John Ruskin, whose name this university bears, was born two hundred years ago on 8th February 1819. We will therefore be holding several events to mark this bicentenary.
First up is “Letters to John Ruskin; our university members in conversation with the great man.” This will be held on Thursday 14th Feb 4-6pm in Hel 112 in Cambridge. Please see the poster below for details.
The event will involve several unit members and others expressing their reactions to Ruskin by reading a ‘letter’ that they have written to him. These will be personal accounts of our reactions to his life and work, which we hope will help those not familiar with Ruskin to begin engaging with him and learning from him. The idea for this event comes from chapter 5 of In a Glass Darkly by Zoë Bennett and Christopher Rowland, both of whom will be contributing to the event. After the ‘letters’, the meeting will open up to a general discussion on Ruskin and his relevance to today, and to Anglia Ruskin University in particular.
Coffee, tea and cake will be provided.