More Day Schools for Autumn 2011!

MORE Day Schools

for Adult Learners!

Tutor: Bea Groves

All held at: Gateshead Civic Centre, Regents Street, Gateshead

(Closest Metro station: Gateshead (five minutes walk), excellent free parking outside)

Time: 10.30 a.m. Until 1.30 p.m.

Cost: £10 full fee, £5 those on benefits

Saturday 17th September 2011 - The Death of Osama bin Laden

The conflict with the global terrorist group called Al Qaeda goes on, but who was their leader Osama bin Laden? To what extent was he responsible for the terrible events of 9/11 and the subsequent plots and acts that have frightened the world? Was his recent death in Pakistan an act of justice? Or was he pragmatically assassinated? This day school will look at bin Laden, his life... and the events of his recent death.

Saturday 1st October 2011 - The Symphonies of Peter Tchaikovsky

For those who love music, this Day School will look at the ever-popular work of the 19th century Russian composer Pyotr Illyitch Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), and especially his symphonies - which chart the ups and downs of his career and his life as a closeted gay man in Tsarist Russia. This is music everyone knows, even if you're not a classical fan, and it is full of glorious tunes and excitement. Come along and hear some of the most popular melodies ever written!

Saturday 15th October 2011 - The Life and Work of Gill Scott-Heron

The Black activist, poet, musician and political thinker Gill Scott-Heron is well-known as a key figure in black emancipation and the Civil Rights movement in the USA, but is little know in the UK. This Day School will look at his life and work and simultaneously will chart the struggle of black people for justice and equality in the post War period.

Saturday 5th November 2011 - Wittgenstein's Philosophy - a Beginner's Guide

We will examine the life and work of one of the world's greatest (and most misunderstood) philosophers - Ludwig Wittgenstein. In particular we will examine his ideas about how language works, how words attain their 'meaning', and how our own personal identities are shaped by the ways in which we talk about ourselves. This will be a very useful day for anyone keen on philosophy, and also for those interested in human social identity, communication or language acquisition.

Saturday 19th November 2011The Decline and Fall of Capitalism

We are currently in the midst of a disastrous economic 'down turn', which is having a major financial and social impact on people throughout the world. Greece, Ireland, Spain and the UK have all felt the brunt of economic debt, and the consequences are being felt by every one of us. But how did this situation come about? Why did the 'free market' fail to provide financial security? Is this the downfall of capitalism? We shall look at these and other questions that will throw some light on current economic events which have a vital importance to us all.

Saturday 3rd December 2011The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

This day will take an objective look at the historical issues surrounding the life and times of the man known to us all as Jesus, sometimes 'The Christ'. It will take a non-religious viewpoint about what is historically known about the man, and those aspects of his life which are either legend or fabrication. This will give a lively and vital insight into first century Judea, the Roman occupation, and the life of a man called Yeshua who later came to profoundly influence the world.

To take part, just come along on the day.

To book a place (or for further information), contact Bea Groves ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )