[#BBKblogs] Birkbeck's Frank Trentmann discusses why claims that we are tiring of selfish consumption aren’t supported by the evidence and without a fundamental rethink, nothing will change.

Is this the year we finally get to grips with all our stuff? If so, it has been a long time coming. Forecasters and commentators say we have entered a new era where people prefer to share rather than own,...
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Declutter your cupboard if you want, but it won't save the planet | Frank Trentmann

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The President of Birkbeck, Baroness Bakewell, has called on the Government to give part-time study a ‘much stronger role’ in its thinking about higher education.

Baroness Bakewell said she believed part-time study and lifelong learning was ‘the shape of the future’ and would play an important role in the lives of people wanting to retrain in new skills in the future. The Baroness’s remarks...
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Birkbeck President calls part-time study ‘the shape of the future’

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What a beautiful sunny day in Bloomsbury! It's nice in the sun but if you step into the shadows it's like night & day. If you're in the area we suggest getting a hot coffee from our friends at Lever & Bloom Coffee on Byng Place - just look for their little red coffee van. Say hello to Mounir from us.

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[Discover our research] On the eve of Trump's inauguration as 45th President of the United States, listen to Birkbeck's Prof Rob Singh talk about his latest book, "After Obama".

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After Obama: Renewing American Leadership, Restoring Global Order

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A team of Birkbeck scientists will be running a live science experiment with members of the public at the Science Museum in South Kensington. The team from Birkbeck’s Department of Psychological Sciences will be conducting #BBKresearch to understand how much we read from people simply by looking at their faces. They hope to learn more about why different people like looking at different faces...
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Birkbeck team to run live science experiments at the Science Museum — 16 Jan-19 Feb

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[#BBKblogs] Catherine Heard, Director of ICPR’s World Prison Research Programme, discusses Barack Obama’s recent article in the Harvard Law Review: "In an article published in the closing weeks of his second term, President Barack Obama has published detailed reflections on his criminal justice reform achievements and the challenges still to be met. To highlight America’s shockingly high...
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Obama reflects on criminal justice reform in the US

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Studying on Saturday? Hungry? Try nearby Store St for a wide range of cafes, bars and restaurants. Most give student discounts for Birkbeck students!

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[#BBKblogs] The Seasons in Quincy director and producer, Colin Maccabe reflects on his friend: "John Berger was an extraordinary individual, extraordinary in the range of his creation and his criticism. But also extraordinary as a presence. He had the least sense of hierarchy of anyone I have ever known. And he was uniquely interested in the present moment. So whoever he was with, young or...
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Farewell to John Berger

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A new book by Julian Swann, Professor of Early Modern History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and Pro-Vice Master for Research, is published by Oxford University Press today. Exile, Imprisonment, or Death - The Politics of Disgrace in Bourbon France examines the system in Ancien Régime France which led elite subjects to submit to imprisonment or internal exile on the...
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New book by Birkbeck's Prof Julian Swann published today

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[Discover our research] After four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the representatives of the FARC signed a historical peace deal this summer. The deal was ratified by the house of representative on the 30th November, officially ending 52 years of a civil war which has left up to 250 000 people dead and over 5 million people displaced.

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Colombian peace agreement: is it really the end of the longest civil war?

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[#BirkbeckVoices podcast] Dan Reagan studied for a MA Manpower studies at Birkbeck in 1969. Now aged 84, he reflects on his educational journey and his time at Birkbeck, and offers advice to today's students. Listen now >> bit.ly/2iPfqpq

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Birkbeck Voices [People] - Dan Regan, MA Manpower studies, 1969

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Welcome back to all our wonderful students who are starting the new term on this cold and rainy January evening. Get inside, warm up and catch up with old and new friends.

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Dr Almuth McDowall, Head of the Department of Organizational Psychology, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year prize by the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) of the British Psychological Association (BPS). Roxane Gervais (Chair of BPS Division of Occupational Psychology) said: “Dr McDowall has volunteered extensively with the DOP in the work-life balance area, making great strides...
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Dr McDowall named Volunteer of the Year by British Psychological Society

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Writing for the Harvard Law Review, outgoing US President Barack Obama has used data from the World Prison Brief (WPB), the unique online resource of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (#ICPR) at Birkbeck, which provides open access to information on the world’s prison systems. In ‘The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform’, Barack #Obama reflects on his own record on...
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Obama cites data from Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck

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If psychoanalysis is only for the wealthy few, can we all still benefit from Freud? Birkbeck's Daniel Pick explores how endlessly adaptable Freud is on #BBCRadio4 - today, 6 Jan

Psychoanalysis is increasingly seen as the preserve of the time- and cash-rich minority, with other, cheaper forms of therapy now favoured by the NHS, but historian and psychoanalyst Daniel Pick argues that we can all...
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Freud for Our Times - Birkbeck's Daniel Pick on BBC Radio 4

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[#BBKblogs] Professor David Feldman, Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, discusses whether Britain’s new definition of antisemitism will help Jewish people: "Antisemitism is anathema. From Ken Livingstone to Ephraim Mirvis, the chief rabbi, no one has a good word to say for it. For some there has been a crisis in 2016, for others there has been a...
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Will Britain’s new definition of antisemitism help Jewish people? I’m sceptical | David Feldman

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Daniel Monk, reader in Birkbeck’s School of Law, has been awarded funding by the Nuffield Foundation to carry out the first UK study about siblings and the law. The study, which will run from April 2017 to October 2018, will draw on research emerging from a number of disciplines that has highlighted: the importance of siblings for children’s development, wellbeing and identity; the shifting...
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Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?

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An exhibition devoted to obsessive and quirky records of cinemagoing reveals how film fandom, and geekery, have transformed over the past century.

A Museum of the Everyday: Cinephilia and Collecting, an exhibition at the Birkbeck Peltz Gallery in Bloomsbury, central London (admission free, continues until 27 January 2017), takes us back to a simpler time in cinephiliac discourse, even though...
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Cinephilia down the ages: a Museum of the Everyday at Birkbeck's Peltz Gallery - until 27 Jan

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Birkbeck students start their career before they graduate. Studying in the evening enables our students to gain workplace experience during the daytime, setting them apart in a competitive graduate job market. Find your course and apply via UCAS now - bit.ly/2gMcnRv

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Happy New Year from Birkbeck, University of London - we wish you all the very best for 2017!