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This page shows the next main events happening in iU3A. But if you would like to find out more about what's on across the London Region or at the National level of The Third Age Trust have a look on the  Other Opportunities  page.

Special Events — Diary Dates for 2021
London Region of U3As Talks: the LRU3A series of online talks has been extended in to 2021. You can see the programme here. Details of how to register for each talk is also in that publicity flyer.

National Winter Programme: there is also now a series of online activities offered by The Third Age Trust. This covers a wide range from painting, poetry reading, photography, etc. Details of this can be found here.

iU3A Monthly Meetings: for the two iU3A talks each month see the details below.
iU3A IT Support Meetings: every fortnight, see the group page for details here: IT Support Group

Thursday 15 April, 10.30am: Online Architecture Walk. The Architecture Group is inviting all iU3A members to "walk" with us online using Google Streetview to look at buildings on the edge of Finsbury and Clerkenwell. We will "walk" round the area including City University and Exmouth market and discuss buildings like Our Most Holy Redeemer church, Finsbury Health Centre and Town Hall. We look at the history of the area and buildings as well. Details of the walk and Zoom login will be sent out in the Bulletin.

Some things to look forward to:
Wednesday 02 June: National u3a Day: this will definitely go ahead but whether it's just on Zoom or blended with some form of physical presence will again depend on Government Guidance at that time. Also iU3a is expecting to have our own Open Day and your iU3A is planning for it now (more details to follow).

Wednesday 23 June
: Summer Party (subject to Covid/Government): we've booked the Olden Garden hoping we can hold some form of social event this year. The Olden Garden Committee is adhering strictly to government rules so our booking is conditional. 

Quizzes — we (Mary) plan to run these quarterly throughout this year.

Clues Trails — we (Elizabeth and Derek) will run two clues trails in 2021 when circumstances allow.

Courses
In 2019/20 we started a new initiative short courses. We've now trialled a few of these with great success, so we have a programme of ongoing short courses. Watch the Bulletins for further details on new courses being proposed. Details for current courses are on the Groups listing page here and proposed new Courses are listed here.

Monthly Meetings, Speakers Programme
Our physical Monthly Meetings have been suspended due to Covid-19 but instead we have created a programme of speakers who will present to us online using Zoom. How long the programme will run like this will depend on the unwinding rate of lockdown.

New feature: if you want to come early for a chat with fellow members you can join the meeting at 9.30. You will then be placed in a 'breakout room' with a few other members just so you can say hello. We hope this might fill a gap caused previously by moving our physical Monthly Meetings online.

The main Talk will start at 10.00am and run to 11.00 — see the details below. It's suggested you log in and join the meeting at least five minutes before the scheduled start time. There will only be the one topic, the main speaker. The Zoom invitation to these meetings will be sent to all members in the Bulletin.

DATE
MONTHLY MEETING PROGRAMME:
22 April Philip Kenrick: Romans in Algeria: anPhilip Kenrick under-appreciated heritage. Philip Kendrick is an Oxford-trained classical archaeologist who has worked in many parts of the Mediterranean world as a specialist in Hellenistic and Roman pottery. Much of his work has concerned Libya, which he visited or worked in from 1971 until 2012. In recent years he has led cultural tours to a number of different countries; in this connection he has written two archaeological guides to Libya (Tripolitania, Cyrenaica). More recently he has translated and revised a French guidebook to the classical antiquities of Algeria, a country which is not far away but which is rarely visited by tourists.
13
May
Sarah Corn: The Old Operatinsarah Corng Theatre Museum & Herb Garret: a Contemporary Approach to Curating. Sarah is the Director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, and she will take us through the fascinating (and slightly gory) history of the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe, housed since 1822 in the attic of the old St Thomas’ Hospital. She has a number of other roles, including as Trustee of Farnham Maltings, Founding Trustee of a new cultural community hub ‘@ the Lit’ in Surrey, and up until recently, was Curator of the Egham Museum and co-chair of the ‘Network for Change’ for women leaders in museums. To all of these she brings her belief in making museums strong, healthy and vibrant and she will explore with us what that means.
27 May Lis Howell: There are fewer Lis Howellthan you think: why expert women are under-represented on the news. Survey research by City University's Department of Journalism over the last ten years has shown that male experts interviewed on the news outnumber women by nearly three to one.  And it used to be much worse! Before this research and the campaign which followed it there were an astonishing six times as many men as women on the news. Why are authoritative women so under-represented? Lis Howell has researched this controversial topic for over a decade and has some uncomfortable as well as informative answers. Emeritus Professor Lis Howell retired from City University in 2018 but still directs the Expert Women Project which counts and reports the number of women authority figures on six major news programmes. She is an award winning journalist and broadcasting executive who has worked for all the major news channels, winning a Royal Television Society award with ITN for coverage of the Lockerbie disaster. She was Managing Editor of Sky News and the first female Head of News at ITV.
10 June
David Edgerton: The Rise and Fall oDavid Edgertonf the British Nation: a Twentieth Century History. David will present a new view of twentieth-century British history, one which makes better sense of the past, and to some extent the present, than conventional views. Most British histories are concerned with the rise and fall of the welfare state, and also the decline (and occasionally later supposed rise) of the economy. More recently some historians have wanted to see Empire as the key theme in British history. Edgerton rejects all these approaches as partial and often misleading. In their place he puts a multi-faceted story of a nation which emerges out of a broader British Empire only in 1945, of a place which was truly exceptional in its internationalism and industrialisation in 1900 (though not in its imperialism) but was no longer so after the 1950s, of a place which saw radical discontinuities rather than continuities. This leads to fresh understandings of the nature of the welfare state, of the economy, of the nature of Thatcherism, and indeed of possible historical explanations of Brexit. David Edgerton teaches in the History Department at King's College London, where he is Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History. He was the founding director of the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine now at King's College London. He chairs King's Contemporary British History, and is a co-director of the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. He was educated at St. John's College Oxford and Imperial College London, and has taught at the University of Manchester and Imperial College London. Among his books are England and the Aeroplane (1991, 2013), Warfare State (2005), The Shock of the Old (2006, 2019), and most recently The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: A Twentieth-Century History (Penguin, 2019). He writes regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman.

Dates of Future Monthly Meetings/Speakers beyond the above are:
24 June, 08 July, 22 July, 12 August, 26 August, 09 September, 23 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 09 December.

You can see either summary information about previous monthly meetings or the full presentation material (if we have received permission) on the following webpage: Past Meetings

Coffee Mornings
Coffee morningsMoved online now: Our iU3A coffee mornings are a popular way of getting to know other members. They are on varying days of the week and are free to iU3A members. See the latest Bulletin for date of next coffee morning.

Sally FoxOur coffee mornings are organised by Sally Fox. To book up for any of the coffee mornings please email Sally here. She will then advise you that you are booked. If you can't attend a coffee morning you've booked for, please let us know by emailing Sally (same link as above) to say you can't now make it.
 

Pub Lunches

iU3A's pub lunches provide an opportunity for members to meet each other in a social atmosphere. They take place monthly, around Islington. If you are buying a lunch the cost is around £10 to £12 with drinks being extra. If you'd like to come along to one of these please email Howard Stone here for more information or to reserve your place.

Howard StoneAll those held so far have attracted about 15 iU3A members, who've enjoyed some good chat. While originally conceived to attract more male members there has been good support from the women members. Do come along and join us.

Pub lunches are now a 'group' and details of their schedule can now be found in Beacon.

 

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