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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Durham Book Festival - Public Debate This House Believes That There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

12th October 2014, 12:30 to 14:00, Durham Town Hall, Durham City

Durham University’s Professor Barbara Graziosi and Dr Colin Macfarlane are joined by Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology and winner of the prestigious 2013 $1 million TED Prize, for his innovative School in the Cloud project, and author, broadcaster, classicist and former stand-up comedian Natalie Haynes to debate whether there is really such a thing as novelty.

Can truly new ideas and practices emerge? Or does history simply repeat itself in different forms? Are the evolutionary and physical processes we observe just the logical outcome of development and environmental pressures? Or do unexpected and novel things appear? Is there really anything genuinely ‘new’ under the sun?

Chaired by Professor Tom McLeish


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