Education, Value and the Art of Living

‘Education, Value and the Art of Living’ is the title of a ‘colloquium’ (a kind of academic seminar with a variety of lecturers) to be held at St Michael’s Cornhill in the City of London on 14 November.

St Michael's Cornhill image,jpgThe one-day event aims to prompt discussion on the meaning and purpose of education in the current UK context of ‘instrumentalisation’. Seven 20-minute papers will explore the topic from a host of perspectives – contemporary and historical, political and cultural, personal and institutional – to open a set of arguments about teaching, learning, value and the ‘art of living’.

In contrast to the prevailing notion of education as a service industry for advanced capitalism, the papers will offer “a bracing challenge to prevailing orthodoxies in the search for a more adequate understanding of what education can be for human flourishing”.

Speakers include Labour peer Maurice Glasman on ‘Education and the Common Good’, Claire Connolly, professor of English at University College Cork, on Irish educaition around 1801, and Francis O’Gorman, professor of Victorian literature and head of the school of English at the University of Leeds, on forgetfulness.

To reserve a place at the colloquium, please send a cheque made out to ‘St Michael’s Cornhill PCC’ to Kay Norman, St Michael’s Cornhill, St Michael’s Church Vestry, Cornhill, London, EC3V 9DS, or email:, by 1 November 2014.

Waged: £17; unwaged £13: lunch (included) will be provided by the Drapers’ Company in Drapers’ Hall.


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