SUES Programme 2019-20

The Society exists to promote continuing education in the Southport area, in association with the University of Liverpool.

The programme for 2019-20 will consist of three seven-session courses and four single-day events. All activities will take place at All Saints Church Hall, Park Road, Southport, PR9 9JR; the longer courses on Mondays at 10.30 am and the single day events on Fridays at 2 pm. Sessions in the long courses will last two hours and in the shorter meetings talks will take 45-60 minutes.

Autumn 2019: The Reformation in Sixteenth Century Europe
Peter Firth
Sept 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11

Europe underwent dramatic changes from the middle of the fifteenth to the middle of the seventeenth century, in part, the result of new ideas associated with the Renaissance. Moreover, the origins and progress of the Protestant Reformation, following the impact of key figures such as Zwingli, Luther, Calvin and Henry VIII, led to the realignment of both religion and politics in contemporary society, involving the loss of millions of lives as a result of its bloody consequences. In parallel, major changes took place within the Papacy and the Catholic Church during this religious revolution.

Winter 2020: The Victorian Country House
Roger Mitchell
Jan 20, 27 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 2

The scale, complexity and sheer exuberance of the Country House reached a spectacular climax in the middle of Victoria’s reign with houses like Harlaxton, Carlton Towers and Tyntesfield. By the end of the reign, however, a combination of agricultural depression, political reform and higher taxation threatened the houses and their owners.

Using contemporary documents and illustrated by both Victorian and modern photographs, this course combines architectural and social history. We look at life upstairs and downstairs, at old money and new and at a rich variety of houses from Scarisbrick Hall and Eaton Hall in North West England to Werribee Park and Rippon Lea in Victoria, Australia.

Spring 2020: The Secret Life of the Human Brain
Alan Potter
Apr 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8

Over the centuries, and despite being essential for life, the workings of the brain have often remained a mystery. Scientific study and dissection provided some evidence but it is only now through modern techniques, including therapy and surgery, and instruments such as MRI scanners, that we more fully understand the brain and can truly wonder at what it achieves.

Using up-to-date research, illustrations and images, this course uncovers all areas of the brain, describes their function and how they connect with each other and the whole body to provide a sophisticated driving force. In this way, common myths about the brain will be debunked and advice shared on how, as we get older, we can keep it healthy, happy and active.

Single session events: Lecturers and topics to be announced
Nov 22, Jan 10, Mar 6, Jun 5

Access to all events is available on payment of a small annual subscription £5 to SUES. There will be no further charge for single-day events, but there is a fee of £35 for each of the seven-session courses.

Application for SUES membership and registration for a seven-session course (or courses) are made to the membership secretary (details below). Cheques should be made out to Southport University Extension Society.

John Sharp
51 Rawlinson Road
01704 533608
07740 656057

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