“Extremely interesting, thought provoking and relevant”
– Student, Queen Mary’s College
On 26 June 2013 the Parkes Institute held its annual summer school on the theme of ‘Multiculturalism’. Dr Helen Spurling, Dr Tom Plant and Sarah Shawyer spoke about their own research into and thoughts on multiculturalism in the past and the present, and their personal views about where multiculturalism in Britain might lead in the future.
Addressing students from Itchen Sixth Form College, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College and Queen Mary’s College, Dr Helen Spurling discussed multiculturalism in the Roman Empire and ancient Jerusalem in her talk on A Clash of Cultures?: Rome and the Jewish War , whilst Sarah Shawyer explored the reactions of minorities to acts of terrorism in her Terrorism, Murder or Resistance? Concluding the academic sessions, Dr Tom Plant encouraged the students to consider the place of multiculturalism in modern Britain, asking Has Multiculturalism Failed?
The students were given a tour of the University’s Highfield Campus, before Dr Spurling and University of Southampton undergraduates Hazel Pitre and Katie Williams held an open session on admissions and university life.
The students and their teachers thouroughly enjoyed their visit, with one student writing that the event was “informative [and] engaging, [with] vibrant teachers”. Christian Scott, teacher of Humanities at Itchen College, said the day had fostered “a sense of educational ambition” by introducing everyone to the learning environment of a Russell Group university, and feedback saw Itchen’s students agree that the day had furthered their knowledge of the humanities, and encouraged the development of their critical thinking and reflection skills.
The Parkes Institute wishes to thank all involved, especially Itchen College, Barton Peveril College and Queen Mary’s College and looks forward to building on the success of the summer school in the 2013-14 academic year!