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The Department welcomed members of the public by the hundreds to this year's Open Day, 14 November. Guests attended 33 events - short lectures, workshops, informational sessions and walking tours - all free of charge. Here is a small selection of the events that happened on the day.

Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2012 Oxford University

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The Department welcomed members of the public by the hundreds to this year's Open Day, 14 November. Guests attended 33 events - short lectures, workshops, informational sessions and walking tours - all free of charge. Here is a small selection of the events that happened on the day.

    The Num8er My5teries

    The Num8er My5teries

    Professor Marcus du Sautoy - mathematician, footballer and amateur musician - shows how mathematicians have contributed to our understanding of the world around us for millennia. We are all taught how fundamental maths is to the world we live in. But did you know that Wayne Rooney solves a quadratic equation every time he connects with a cross to put the ball in the back of the net? That we use prime numbers when we shop on the Internet? In this lecture Professor Marcus du Sautoy - mathematician, footballer and amateur musician - shows how mathematicians have contributed to our understanding of the world around us for millennia. Mathematician Professor Marcus du Sautoy is our Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 52 min
    Economics: which way now?

    Economics: which way now?

    Dr Martin Ruhs introduces the Department's expanding portfolio of economics courses, in the context of the on-going debate about where economics is headed, starting with the world economic downturn. What were the causes of the global financial crisis and why did most economists fail to predict it? How should we regulate the global flows of capital, labour and commodities? Who are the "new economic powers" and how will they shape the world economy? How can social entrepreneurship affect economic and social processes in the 21st century? This presentation will introduce the expanding portfolio of economics courses at CONTED. Dr Martin Ruhs is a University Lecturer in Political Economy, and economist Professor Jonathan Michie is Director of the Department for Continuing Education.

    • 23 min
    Henry II and the Twelfth-Century World

    Henry II and the Twelfth-Century World

    Dr Elizabeth Gemmill introduces the most remarkable monarch, Henry II, whose dominions stretched from the south west of France to the north of Britain. His achievements have lasted until our own times, but his reign was marred by tragedy too. Henry II's dominions stretched from the south west of France to the north of Britain. His achievements (and his reputation) have lasted until our own times, but his reign was marred by tragedy too. In this taster session Dr Elizabeth Gemmill introduces this most remarkable monarch and the twelfth-century world that was his stage. Local Historian Dr Elizabeth Gemmill is Director of the Certificate in Higher Education and the Weekly Classes Programme. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 53 min
    W.B. Yeats and the Ghost Club

    W.B. Yeats and the Ghost Club

    Dr Tara Stubbs uses exciting new research findings to discuss the close links between Yeats's attendances at the Ghost Club during the 1910s-1920s, his (sometimes amusing) spiritualist experiments, and his poetic works. The London-based Ghost Club was an esoteric society with many high-profile members. My talk will use exciting new research findings to discuss the close links between Yeats's attendances at the Ghost Club during the 1910s-1920s, his (sometimes amusing) spiritualist experiments, and his poetic works. Dr Tara Stubbs is a University Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 37 min
    Boulevards, Brushwork and Bugattis : Modern Art and Design in Paris

    Boulevards, Brushwork and Bugattis : Modern Art and Design in Paris

    In the nineteenth-century Paris was transformed into an alluring spectacle of cafés, department stores and exhibitions. Dr Claire O'Mahony looks at the inspiration of the modern city of light from Impressionist painters to the glamour of Art Deco. In the nineteenth-century Paris was transformed into an alluring spectacle of cafés, department stores and exhibitions. We will look at the inspiration of the modern city of light from Impressionist painters to the glamour of Art Deco. Dr Claire O'Mahony is Course Director of the Undergraduate Diploma in the History of Art and the MSt in the History of Design. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 40 min
    Philosophy in 45 minutes!

    Philosophy in 45 minutes!

    Marianne Talbot takes participants on a romp through the nature of philosophy for complete beginners discussing some of the BIG questions of life: does God exist? How should we live? What is truth? Does space come to an end or is it infinite? Philosophy deals with the BIG questions of life: does God exist? How should we live? What is truth? What are numbers and do we need them? Does space come to an end or is it infinite? In this 45 minute slot Marianne Talbot will take participants on a romp through the nature of philosophy for complete beginners. Philosopher Marianne Talbot is our Director of Studies in Philosophy, and is well-known as an author and the creator of two hugely popular Philosophy podcast series. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 46 min

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