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From Our Fellows 10, December 2017

In this edition of short reflections ‘From Our Fellows’ to bring 2017 to a close, Maggie Snowling explains the importance of good language skills for social mobility and diversity; Helen Wallace explains the continuing value of European Studies as an academic discipline; and Simon Blackburn provides a philosopher’s explanation of ‘truth’.

Diversity in society is a widely recognised goal, but how is it to be achieved? Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John’s College, Oxford, draws on her study of language-learning difficulties to offer some suggestions.

December 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. Dame Helen Wallace, previously Professor in the European Institute at the London School of Economics, joins in the celebrations, but also asks – what is the future for European studies? [at 11:12]

Feeling confused in a ‘fake news’, ‘post-truth’ world – unsure of what a fact is? Simon Blackburn, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Professor at the New College of the Humanities, introduces us to some fundamental philosophical theories of truth. [at 16:47]
(Professor Blackburn also presented this talk at the Nobel Week Dialogue in December 2017.)

Release date 20 December 2017