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DVD stand close upThis week we’ve added DVD recordings of the three episodes from Genius of the Modern World to our collection.

BBC 4 broadcast the series in June 2016. The series examined three famous figures from the nineteenth century whose ideas and theories influence the world today; Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. Our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences students will find each of the episodes as equally relevant. They study Marx’s theory on the industrial revolution and its effects in their sociology unit.

Episode 1 examines Marx’s theory on revolution as well as the work he did with Engels which resulted in the Communist Manifesto. Episode 2 on Nietzsche discusses how his philosophy on science and religion and a godless world links in with their history unit on fascism as Nietzsche’s sister reinterpreted his work to match in with Nazi propaganda which he himself would have been against. Episode 3 on Freud outlines his work on desire and the unconscious mind which resulted in psychoanalysis and its theories. Our students study Freud as an integral part of their psychology unit.

Find more on Marx, Nietzsche and Freud on our library catalogue. And if you missed the series you can still catch up on it on BBC iPlayer.

 

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Religious booksOver the past week we’ve been busy adding dictionaries and books on different religions and beliefs to our Quick Reference section. Ideal for thoughtful contemplation over the festive break…

Here are the dictionaries we’ve added which give explanations of concepts, terms and theories and include biographies of key figures:

Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

Oxford Dictionary of the Bible

The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

The Oxford Dictionary of Popes

A Dictionary of Hinduism

They are supplemented by the excellent A Very Short Introduction series we’ve highlighted before:

God: A Very Short Introduction by Joun Bowker

The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction by Luke Timothy Johnson

Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction by Gerald O’Collins

Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by Ennis B Edmonds

Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven

Judaism: A Very Short Introduction by John Solomon

Tibetan Bhuddism: A Very Short Introduction by Matthew T Kapstein

If you are not religious or interested in researching religion then these two from the series on paganism and spirituality will appeal:

Paganism: A Very Short Introduction by Owen Davies

Spirituality: A Very Short Introduction by Philip Sheldrake

 

 

 

 

 

Religious books and dictionaries

Grayson Perry trail and National Portrait Gallery brochureAs a college Hillcroft aims to reflect the diverse background of its learners and staff. Our Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Science students look at identity as part of their Psychology and Sociology units. If you’re interested in diversity and equality then you’ll like the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry’s exhibition Who Are You? running until 15 March 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The exhibition follows the 14 items in the exhibition which appeared in the Channel 4 programme Grayson Perry: Who Are You? broadcast this autumn. They include a poster representing the identity and beliefs of a deaf community group, a Benin-styled statue of Peter Pan depicting a female to male transsexual and a young British woman from Kent who has converted to Islam encapsulated in a silk Hijab. Plus 3 statues of women from a women’s group which supports so called obese women. One of Perry’s signature ceramic pots portrays a gay couple who have adopted a mixed race child. You can follow Grayson’s trail of works at the National Portrait Gallery.

If you’d like to find out more about the artwork go through backruns of the TV programme by visiting 4oD.

At the same time the National Portrait Gallery is displaying Suffragettes: Deeds Not Words examining how the suffragette movement spent the summer of 1914 increasing their fight for the vote and protesting against the Cat and Mouse Act up. The display runs up to 10 May 2015.

Both the exhibition and the display offer free entry.


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