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Eye of Proterozoic

The History of the Earth at an Arms Length

30 Oct 2019

I study the origin of complex life. I want to understand why it took so long to go from simple single cell organisms, such as amoebas and algae, to things like multicellular organisms like plants and animals. I do this by exami…

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St Edmund Statue and the church

St Edmund of Abingdon and the Origins of the Medieval Hall

22 Oct 2019

Dr Emily Winkler on the naming and the origins of St Edmund Hall.

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An introduction to research in Computational Complexity Theory

26 Jun 2019

Professor of Computer Science and Senior Research Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Leslie Ann Goldberg introduces computational complexity theory.

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Memorial to the White Rose by the artist Robert Schmidt-Matt on the Geschwister-Scholl-Platz outside the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich

‘Long live freedom!’ – Student Resistance against the Nazis

19 Jun 2019

German tutor Dr Alexandra Lloyd discusses the White Rose, a group of students and their professor who defied the Nazis.

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I Guess the Rains Down in Africa

21 May 2019

Stipendiary Lecturer in Physical Geography Callum Munday discusses Toto, droughts and how we can better predict the future of rainfall in Africa.

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Dinosaur extinction - Roger Benson blog post

Mammals During the Extinction of Dinosaurs

8 May 2019

Professor and Tutor in Earth Sciences, Roger Benson discusses mammals and their jaws during the extinction of the dinosaurs

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Detail of a miniature of a wolf in a medieval bestiary

Celtic Magic

24 Apr 2019

English tutor, Professor Mark Williams discusses magical transformations in the Celtic ‘Four Branches of the Mabinogi’ and the problematic conflict between God’s powers and those of fictional enchanters.

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First image of a black hole - taken by the Event Horizon Telescope

Why the oohs and ahhs?

16 Apr 2019

Luminous coffee stain or momentous achievement? Professor Jeff Tseng weighs up the significance of the first picture of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope that was all over last week’s news.

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Poster for 2019's medieval mystery cycle at St Edmund Hall

A Medieval Mystery Cycle for Oxford at St Edmund Hall

28 Mar 2019

Professor Henrike Lähnemann explains the popular tradition of mystery plays in the Middle Ages, and invites you to see a modern-day version performed at the College.

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Rousseau and Mini-Fridge in Karma Nabulsi's office

Rousseauville

6 Mar 2019

Tutor in Politics and Library Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Karma Nabulsi discusses ‘The Man’, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and his relevance in Oxford.

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The cover of Linda Yueh's book, 'The Great Economists'

What we can learn from the Great Economists

20 Feb 2019

Economist Dr Linda Yueh describes how lessons from history can be invaluable in tackling current issues such as slow economic growth and why wages are so low even as the economy improves.

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A revolving door. Image by Bradley Huchteman (www.flickr.com/photos/sypsyn)

An Open and Shut Case: Membrane Transport in Health and Disease

4 Feb 2019

Professor Robert Wilkins explains the role of transport proteins and how we can target them to treat a broad spectrum of diseases, from arthritis to cancer.

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Ronald Reagan televised address from the Oval Office, outlining plan for Tax Reduction Legislation July, 1981 - White House Photo Office; Originally uploaded to Wikipedia by Happyme22 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Writing the History of Neoliberalism

15 Jan 2019

Professor David Priestland, who is currently writing a history of neoliberalism as a global phenomenon between the 1970s and 2008, explains the term and its appeal to him as a historian.

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A crochet chough in a Christmas tree in the Front Quad at St Edmund Hall

The Maths of the 12 Days of Christmas

20 Dec 2018

The question of how many legs are there in The 12 Days of Christmas was recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Here, the author of that puzzle Dr Tom Crawford explains how to use maths to unpick the answer.

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