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A Northumbria University, UCL, WEA and NUS event: The Impacts of WW1 on Adult and Higher Education: The North East, the UK and the Making of Post-War Europe

7 October 2017 @ 14:30

This is an invitation from Dr Daniel Laqua, Head of History at the University of Northumbria.

Dear colleagues,

You are warmly invited to a public event that we are hosting in the afternoon of Saturday 7 October: ‘The Impacts of the First World War on Adult and Higher Education: The North East, the UK and the Making of Post-War Europe’. In doing so, we will place particular emphasis on the activism of university students who had experienced conflict, examining the way in which they promoted international reconciliation, debated the future of the League of Nations or raised funds for humanitarian ventures. We will focus on developments in the North East (Newcastle and Durham) while placing them within their wider national and international contexts.

The event forms part of the project ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Re-Building of Europe, 1919-1926’, which I am running together with Georgina Brewis from the UCL Institute of Education. The project is run in partnership with the National Union of Students (Mike Day, NUS Director of Devolved Nations and Internationalism) and the Workers’ Educational Association (Jude Murphy, WEA North East). It is funded by the AHRC World War One Engagement Centre at the University of Hertfordshire.

The event will feature three presentations, each of them 15-20 mins long and followed by Q&A with the audience:
Dr Tomás Irish (Lecturer in Modern History at Swansea University) – Between the National and the International: British Universities at War, 1914-1925
Dr Sarah Hellawell (Research Associate, project ‘British Ex-Service Students and the Re-Building of Europe, 1918-1926’) – Students in North East England and the Promotion of an International Community
Dr Jude Murphy (organiser, HLF project ‘Educational Campaigns within the WEA and Affiliated Organisations, 1918-1928’) – ‘The World Is Plastic Now’: Stories of Post-War Reconstruction and Reconciliation in North East Adult Education
In addition to these talks, there will be a pop-up exhibition and a general introduction to the project.

The event will start at 2:30 pm on Saturday 7 October. The venue is the Lit & Phil (23 Westgate Road, Newcastle). The event is free; for planning purposes, it would be great if you could register at this link.

Best wishes,

Dr Daniel Laqua
Head of History / Senior Lecturer in European History

Department of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST

Tel. 0191 227 3491


7 October 2017


The Lit & Phil
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
0191 232 0192