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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

2011-2012: Futures II

The Public Intellectual in Classical Athens and Today at The Royal Society in London

The Public Intellectual in Classical Athens and Today at The Royal Society in London

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This panel event organised by Durham University took place on 28th June 2012 and examined the influence of ancient Athens on democracy today. The all-female panel featured TV presenter and historian Bettany Hughes, Guardian chief arts and culture writer Charlotte Higgins and ancient drama and democracy expert Professor Edith Hall

From 2010-2012 the next two IAS themes are on the subject of 'Futures.' In the first year (2010-11), IAS Fellows and Durham academics will discuss the problems of predicting and responding to future challenges in government, science and culture. The second year of Futures (2011-12) will mark the IAS's successful completion of five major themes: The Legacy of Charles Darwin, Modelling, Being Human, Water, Futures. Thus it is an appropriate time to reflect on how the IAS can build on the model of such research projects to inform and drive Durham's research programme into future areas of excellence. The Futures year 2011-2012 will therefore develop the Fellowship programme around intra- inter- and multi-disciplinary ventures that could become real centres of excellence for Durham in the future.