THURSDAY, 2nd October:
The Poetry Society: ‘The Pity’, 6pm-7.15pm, Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
‘The Pity’ is an evening where four of the UK’s most exciting poets premiere work about the First World War. Commemorating the centenary of the conflict, the Poetry Society has commissioned contemporary responses from Denise Riley, Steve Ely, Warsan Shire and Zaffar Kunial. Presented on National Poetry Day, these sequences summon less familiar aspects of the war’s legacy: from Vogue’s directives on mourning attire (‘must not depress’) and the national passion for séances to the notion of no-man’s-land and the rise of modernity. More info: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/events/event/2822/
WEDNESDAY, 8th October:
LSE Public Lecture: British Government, 6.30pm-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building (LSE)
Speakers: Professor David Armitage, Dr Jo Guldi, Professor Simon Szreter
Chair: Professor Paul Kelly
How should historians speak truth to power – and why does it matter? Why is five hundred years better than five months or five years as a planning horizon? And why is history – especially long-term history – so essential to understanding the multiple pasts which gave rise to our conflicted present? The History Manifesto is a ‘call to arms’ to historians and everyone interested in the role of history in contemporary society. Leading historians David Armitage and Jo Guldi identify a recent shift back to longer-term narratives, following many decades of increasingly specialization, which they argue is vital for the future of historical scholarship and how it is communicated. This provocative and thoughtful book makes an important intervention in the debate about the role of history and the humanities in a digital age. It will provoke discussion among policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs as well as ordinary listeners, viewers, readers, students and teachers.