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  • 3 Dec 2020 14:00 | Anonymous


    THE SUBTLE SCIENCE AND EXACT ART OF COLOUR IN ENGLISH GARDEN DESIGN

    by Timothy Walker

    PADFAS (The Arts Society Paris) invite you to their Live online Zoom lecture Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 2.00 p.m.

    In 1888 Gertrude Jekyll wrote a short but seminal article in The Garden in which she urged the readers to “remember that in a garden we are painting a picture”. As an accomplished watercolour artist, Miss Jekyll was familiar with the principles of using colours, but she felt that in gardens these principles “had been greatly neglected”. This talk looks at how to apply these principles in designing a border, but it also looks at the ways in which a border is different from a painting. However, it goes further than this and looks at how contemporary work of the likes of Turner, Monet, Rothko, Jackson Pollack, and Hockney evolved in parallel with ideas about what a garden or border should look like.


    Since 1986 Timothy Walker has given 1,500 public lectures. This was originally part of his work as director of the Oxford University Botanic Garden from 1988 to 2014. Botanic gardens are often described as living museums, and garden curators lecture about them in the same way as museum curators talk about their collections. Since 2014 he has been a college lecturer and tutor at Somerville College Oxford. Gardens are often thought of a place where science and art meet on equal terms. Timothy Walker’s lectures investigate this relationship.


    Click here to register for Timothy Walker's online Zoom Lecture

    You will receive a link to connect the lecture on Wednesday 2nd December.

    The zoom meeting "room" will be open from 13:30 to allow time for you to join the meeting, and chat to other members, within the limits of zoom capabilities.
    At 14:00 all microphones will be put on mute while the lecture is in progress.
    Please note that muting is necessary to avoid interruption to the lecture.

  • 7 Sep 2020 09:00 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)


    Meeting Minds goes global - and digital


    Whilst it is disappointing we can't invite alumni to join us in Oxford this year, we are thrilled to bring Meeting Minds to the world virtually in 2020, and all for FREE!

    Our usual alumni weekend has grown into an alumni week, as going digital allows us to bring you an engaging programme of events from 7-12 September 2020. Each day of Meeting Minds Global will bring you a wide range of content from all around the University including panel discussions, Q&As, virtual tours, musical performances and much more!

    You only need to register once to access all content throughout the week and you can find full registration details at the bottom of this email. Most importantly you will need your Oxford Number to register.

    REGISTER HERE

    World-class speakers and topical themes


    Meeting Minds Global will offer the usual line-up of expert and engaging academic and alumni speakers. Our line-up so far includes:

    • Professor Sir John Bell giving an insight into Oxford’s Covid-19 research
    • Professor Bernie Hogan discussing how to manage your social media presence
    • A panel of distinguished alumni celebrating the 100th anniversary of the PPE degree
    • Dr Lena Fritsch taking you behind the scenes of her exhibition at the Ashmolean
    • An audience with the Vice-Chancellor who will be taking your questions

    And as always, we will hear from our venerable Chancellor who, with the help of distinguished guests, will examine the role of Britain’s soft power.




  • 21 May 2020 14:00 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)

    Join Vice-Chancellor Louise Richardson in conversation with Professor Richard Cornall

    Join us this Friday 22 May, 1-2pm (BST), for a webinar featuring Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson and the Head of the Nuffield Department of Medicine, Professor Richard Cornall, to talk about the University's research into the COVID-19 virus.

    Professor Cornall will discuss Oxford’s contribution to the management of this crisis through the work of our researchers, particularly the pioneering work on a potential vaccine, developing therapeutics to treat the disease.

    Join the webinar


  • 21 May 2020 12:45 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)


    Thursday 21 May (11.45am-12.15pm BST)

    Join our weekly online talks from several of the University's leading academics. You can hear short presentations on their work, and have a chance to ask questions.


    JOIN

  • 26 Apr 2020 20:30 | Anonymous

    Sunday Stargazing with Chris Lintott

    We don't want people to stop learning... and so we've created Meeting Minds Online.

    Our Meeting Minds events bring together alumni from all over the world and we want to continue that with a selection of curated online webinars to keep you and your families learning through this time.

     

    Reach for the stars - from your living room!

    Join Chris Lintott, Professor of Astrophysics and lead of the Zooniverse.org project at Oxford’s Department of Physics, for a live ramble around the night sky.

    No telescope will be necessary, just head into the garden, onto the balcony, or look out of the window to follow along.

    The session will include plenty of time for Q&A, so come equipped with space-related questions.

    Date: Sunday 26 April

    Time: 8.30-9.30pm BST

     

    Find out how to join


  • 1 Apr 2020 19:00 | Anonymous


    “What are prisons for?  Recent events in England reviewed”.  Professor Padfield will discuss the UK Government’s current plans in the light of recent events, exploring the purposes of sentencing and of the prison system.


    Professor Nicola (Nicky) Padfield was the Master of Fitzwilliam College 2013-19, and remains Professor of Criminal and Penal Justice in the Law Faculty.  She is an Hon QC, and actively involved in the life of the Middle Temple, where she is a Bencher.  She has taught in Cambridge since 1991 and is an Honorary and Life Fellow of her College.  Her research focuses on sentencing and its implications: particularly parole and recall. She has also been involved in Learning Together, the prison education programme which suffered the tragic murder late last year of two alumni of the Institute of Criminology, one a member of staff at the time of his death.

    LE ZIMMER
    1 Place du Châtelet
    75001 Paris

    After the war of 1870, some wealthy families from Alsace wanted to remain French Citizens. To do so, they moved to Paris and founded brasseries. The Zimmers were amongst them, and their restaurant remains as one of the finest Belle Epoque restaurants in Paris, recently decorated by Jacques Garcia. Formerly the stamping ground of Sarah Bernhardt, Richard Strauss, Emile Zola, Picasso, and Toulouse Lautrec, Le Zimmer remains a symbol of Le Belle Epoque.

     

    Aperitifs will be served from 7pm and we will sit down to dinner at 7:45pm

    Ticket Application
    Tickets are €55 per person for members of the Cambridge Society of Paris and the Oxford University Society in Paris and their guests.

    A discounted price of €35 per person is offered to members and guests under 30.

    To apply for tickets for the Dinner, please go to the CamSoc website and make your booking.

  • 17 Mar 2020 19:00 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)

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    Title: Nature-balanced Society
    Date: 17th March 2020 7pm to 9.30pm
    Location: The British Council, 9 Rue de Constantine, Paris
    Registration link: https://www.billetweb.fr/environmental-conference-series-a-nature-balanced-society

    Summary: Reports by the UN, scientists across the world and other sources, show there needs to be some major shifts in our society to restore the natural balance. Becoming carbon neutral and regenerating our eco-systems is only part of the equation; a mind-set is needed to cultivate long-termism. This evening draws together speakers from different backgrounds who will provide some windows into the society level actions taking place. They will discuss the situation with the audience.

    A chance to mingle and discuss afterwards with drinks and snacks will be provided.


  • 11 Mar 2020 19:00 | Anonymous


    A daring reworking of Shakespeare’s magisterial tragedy focuses on a family of women dealing with the mental and moral disintegration of the head of the household. produced by Cygnet Theatre, Paris

    Dates: 11, 12, 18, 19 March 2020

    Venue: Théâtre de Verre, 12 Rue Henri Ribière, 75019 Paris

    Early onset Alzheimer’s provides the context for Cygnet Theatre’s radical approach to its latest production of Lear. This adaptation takes William Shakespeare’s great tragedy King Lear - the story of a royal family on the brink of self-annihilation, and turns it on its head by recasting the elderly, domineering monarch as the matriarch of a powerful, noble family. 

    Director and Cygnet Theatre company member, Joshua Stretton is responsible for crafting this thoughtful departure from the classic presentation of this immense play, which deals with power struggles, the redistribution of wealth, psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, family discord and mental deterioration. He explains what motivated him to take on such a well-known play. “Age is at the heart of Lear. We all know we shall grow old; many of us hope to get there and, on the way, make peace with our ultimate end.

    We are reimagining this moment occurring in the body of a younger woman  faced with the dramatic acceleration of her end. Early onset Alzheimer’s can take hold in people as young as 30, with many symptoms emerging before the sufferer notices something is wrong. Our Lear faces a conscious end, with the years of her life stretching before her. The decision must be taken about what to do about the time that is left.”

    The cast will be stripped-back to include eight performers with one actor performing the key roles of Cordelia and The Fool. Major characters and plot lines have been sacrificed, all in service to the themes at the heart of the story – family and loyalty. Stretton has been heavily influenced by the style of epic theatre, a technique associated with celebrated theatre practitioners Erwin Piscator and Bertolt Brecht. I intend to use epic theatre aesthetics to retain the structure and style of Shakespearean theatre, while allowing the actors to investigate the inner workings of their characters and present the complex play of emotions hidden in each scene,” says Stretton.

    The production will be performed at the edgy Théâtre de Verre, a venue popular amongst the artistic community, in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Place des Fêtes in the 19tharrondisement, which offers affordable rehearsal and performance space, a rarity in Paris.

    Cygnet Theatre was founded in 2019 by a group of enterprising international creatives who are dedicated to producing the highest quality classical theatre – in English– in Paris. Thanks to their successful summer productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing they have established themselves as the unofficial artists-in-residence at the Jardins des Arènes de Montmartre, an outdoor amphitheatre which lies just beneath the Basilica of Sacré Cœur. 

    Lear is the company’s first winter production and the first to be performed in a traditional theatre setting. However, this is not theatre aimed exclusively at the Anglophone community. Cygnet Theatre work is also intended to appeal to the French community. Although Lear will be presented in the original English, projected French surtitles will make the piece as accessible as possible.  

    Please contact www.cygnettheatreparis.com for tickets

    _Lear poster.pdf

  • 5 Mar 2020 14:00 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)

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    The 12th century temples of Angkor are the biggest religious monument in the world, a recreation of Hindu cosmos, covered in exquisite carvings. It highlights the brilliance of Khmer architects and bas-reliefs of the Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

    The lecture concludes with contemporary Cambodia and the living arts, especially classical dance wit performers re-enacting sacred dances in front of the temples.

    Additional details sent via email.

  • 6 Feb 2020 14:00 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)

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    This event will be held at Theatre du Ranelagh (5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris)

    PADFAS memebers free, non-PADFAS members €15, payable at the event, no registration required

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