More Able and Ambitious Programme 2022
Justice truth and beauty all please and attract us. Beauty is always a reason to attend to a thing that possesses it, but what is it? Is it just a brain thing? Are our judgments of beauty, whether a beautiful person, a piece of music or an object, real or subjective? This session will introduce students to theories of beauty (aesthetics), justice and truth, and use contemporary examples to explore the complexity of our judgements. The difficulties of living in a society where beauty has become almost an ethical ideal will also be examined. Contemporary examples will be used to illuminate the complexity of the issues and how this impacts on the way we think about other areas of human knowledge.
This debate will incorporate a number of relevant issues such whether the act of commenting on a person’s physical appearance is just a basic human freedom, or, as it is sometimes claimed, an act of appearance discrimination. Body image anxiety is widespread and created by a culture where there is pressure to meet a certain ideal ‘look’, so is it better to say nothing at all?
This is an opportunity for students to contribute to this highly relevant debate topic. What do you think and can you persuade others to agree with you? An opportunity for persuasive speech and creative thinking on your feet.
Dr Mark Lewney is a professional physicist who uses the science of electric guitars to explore the nature of reality and string theory. He has appeared on BBC’s Newsnight and on BBC’s Xchange as well as on the Money programme and Radio 4. He is an experienced educator and lectures across the UK. Mark has been on a national UK school tour, on behalf of the Institute of Physics, featured in the Guardian and Physics World and also gave a talk at the Tokyo International Science Festival. Mark is a popular speaker on Academy Conferences UK highly able programmes.
“A cross between Einstein and Jimi Hendrix” –Times Higher Education Supplement
“A breath of fresh air”
24th November 2022
A fixed fee of £30.
We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details.
A fixed fee of £30. One free staff place with every 12 students booked.
Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £200.
Bookings for a conference are usually made by a teacher or other representative from a school, and students attend conference with their school group accompanied by a supervising teacher. The school is invoiced for the number of students and staff attending (if schools require payment from students or parents for attendance, these payments are made to the school).
Please note that we cannot accept bookings for unaccompanied students, and all students attending are required have a supervising teacher, or parent, with them. This is a workplace health and safety issue, as we do not have the necessary staff to provide supervision of students at the conference, or during meal breaks. [If a school is not attending, and a student from that school wishes to attend independently, they can do so, but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult who is charged at the student rate, and who makes the booking]
From 9.30am. The program begins promptly at 10.00am and concludes at 3.15pm.
Note: times for London conference as follows – 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 3.45pm finish.