The Centenary Lecture Series
The Centenary Lecture Series curated and introduced by Owen Sheers, will bring leading UK and international figures from business, politics, sports, culture and the arts to the University's stunning state of the art Great Hall venue which is located on its Bay Campus.
The Centenary Lecture Series are sponsored by Swansea Building Society.
Spring 2017- Literature Centenary Lectures
The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University
Thursday 23rd March 7:30 pm
Heather Brooke - Testing for Truth in a World of Fake News
The age of information was thought to herald a new age of Enlightenment. New ways of communicating gave everyone a voice and were lauded as the next step in strengthening democracy. Instead we’ve seen the rise of fake news, misinformation and lies. Public forums such as Twitter rife with trolls spewing insults, while authoritarian politicians gain favour. It’s a ‘post truth’ world where facts are whatever people want to believe.
Heather Brooke is an award-winning journalist whose investigative journalism and legal action against the British Parliament for disclosure of MPs’ expenses was the catalyst of the expenses scandal of 2009. The following year, she obtained the full batch of 251,287 US diplomatic cables from a Wikileaks insider and worked with The Guardian newspaper on a month-long exposé of global diplomatic relations.
She is the author of Your Right to Know (Pluto Press 2004, 2006), The Silent State (Heinemann 2010) and The Revolution Will Be Digitised (Heinemann, 2011). Heather is a professor of journalism at City University, London. She has won numerous awards including the Judges’ Prize at the 2010 British Press Awards, the FOI Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and a Freedom of Expression Award from Index on Censorship.
Before moving to Britain, Heather worked as a political and crime reporter in the United States.
Tickets: £12.00 unreserved £5.00 schools/students
Tel: 01792 60 49 00/ 60 49 99
(Photo Credit: Rick Morris Pushinksy)
Friday 12th May 7:30 pm
Bryan Doerries: The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.
Bryan Doerries produces performances of Greek tragedies for soldiers returned from conflict, addicts, prison communities, victims of natural disasters, and other vulnerable people. His dramatisations have explored how the story of Sophocles’ Ajax can help today’s soldiers and their loved ones grapple with trauma; why people in the penal system are liberated by Prometheus Bound; and how Heracles has changed the way that some doctors manage end-of-life care. In drawing on such extraordinarily intimate experiences, and in telling his own story of loss and learning, Doerries illustrates the redemptive potential of one of the oldest human art-forms, and the power of re-enacting. Doerries’ talk will argue that suffering and healing are part of an eternally replicable process, and that the great tragedies of ancient Greece can still light a clear path forward through contemporary society’s most tangled issues.
BRYAN DOERRIES is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. He is founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers, and families to help them initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war.
He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theatre and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues. His book, The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, was published in September of 2015, along with a volume of his translations of ancient Greek tragedies, entitled All That You’ve Seen Here is God. His graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey as told by an infantry Marine to his squad, was published in April of 2016. Doerries lectures on his work at cultural venues throughout the world and, in recent years, has taught courses at Princeton University, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a proud board member of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Friends of the Young Writers Workshop. For more about his work, please visit: www.outsidethewirellc.com.
Theatre of War and Prometheus Bound performances in the UK are co-presented by Glen Art www.glenart.co.uk
Followed by Q and A and book signing.
Books available to purchase on the night from independent bookseller ‘Cover to Cover’
In association with the Storytelling for Health International Conference June 2017.
Tickets: £12.00 unreserved/ £5.00 schools/students
Tel: 01792 60 49 00/ 60 49 99