Originally posted on Religion, Philosophy & Ethics: So, last night, we went to Copa in Cheltenham – and Dave and Roy argued about Free-Will. Dave argued for free-will.. Roy argued that we do not have Free-will. We met today for…
Melissa Raphael argues that if people are shocked by contemporary pornography it’s not because they are prudes but because, on the contrary, they actually enjoy sex. Pornography, she says, gets its thrill not from sex itself, which it finds monotonous, even disgusting, but from its own acts of transgression. Ironically, she argues, “while pornography has intensified its onslaught against sex, religious attitudes to sex have got ever more celebratory”.
In October, the School of Humanities is hosting two lectures for Black History month.
On 14 October (6.30pm), Bonnie Greer, OBE, will speak on Disruption and Insouciance: “We tend to talk a great deal about the past. But what about the future? What tools from the past can we recognize and utilize – things that might seem ‘improper’; ‘unacceptable’, that are, in fact survival mechanisms, and beautiful.”
On 20 October (7.00pm), Gary Youngewill explore Free at Last: Reclaiming the Forgotten Stories of Black History:
“Black History Month gives us all a chance to rescue stories that have been discarded, correct stories that have been mistold and elevate stories that have been downplayed. Black history is not a subgenre of history. Nor does it stand apart from other histories. It makes no more or less sense than American history, Jewish history or Tudor history. Nor is it any more or less diverse – black historians don’t agree on everything just because they’re black. Partial, interconnected, necessary, it is the world’s history told either about or through the prism of a particular group of people.”
Both lectures will take place in TC001 on the University of Gloucestershire’s Francis Close Hall Campus.
Tickets are £5 (free to University staff and students) and can be booked via the Student Union.
This Saturday, 03 October is an Open Day – an opportunity for potential applicants to come and find out about the Theology and Religious Studies Course and explore why the Guardian has us in the top three Universities for the subject.
You can access the Theology and Religious Studies Course page here.