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March 2012

In this issue:

I.        Keynote Speaker:  Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Government
II.      Round-Table on Independence added to the Conference Line-up
III.    March 2012 issue of Britain and the World is Now Available
IV.     Housing Deadline:  Room Block at Pollock Halls available until 4 May
V.       Dinner Party:  Reserve your place at our cornerstone networking event
VI.     Lecture Series Reminder: Hew Strachan to give the inaugural Global Britain Lecture on 10 May in Berlin
VII.   March Op-Ed Columns
VIII.  Book of the Month

I.  Keynote Speaker:  Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Government

Mike Russell, Member of the Scottish Parliament and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in the Scottish Government, has been an active member of the Scottish National Party for over three decades and served as the Party’s first full-time Chief Executive from 1994 until 1999.  He was named “Debater of the Year” in the 2000 Herald Awards and has twice been nominated for “Scottish Politician of the Year”.

In addition to his political activities, Mr. Russell is a television producer and the author of seven books.  Glasgow – The Book and Edinburgh – A Celebration were his first two publications in the early 1990s.  More recently, Mr. Russell has authored, with Dennis MacLeod, Grasping the Thistle: How Scotland Must React to the Three Key Challenges of the Twenty First Century (2006) and The Next Big Thing: A Fable of Modern Scotland (2007).

More details will be forthcoming on Keynote Address in the April and May Newsletters.  In the meantime, if you would like to attend the conference registration is available by visiting http://britishscholar.org/conference/conference-2012/ and clicking the Conference Registration option that suits you.

II.  Round-Table on Independence added to the Conference Line-up

Given the large amount of publicity focusing on the Scottish independence referendum, which will be held in 2014, we have decided to add a Round-Table on this contentious topic to the Conference line-up.  As an educational organization dedicated to the study of Britain’s interactions with the world over the past 400 years holding our annual conference in Scotland means that we feel obligated to provide our attendees with a Round-Table on a topic that is on everyone’s mind.  The British Scholar Society is just as interested with the current unfolding of British history as it is of the past.  This is history in the making and we want you to have a front-row seat.

Here are the details of the Round-Table:

Thursday, 21 June 2012
18:00 – 19:30
David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre

“The End of more than Three Centuries of the Anglo-Scottish Union in 2014?”

Chair:  Magnus Linklater, former Editor of The Scotsman

Panelists:
John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde
Owen Dudley Edwards, Honorary Fellow of History at the University of Edinburgh
Catriona MacDonald, Reader in History at the University of Glasgow
Joyce McMillan, Columnist for The Scotsman

We hope to see all of you there.

III.  March 2012 issue of Britain and the World is now available

The March 2012 issue of Britain and the World is now available online at www.eupjournals.com/brw.  Hard copies of the journal have just been received by the Society and should arrive in your mailboxes soon.

The March 2012 issue of the journal includes:

Editorial

“The British World Model of World History”
Gregory A. Barton

Articles

“Imagining the Scottish Diaspora: Emigration and Transnational Literature in the Late Modern Period”
Catriona M. M. Macdonald

“Intellectual History, Life and Fiction. The Case of Evelyn Waugh”
Reba Soffer

“Civilizing Mission: Animal Protection in Hobart 1878–1914”
Stefan Petrow

“Playing Fields and Battlefields: The Football Pitch, England and the First World War”
Brandon Luedtke

Witness to History

“Reflections on Memory and Archives: RAF Bomber Command During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis”
Robin Woolven

Round-Table

GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency
Richard J. Aldrich

If you are a member of The British Scholar Society and want to know how to gain full access to all contents of Britain and the World online, please send an email to editoratbritishscholardotorg  (editoratbritishscholardotorg)   and we will provide you will instructions for accessing/creating your account on the Edinburgh University Press website.  We hope you enjoy the March 2012 issue of Britain and the World.

IV.  Housing Deadline:  Room Block at Pollock Halls available until 4 May

Our room block at Pollock Halls for the upcoming Britain and the World Conference at the University of Edinburgh is only available until 4 May.  After that date, the block will be released back into general circulation for purchase by anyone.  Please ensure you make your booking as soon as possible to avoid being kept out of our very affordable accommodation options.

Rooms may be booked by visiting:  http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/.  Once you are on the website you will need to put in the number of days you want to stay, click on the starting date for your stay on the calendar, and then insert the Promotion Code in the last field.  The Promotion Code is BSS12.  This will provide you with the conference rates.  If you would like to arrive earlier or stay later you will need to book that separately.  Room availability outside of our designated block is subject to availability but if done in advance there should not be any problems.

Information on all aspects of the conference may be found by visiting http://britishscholar.org/conference/conference-2012/.

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!

V.  Dinner Party:  Reserve your place at our cornerstone networking event

You may now reserve your place at The British Scholar Society Dinner Party, which will take place at The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, which is nestled inside the gorgeous National Gallery of Scotland, on the Mound, right in the heart of Edinburgh.  The Dinner Party will take place on Friday night, 22 June from 8 pm until 1 am.  The Dinner Party is an optional event and will cost $80 per person (we have been forced to convert this from £50 per person, based on current exchange rates, to avoid a $4 processing charge from Paypal).  The price includes coffee, water, wine, and a three course meal.  Further details about the menu will be forthcoming in the April Newsletter.

To book your place at what is sure to be a memorable event, please visit our Conference 2012 webpage at http://britishscholar.org/conference/conference-2012/ and scroll down to the Dinner Party section.  There you will be able to click on the “Buy Now” button which will take you to Paypal to pay for the Dinner Party.

Please note that family members are invited to attend the Dinner Party.  If you would like to purchase additional Dinner Party tickets please choose the desired quantity on the Paypal screen.  Once we receive payment we will be in direct contact with you to find out the names of everyone attending the Dinner Party.

VI.  Lecture Series Reminder: Hew Strachan to give the inaugural Global Britain Lecture on 10 May in Berlin

This is a reminder that our inaugural Global Britain Lecture will take place on 10 May at the Humboldt University in Berlin.  Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of the History of War at the University of Oxford will present his lecture entitled “Sea power vs. land power: the geopolitics of Germany’s defeat in the First World War”.

For more information on the lecture, which is free and open to the public, please visit our Lecture Series webpage at:  http://britishscholar.org/outreach/lecture-series/.

VII.  Our March Op-Ed Columns

The British Scholar Society announces the publication of each column when it appears on our Twitter feed and on our homepage at http://britishscholar.org under “News from the Society”.  In case you missed any of these fascinating articles, or simply want to read them again, they are all available by clicking on the individual links below or by visiting our Op-Ed page at http://britishscholar.org/publications/op-ed/.  There you can click on an individual columnist and their personal pages, which include the columns, will appear.

  1. Rebecka Black:  Modern Art, Inc.: Picasso and Modern British Art at the Tate Britain
  2. Dr. Jodi Burkett:  Teaching: the bread and butter of the professional historian
  3. Professor Mark Doyle:  What Lies Beneath the Falklands
  4. Leslie Rogne Schumacher:  The Problem with Plan B: Thoughts on the Jobs Crisis in History
  5. Michael Talbot:  No Place Like Home?
  6. Dr. des. Helene von Bismarck:  The Indispensable Junior Partner

VIII.  Book of the Month

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