the Origin of Species. The book proposes evolution as the means by which animals and plants adapt and change. The book forwards a revolution in science. But it also offered a way of thinking. Darwin uses a model of ‘deep time’ analysis to understand alterations. …

Liberal Arts Conversation

In this podcast, we discuss Liberal Arts with Ellie a second year Liberal Arts student. Ellie tells us about the choices made when deciding to study Liberal Arts. We also discuss how modules are chosen and the process of selection. Importantly, in this conversation we talk about the connections that can be made in Liberal …

Summer Reading

Summer is here! The opportunities for travel might not be as extensive this year, so we wanted to suggest a few books from the Liberal Arts Team that we’ve read and are planning to read that you might enjoy. Feel free to suggest some yourselves. Reading will be our adventure this summer! We’re using these …

Ruins and the Making of Us

The topic of this podcast is ruins and the impact they have on us. We live amongst the remains of previous decades, the structures of preceding centuries and the remains of previous civilisations. These ruins have moved us in different ways. Sometimes, we view these structures as romantic visions of historical eras. We can also …

Future Thinking and the Random Nature of the World

In this podcast we explore what it means to embrace the random nature of the world. If we look around us today, we see crises. We are living with the impact of Covid-19. But there are social, cultural, economic, political and environmental crises, too. To address these, we need to think about the future. But …

Empathy and Engagement

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen random acts of kindness which have made our world better during the impact of Covid-19. People have reached out to others to help and assist. Empathy has become far more of a focus of concern because of the pandemic. We investigate this in our latest podcast. We look …

Liberal Arts Conversation

In our latest Liberal Arts Conversation, we speak to Julia who has just finished the first year of study. In this podcast, we discuss how Julia came to study Liberal Arts. We also discuss the ways that Julia has chosen modules. Importantly, Julia also discusses the connections between the subjects that have been part of …