PROFESSOR STEPHEN PARKER ‘What is Religious Education and why should it be taught in schools?’
Join Professor Stephen Parker as he delivers his lecture at The Hive on Wednesday, 1 October at 5.30pm in the Studio.
Religious Education (RE) has been a compulsory subject in grant maintained schools since the 1944 Education Act. This lecture will trace the subject’s development since then, particularly focusing on changes to its content, nature and purpose from the 1960s in response to a range of factors. The lecture will conclude by examining recent critiques of RE, examining various justifications for its continuing place in the education of young people.
Tickets are free and on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and can be collected from the University of Worcester St John’s main reception or The Hive, Level 1, Information Pod.
Refreshments are available on arrival.
‘All about becoming a grandma’ and ‘All about babies’
Grandparents-to-be can brush-up on their parenting skills in a new seminar at The Hive designed to help new grandmas support the mother of their grandchild and find out the latest parenting advice.
The seminars, on Wednesday mornings from 10.30 to 11.30am at The Hive, are run by Professor Mary Nolan from the University of Worcester, who has many years’ experience in working with parents, families and babies on birth and parenting skills.
Professor Nolan is also running sessions for expectant and new parents who would like to find out all about babies; Are genes the whole story? How do babies learn? What do babies really need? What about crying?
The dates for ‘Becoming a grandma’ are 8 and 22 October. The dates for ‘All about babies’ are 1 and 15 October.
The seminar costs £1 and places can be reserved over the phone by calling the University of Worcester on 01905 855141.
Tickets available for Startling New Play to Commemorate the First World War
As part of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War Worcester’s iconic library, The Hive, will be welcoming back theatre company Pentabus to perform its latest production Each Slow Dusk on Friday 7 November at 7pm.
Directed by Elizabeth Freestone and written by award winning playwright Rory Mullarkey, the moving play Each Slow Dusk charts the experience of three young men serving on the western front, linking their stories to a woman today, just home to her village after a tour of the battlefields.
Tickets for the event cost £8 – £6 for concessions – and can be purchased in person from The Hive Information Pod on Level 1 in the atrium. They can also be reserved over the phone 01905 765 576, but must be collected by 31 October.
Each Slow Dusk is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, including an interval. It is suitable for 14+ age range.
The Hive has a busy arts programme, which this autumn and winter includes The Beeline Story Telling Festival and Christmas play Under The Stars by Birmingham Playhouse.
Have we forgotten the horrors of war? RSA debate at The Hive
Join speakers Professor Maggie Andrews, from the University of Worcester, Dr Adrian Gregson RMARA, Archival Policy and Collections Manager and Diocesan Archivist and Nic Millington, Chief Executive of the Rural Media Company, on Tuesday 11 November at 6pm at The Hive for a Question Time-style debate with the Royal Society of Arts to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
As veterans who served in the armed forces continue to relive the horrors they experienced, is it easy to overlook the hidden psychological wounds of war?
Has the technological evolution of warfare meant that our fear of combat has reduced? Is it easy to forget the horrors of war when you cannot see it up close? We want to hear your opinion.
The future prospects of the human race are at the heart of the joint RSA/Hive public debates.
Tickets for this event are free of charge and are available to collect in person at The Hive from the Level 1 Information Pod in the atrium.