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Free Open Talks at Hay Festival 2019

Hay Festival

Join the OU in Wales for a series of short Open Talks from leading OU academics at this year’s Hay Festival. These free, 15 minute pop-up talks will give you a chance to dip into fascinating topics in between festival events.

All Open Talks will take place onsite in the festival’s new venue, the Serious Reading Room. They are free and open to all. A daily schedule of performances will be posted on the Serious Reading Room webpage throughout the festival and you can see the full list of OU talks here.

To celebrate the OU’s 50th anniversary, guest speakers Marcus du Sautoy, Eileen Scanlon, Martin Weller and Kirsty Williams AM will take part in ‘The OU 50th Anniversary Lecture: What will education look like in 2070?’. This special lecture will explore how both education policy and the way we learn might change over the coming decades.

Full list of OU events at Hay Festival 2019:

Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May, 10:45am and 2:45pm
Professor Monica Grady, ‘1969 and all that – in the 50 years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon, what have we learnt about the Solar System and the chance of life beyond Earth’
Venue: Serious Reading Room

Saturday 1 June, 10:45am and 2:45pm
Dr Stephen Peake, ‘The future of education in the climate emergency’
Venue: Serious Reading Room

Sunday 2 June 2019, 2.30pm
Marcus du Sautoy, Eileen Scanlon, Martin Weller and Kirsty Williams, ‘The OU 50th Anniversary Lecture: What will Education look like in 2070?’
Venue: Wales Stage

Book your free ticket for ‘The OU 50th Anniversary Lecture: What will education look like in 2070?’

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