News of our Fellows
Mary Beard wins Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences
Professor Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College, has been granted the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences 'for her outstanding contribution to the study of Ancient Greco-Roman culture, politics and society'.
Sir David Cannadine to chair judging for The Wolfson History Prize
The Wolfson History Prize has appointed Sir David Cannadine, dodge professor of history at Princeton, as the chair of judges for this year's award. In addition to Sir David the judges are: Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA, president of Wolfson College, Cambridge; Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch FBA of the University of Oxford; and Professor Julia Smith of the University of Glasgow.
'Mary Beard’s Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit' broadcast on BBC 2
In a four-part series on BBC 2, Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit, Professor Mary Beard argues that the period of greatest Roman expansion occurred when Rome itself was little more than a provincial backwater.
Dominic Lieven wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize
Professor Dominic Lieven has won the fourth annual Pushkin House Russian book prize for his work 'Towards the Flame: Empire, War and the end of Tsarist Russia' (Penguin).
Lord Briggs: Churchill aide and code-breaker dies aged 94
One of Britain’s leading historians and adult education pioneers, Lord Briggs, has died aged 94. Lord Briggs of Lewes led a long and varied life, having checked Winston Churchill’s book proofs for historical accuracy and worked alongside code breaker Alan Turing at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. He passed away peacefully on 15 March at his home in Lewes, East Sussex.
John Kay and Sudhir Hazareesingh longlisted for Orwell Prize
The Longlist for the Orwell Prize for Books 2016 has been announced. Among the nominees are British Academy Fellows Professor John Kay (for 'Other People's Money') and Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh (for 'How the French Think'). The Orwell Prize is awarded for political writing. It is awarded each year for the book which come closest to George Orwell's ambition to 'make political writing into an art'.
Mary Beard presents BBC One documentary 'Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed'
In BBC One programme 'Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed' Professor Mary Beard brings new light to the secrets of the victims of the 79 AD eruption. With the help of CT scanning and x-ray equipment, Professor Beard explores the human stories behind the tragic figures - gladiators, slaves, businesswomen and children.
David Reynolds presents a two-part documentary about the battle of Verdun
Professor David Reynolds presents a two-part documentary about the battle of Verdun on BBC Radio 4. In the first episode of 'Verdun – The Sacred Wound,' Professor Reynolds explores Verdun 1916, France and Germany in a battle neither could lose. In the second episode, he examines how France marked the enormous sacrifice of the battle of Verdun.
Rowan Williams gives The Charles Gore Lecture at Westminster Abbey
Most Reverend and Rt Hon Lord (Rowan) Williams gave The Charles Gore Lecture at Westminster Abbey on Monday 15 February. Called The Staying Power of Benedict in Parliament Square, the talk explored the idea that 'What changes politics in the long run is a sense of what viable shared forms of life look like that aren't just versions of the usual patterns of power and status.'
Carole Hillenbrand is a guest on Radio 4 programme 'Rumi's Poetry'
Professor Carole Hillenbrand was a guest on Radio 4 programme 'Rumi's Poetry' which discussed the poetry of Rumi, the Persian scholar and Sufi mystic of the 13th Century. The programme was hosted by Melvyn Bragg.
Christopher Clark appointed to the Scientific Council of the European Research Council
Professor Sir Christopher Clark is one of two new members of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) recently appointed by the European Commission. The ERC Scientific Council is the governing body of the ERC.
Sir Nigel Thrift appointed Executive Director of Schwarzman Scholars
Schwarzman Scholars, the Master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, has announced that Sir Nigel Thrift, the former Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Warwick, has been appointed Executive Director.