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February 2020

Study Day – Euripides

February 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Euripides, The Trojan Women (415 bc), Iphigenia Amongst the Taurians (c. 412 bc) and Iphigenia in Aulis (405 bc) After identifying on previous study days Euripides’ sympathetic engagement with the predicament of women in his Electra and Medea, we shall explore what three more of his plays might have to say to us today. We shall include reference to the films by Michael Cacoyannis that were released in 1971 and 1977. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers…

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March 2020

Monday Lecture – 2nd March, Christopher Joll: Regimental Historian of the Household Cavalry

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Christopher Joll was educated at the RMA Sandhurst and Oxford University. He served in The Life Guards from 1968 to 1975, during which time he spent two years in Northern Ireland during the early years of The Troubles. After leaving the British Army, Christopher worked in the City and in industry, including several years as the international sales director of the Coventry armoured car manufacturer, Alvis Ltd. Since 2000, Christopher has focused on writing action-adventure novels and military history, and…

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Monday Lecture – 9th March, Ruth Durrant: Ruskin-A presentation with a difference

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Study Day – Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge (1841)

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Might a narrative which exposes misrepresentation and lies (‘fake news’), persuasion through flattery and manipulation (‘spin’) and incitement to violence (‘rabble rousing’) possibly be relevant today? It is difficult to account for the relative neglect of a novel which shows Dickens at his most passionate and compassionate. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members. £20 for BMI Members

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Monday Lecture – 16th March, Stephen Hartland: Moving men of stone

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Monday Lecture – 23rd March, BMI Forum with Dan & Samina

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Join Dan & Samina as they provide updates on the BMI and what's happening since the AGM in Jan.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and find our what you wish to know.

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Monday Lecture – 30th March, James Dawson: Comets, our scientific understanding and their appearance in Art

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Join the History of Astronomy's James Dawson as he takes us through the stars once again.  Looking at Comets, he will explore the science behind them and show some of the interpretations in of them in art.

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April 2020

Study Day – In the shadow of Depardieu and Deneuve?

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Although French cinema may have established a reputation for offering heartthrobs and sirens, their leading actors have developed a remarkable range led perhaps by Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve with over 400 films between them. We shall pay tribute to their achievement, but go on to examine what some of their successors have contributed to an industry that resolutely retains its own identity and distinctive merit. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith…

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Monday Lecture – 6th April, Marie-Louise Taylor: Beethoven

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Join Marie-Louise Taylor as she celebrates Beethoven's 250th Anniversary.

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Study Day – Shakespeare , The Comedy of Errors (1594) & The Winter’s Tale (1611)

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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The tribulations of those boys from Syracuse become the excuse for riotous comedy, whereas the fevered imaginings of the King of Sicilia have tragic consequences. Nevertheless, although these two plays come at opposite ends of Shakespeare’s career, they share one intriguing factor that is to be found nowhere else amongst his plays. Join us to find out what it is! To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members.…

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May 2020

Monday Lecture – 4th May, Dr Helen Davies:The freak show in Victorian Birmingham: The strange case of Millie and Christine

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Millie and Christine McCoy were African American conjoined twins, born into slavery in America’s Deep South in 1851. They were stolen from their family at an early age, and trafficked around North America and Europe until being discovered on exhibition in Birmingham. This talk explores their extraordinary life, and focuses upon the sensational coverage of their rescue in the Birmingham local press. What can the strange case of Millie and Christine tell us about attitudes towards gender, race, and bodily…

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Study Days – Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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It is fifteen years – which is far too long – since we last devoted a day to Jane Austen’s final (and best?) novel. Naval matters, marriages, social aspirations and rivalry between sisters are the frame for a focus upon the pernicious effects of over-persuasion with deeply-felt emotional consequences before a happy resolution. To attend this event, please book directly with organisers Dr Pamela Mason & Keith Parsons at studydays@deliveringshakespeare.com   £21 non-members. £20 for BMI Members

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Monday Lecture – 11th May, Dr Brian Dakin: Our best kept secret. Charlie’s Life Story

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Dr Brian Dakin is Aston University lecturer and using spoken word as well as performance, he will introduce you to one of our "Best kept secrets."  Charlie "Chas" Grigg lived in the Black Country his whole life, but what he gave to the world spanned way beyond.  Charlie was the the illustrator of the beloved Beano & Dandy comic books.  He also designed many of the "Naughty" Seaside Postcards we are so used to seeing. There will be a collection…

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Monday Lecture – 18th May, Stephen Hartland: From Georgian town to Victorian city

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Stephen will take us on a journey across an hundred years, describing the development of the Birmingham streetscape from a Georgian Town to a powerful Victorian City.

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June 2020

Monday Lecture – 8th June, Dr Serena Trowbridge: Pre Raphaelite Mythbuster: Gossip, Scandals and Secrets

June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Did Elizabeth Siddall's hair really grow in her coffin? Why did Effie Gray really divorce Ruskin? Did Rossetti really seduce all his models? Why was Swinburne considered so shocking? What made Christina Rossetti break off her engagements? This lecture will look at the evidence and explore a number of myths surrounding the Victorian artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelites.   Dr Serena Trowbridge is Reader in Victorian Literature at Birmingham City University. Recent publications include My Ladys Soul: The Poetry of…

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Monday Lecture – 15th June, Charlotte Holmes: Birmingham Back to Backs and exciting times ahead

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Join the National Trusts Curator Charlotte Holmes as she talks about the exciting new plans for the Back to Backs at Inge Street, with the creation of new programmed activity around the Windrush generation.

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Monday Lecture – 22nd June – BMI Forum with Dan & Samina

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, England B3 3BS United Kingdom
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Join Dan & Samina as they provide updates on the BMI and what's happening since the last forum and a look ahead to the rest of 2020.  This is your opportunity to ask questions and find our what you wish to know.

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