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Continuing Education works in partnership with a number of the City of Liverpool’s cultural institutions to provide free talks by leading experts throughout the year.   

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Chicago is not in America, America is in Chicago”: Ethnic Identity and Americanization during the Great War

This talk examines the wartime experience of foreign, mostly Southern and Eastern European, immigrants in Chicago during World War I. As official Americanizers joined forces with ethnic leaders to prescribe appropriate levels and forms of patriotism, immigrant groups were increasingly unable to keep their ethnic identities distinct from their status as American citizens. The wartime emergence of ‘hyphenism’ marked the start of the politicization of cultural identity and the culturalization of national identity that continued into the twentieth century. With Dr Cheryl Hudson, Click to view this lecture.

African Traditional Religions as resistance: What would the ancestors do?

From worshipping the 'devil' to keep white folks away, to unmanageable and murderous young women, this talk explores where agency, autonomy and identity challenge slavery and asks what these forms of everyday resistance can teach us about our own relationship to these legacies. With Mara Livermore, Tuesday, 29 September, 1.30-2.30pm Click to view this lecture

The Birth of Imperial “Collecting” – Napoleon and the Pillaging of Egypt and Rome

From the late eighteenth century, Europeans purchased antiquities, received them as gifts, or took them by force in the midst of imperial and colonial military campaigns. Perhaps no one was more famous for doing so than Napoleon I first in Rome (1798) and then Egypt (1799-1800), which resulted in the promulgation of the earliest treaties protecting European antiquities after his defeat (1815). With Professor Bonnie Effros, Saturday, 7 November, 1.30-2.30pm. Click to view this lecture.

The Holocaust in Eastern Europe: New Directions in Research

For decades historians of the Holocaust have focused on a German-focused story centred around legal restrictions, expropriation of Jewish property, concentration in ghettos, forced labour, deportations, concentration camps, and annihilation in gas chambers. Recent research into the Holocaust in the Independent State of Croatia, Romania, and the Soviet Union has forced us to reconsider this story, bringing the role of mass killings by soldiers and civilians, neighbour-on-neighbour violence, disease, and starvation to the fore. With Dr Roland Clark, Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 1.30-2.30pm. Click to view this lecture.

Wirral's viking heritage and the debate over the Battle of Brun(n)anburh

Before 1066, the most famous battle in English history is the Battle of Brunanburh fought in AD 937 between the English king Aethelstan and the combined forces of king Olaf Guthfrithsson of Dublin, king Constantine of Alba and king Owain of Strathclyde. The battle was a victory for Aethelstan, helping to secure the future of the kingdom of England, and a great poem was composed to commemorate the event. Numerous theories have been put forward for the location of the conflict which includes Bromborough on the Wirral. This lecture will review the evidence for different battle sites and take on board recent archaeological discoveries which may relate to the conflict. The lecture will also consider the different cultures on Wirral during the Viking Age, including research conducted to develop the free smartphone app 'The Viking Age in the North West'. With Dr Clare Downham, Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 1.30-2.30pm

War and the Healthcare Revolution: the birth of the NHS on Merseyside

The 1941 May Blitz brought the war, and all its suffering, home to the people of Merseyside. Casualties were taken to clearing stations and then on to hospitals across the city for treatment and recovery. Yet even hospitals themselves were not immune from the conflict, with several sites receiving direct hits and significant damage. Beneath the surface of this onslaught was a quiet revolution taking place. Not a political one, but in healthcare. This revolution brought access to modern medical services free at the point of care for the very first time for the majority of Liverpudlians. This lecture gives an overview of the birth of the National Health Service on Merseyside, and why the legacy of these events still shapes the city's health to the present day. With Dr Michael Lambert, Tuesday, 9 March, 1.30-2.30pm