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Jan
19
Fri
2018
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Emmanuel URC, Cambridge)
Jan 19 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Emmanuel URC, Cambridge) @ Emmanuel URC, Cambridge | England | United Kingdom
The CourseThe TopicsThe SpeakersWhat Students SayWhat Teachers SayDetails and Bookings

The Course

These are the most highly respected and popular events for A level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students in the UK. Academy Conferences has a long-standing established association with lecturers from the University of Oxford, as well as all the UK exam boards. This ensures the highest quality of reliable provision.

All new lectures and notes.
Energetic interactive sessions.
Reliable knowledge.

Representatives from the University of Oxford and Liverpool Hope University will attend these events for informal discussion about applications with staff and students.

Whatever exam board you study with the Academy Conferences Masterclass 2017/18 is the best choice for you

The Topics

Ethical Frameworks. A Dialogue with Bentham and Kant – Professor Keith Ward

Both Kant and Bentham thought that there was just one supreme principle of morality, but they differed about what it was – the Categorical Imperative or the Greatest Happiness principle.

Is the Categorical Imperative a way of resolving moral problems? What are the key working assumptions, and how does Bentham’s Utilitarian framework differ from this? How far are these two ethical theories consistent with religious moral decision making and in what ways does subjectivity and relativism challenge both? The strengths and weaknesses of reason as a basis for morality will be considered.

Sexual Ethics. Without God, is everything permitted? – Dr John Frye

An exploration of the sexual ethics dialogue between religion and society. Does religion have a continuing role in sexual ethics or not? Are choices personal and private or should they be subject to societal norms and legislation? An examination will be made of the changing relationship between religious views and societal norms with an evaluation of causes of change in attitudes and beliefs about human relationships. Changing attitudes to the following will be examined, with close reference to relevant scholarly works such as Pope Paul VI Humanae Vitae, and JS Mill on Liberty: cheating (do telling lies, breaking promises and adultery matter?) faithful love, extramarital sex, free love, chastity, cohabitation, the commercialization of relationships, homosexuality and transgender issues

Religious Language. Is it true that only ‘God speaks well of God?’ – Julie Arliss

The difficulties of using language about the quantum world are understood and accepted, yet God is often talked about in language at a level suitable for a seven year old. There is in fact a rich discourse between theology and philosophy concerning the meaningfulness of religious language. This session will map the key ideas and introduce the important themes. The very different questions asked by philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Ayer, and theologians such as Aquinas and Karl Barth will be identified to give students a clear handle
on this complicated topic. Cognitive and non-cognitive approaches will also be evaluated and students given tools for critical evaluation.

The One Big Question: What is the meaning of life? – Dr Tim Mawson

What is the meaning of life? Does life have any meaning? Is whatever meaning it can have something for us to discover or something for us to create? Would God make any difference to how meaningful life was if He existed? Would that difference be good – would God’s having a purpose for us, say, make our lives more meaningful? We’d be here to do something. Or would it be bad? Would His having a purpose for us reduce our scope for permissible self-creative autonomy, making us into mere artifacts, slaves to another. If death is permanent annihilation does that make our lives beforehand more meaningful, or less? All that Dr Mawson promises is that, after listening to him, you’ll be wondering all the more deeply whether or not your life really has any meaning.

Debate: This house believes it is non-rational to believe in God – key questions about ‘proofs’ for the existence of God in a nutshell.

Professor Keith Ward, Julie Arliss and Dr Timothy Mawson, will present different views about belief in God. Is it rational, irrational or non-rational to believe in the existence of God? This session will include arguments for and against the existence of God as well as discussion about the relationship between faith and reason. How have ideas about human rationality and religion within philosophy developed over time, and what is to be made of the different truth claims made by different religions? Does science show that belief in God is irrational? A lively debate with contributions from students warmly encouraged.

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor KeithWard is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and holds an academic chair at Heythrop College, London.

Dr Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson is a hugely popular lecturer and tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He has a witty engaging style that accelerates students’ insight and understanding with gritty intellectual challenges. He was educated at St Peter’s College and then at The Queen’s College, in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships in Oxford before returning to St Peter’s, Oxford, in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr John Frye

Dr. John Frye has just completed both text books for the new specification for AQA. He is possibly the most experienced examiner in the country and is relied upon by a number of exam boards for his highly skilled approach to paper development and testing. He continues to teach ‘A’ level and is therefore quite uniquely placed to offer genuine knowledge of A level in a fast-paced accessible style. He has an awesome intellect and engages students with his dry light-hearted wit. His talks are always perfectly pitched and encourage an expansive attitude to knowledge.

What Students Say

“I am so glad I got to the conference this year. Speaking to others, we all agreed that it allowed us to see our course in a different and broader context. It was lovely engaging in our subject in a way that goes beyond our textbooks. Listening to speakers who knew about Philosophy and were passionate about it, reminded me why I chose to study RS”.

“I found the conference to be very interesting and enriching – both for the content and philosophy as a whole. It rejuvenated our passion for philosophy and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend. Thank you very much!”

“LOVED IT! It was amazing and really useful. Julie Arliss’ talks linked in with what we’ve been doing, and all the speakers were so interesting!”

“I enjoyed how the speakers were so enthusiastic about their subjects and came up with interactive analogies that people could relate to.”

What Teachers Say

“My students enjoyed the day and found the lecturers excellent in their knowledge. They left with lots of new questions and were ‘buzzing’ on the journey back home.”

“We really enjoyed the day. The location I thought was great and the presentations were perfectly pitched – we will be joining you again at future conferences.”

“Well we had a great day with you lot in Manchester!! Thank you so much. So pleased with the pitch, the content etc. A big thumbs up from Winstanley!!! Also we will definitely see you next year too!!!!”

“We really enjoyed the venue, location and talks, particularly the aspect of interaction and content. Credit should be given to Julie Arliss; a competent and engaging public speaker”

“My students loved it! In fact, even after having their brains fried, they still wanted more. Thank you again for another fantastic event and I look forward to bringing my students again in future.”

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £23 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £23, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure
your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference

Book online at ethics.academyconferences.com/index.php/uk-programme

Jan
26
Fri
2018
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London)
Jan 26 @ 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London) @ Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London | England | United Kingdom
The CourseThe TopicsThe SpeakersWhat Students SayWhat Teachers SayDetails and Bookings

The Course

These are the most highly respected and popular events for A level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students in the UK. Academy Conferences has a long-standing established association with lecturers from the University of Oxford, as well as all the UK exam boards. This ensures the highest quality of reliable provision.

All new lectures and notes.
Energetic interactive sessions.
Reliable knowledge.

Representatives from the University of Oxford and Liverpool Hope University will attend these events for informal discussion about applications with staff and students.

Whatever exam board you study with the Academy Conferences Masterclass 2017/18 is the best choice for you

The Topics

Ethical Frameworks. A Dialogue with Bentham and Kant – Professor Keith Ward

Both Kant and Bentham thought that there was just one supreme principle of morality, but they differed about what it was – the Categorical Imperative or the Greatest Happiness principle.

Is the Categorical Imperative a way of resolving moral problems? What are the key working assumptions, and how does Bentham’s Utilitarian framework differ from this? How far are these two ethical theories consistent with religious moral decision making and in what ways does subjectivity and relativism challenge both? The strengths and weaknesses of reason as a basis for morality will be considered.

Sexual Ethics. Without God, is everything permitted? – Dr John Frye

An exploration of the sexual ethics dialogue between religion and society. Does religion have a continuing role in sexual ethics or not? Are choices personal and private or should they be subject to societal norms and legislation? An examination will be made of the changing relationship between religious views and societal norms with an evaluation of causes of change in attitudes and beliefs about human relationships. Changing attitudes to the following will be examined, with close reference to relevant scholarly works such as Pope Paul VI Humanae Vitae, and JS Mill on Liberty: cheating (do telling lies, breaking promises and adultery matter?) faithful love, extramarital sex, free love, chastity, cohabitation, the commercialization of relationships, homosexuality and transgender issues

Religious Language. Is it true that only ‘God speaks well of God?’ – Julie Arliss

The difficulties of using language about the quantum world are understood and accepted, yet God is often talked about in language at a level suitable for a seven year old. There is in fact a rich discourse between theology and philosophy concerning the meaningfulness of religious language. This session will map the key ideas and introduce the important themes. The very different questions asked by philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Ayer, and theologians such as Aquinas and Karl Barth will be identified to give students a clear handle
on this complicated topic. Cognitive and non-cognitive approaches will also be evaluated and students given tools for critical evaluation.

The One Big Question: What is the meaning of life? – Dr Tim Mawson

What is the meaning of life? Does life have any meaning? Is whatever meaning it can have something for us to discover or something for us to create? Would God make any difference to how meaningful life was if He existed? Would that difference be good – would God’s having a purpose for us, say, make our lives more meaningful? We’d be here to do something. Or would it be bad? Would His having a purpose for us reduce our scope for permissible self-creative autonomy, making us into mere artifacts, slaves to another. If death is permanent annihilation does that make our lives beforehand more meaningful, or less? All that Dr Mawson promises is that, after listening to him, you’ll be wondering all the more deeply whether or not your life really has any meaning.

Debate: This house believes it is non-rational to believe in God – key questions about ‘proofs’ for the existence of God in a nutshell.

Professor Keith Ward, Julie Arliss and Dr Timothy Mawson, will present different views about belief in God. Is it rational, irrational or non-rational to believe in the existence of God? This session will include arguments for and against the existence of God as well as discussion about the relationship between faith and reason. How have ideas about human rationality and religion within philosophy developed over time, and what is to be made of the different truth claims made by different religions? Does science show that belief in God is irrational? A lively debate with contributions from students warmly encouraged.

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor KeithWard is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and holds an academic chair at Heythrop College, London.

Dr Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson is a hugely popular lecturer and tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He has a witty engaging style that accelerates students’ insight and understanding with gritty intellectual challenges. He was educated at St Peter’s College and then at The Queen’s College, in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships in Oxford before returning to St Peter’s, Oxford, in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr John Frye

Dr. John Frye has just completed both text books for the new specification for AQA. He is possibly the most experienced examiner in the country and is relied upon by a number of exam boards for his highly skilled approach to paper development and testing. He continues to teach ‘A’ level and is therefore quite uniquely placed to offer genuine knowledge of A level in a fast-paced accessible style. He has an awesome intellect and engages students with his dry light-hearted wit. His talks are always perfectly pitched and encourage an expansive attitude to knowledge.

What Students Say

“I am so glad I got to the conference this year. Speaking to others, we all agreed that it allowed us to see our course in a different and broader context. It was lovely engaging in our subject in a way that goes beyond our textbooks. Listening to speakers who knew about Philosophy and were passionate about it, reminded me why I chose to study RS”.

“I found the conference to be very interesting and enriching – both for the content and philosophy as a whole. It rejuvenated our passion for philosophy and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend. Thank you very much!”

“LOVED IT! It was amazing and really useful. Julie Arliss’ talks linked in with what we’ve been doing, and all the speakers were so interesting!”

“I enjoyed how the speakers were so enthusiastic about their subjects and came up with interactive analogies that people could relate to.”

What Teachers Say

“My students enjoyed the day and found the lecturers excellent in their knowledge. They left with lots of new questions and were ‘buzzing’ on the journey back home.”

“We really enjoyed the day. The location I thought was great and the presentations were perfectly pitched – we will be joining you again at future conferences.”

“Well we had a great day with you lot in Manchester!! Thank you so much. So pleased with the pitch, the content etc. A big thumbs up from Winstanley!!! Also we will definitely see you next year too!!!!”

“We really enjoyed the venue, location and talks, particularly the aspect of interaction and content. Credit should be given to Julie Arliss; a competent and engaging public speaker”

“My students loved it! In fact, even after having their brains fried, they still wanted more. Thank you again for another fantastic event and I look forward to bringing my students again in future.”

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £23 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £23, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure
your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference

Book online at ethics.academyconferences.com/index.php/uk-programme

Feb
2
Fri
2018
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester)
Feb 2 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester) @ Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester | England | United Kingdom
The CourseThe TopicsThe SpeakersWhat Students SayWhat Teachers SayDetails and Bookings

The Course

These are the most highly respected and popular events for A level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students in the UK. Academy Conferences has a long-standing established association with lecturers from the University of Oxford, as well as all the UK exam boards. This ensures the highest quality of reliable provision.

All new lectures and notes.
Energetic interactive sessions.
Reliable knowledge.

Representatives from the University of Oxford and Liverpool Hope University will attend these events for informal discussion about applications with staff and students.

Whatever exam board you study with the Academy Conferences Masterclass 2017/18 is the best choice for you

The Topics

Ethical Frameworks. A Dialogue with Bentham and Kant – Professor Keith Ward

Both Kant and Bentham thought that there was just one supreme principle of morality, but they differed about what it was – the Categorical Imperative or the Greatest Happiness principle.

Is the Categorical Imperative a way of resolving moral problems? What are the key working assumptions, and how does Bentham’s Utilitarian framework differ from this? How far are these two ethical theories consistent with religious moral decision making and in what ways does subjectivity and relativism challenge both? The strengths and weaknesses of reason as a basis for morality will be considered.

Sexual Ethics. Without God, is everything permitted? – Dr John Frye

An exploration of the sexual ethics dialogue between religion and society. Does religion have a continuing role in sexual ethics or not? Are choices personal and private or should they be subject to societal norms and legislation? An examination will be made of the changing relationship between religious views and societal norms with an evaluation of causes of change in attitudes and beliefs about human relationships. Changing attitudes to the following will be examined, with close reference to relevant scholarly works such as Pope Paul VI Humanae Vitae, and JS Mill on Liberty: cheating (do telling lies, breaking promises and adultery matter?) faithful love, extramarital sex, free love, chastity, cohabitation, the commercialization of relationships, homosexuality and transgender issues

Religious Language. Is it true that only ‘God speaks well of God?’ – Julie Arliss

The difficulties of using language about the quantum world are understood and accepted, yet God is often talked about in language at a level suitable for a seven year old. There is in fact a rich discourse between theology and philosophy concerning the meaningfulness of religious language. This session will map the key ideas and introduce the important themes. The very different questions asked by philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Ayer, and theologians such as Aquinas and Karl Barth will be identified to give students a clear handle
on this complicated topic. Cognitive and non-cognitive approaches will also be evaluated and students given tools for critical evaluation.

The One Big Question: What is the meaning of life? – Dr Tim Mawson

What is the meaning of life? Does life have any meaning? Is whatever meaning it can have something for us to discover or something for us to create? Would God make any difference to how meaningful life was if He existed? Would that difference be good – would God’s having a purpose for us, say, make our lives more meaningful? We’d be here to do something. Or would it be bad? Would His having a purpose for us reduce our scope for permissible self-creative autonomy, making us into mere artifacts, slaves to another. If death is permanent annihilation does that make our lives beforehand more meaningful, or less? All that Dr Mawson promises is that, after listening to him, you’ll be wondering all the more deeply whether or not your life really has any meaning.

Debate: This house believes it is non-rational to believe in God – key questions about ‘proofs’ for the existence of God in a nutshell.

Professor Keith Ward, Julie Arliss and Dr Timothy Mawson, will present different views about belief in God. Is it rational, irrational or non-rational to believe in the existence of God? This session will include arguments for and against the existence of God as well as discussion about the relationship between faith and reason. How have ideas about human rationality and religion within philosophy developed over time, and what is to be made of the different truth claims made by different religions? Does science show that belief in God is irrational? A lively debate with contributions from students warmly encouraged.

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor KeithWard is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and holds an academic chair at Heythrop College, London.

Dr Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson is a hugely popular lecturer and tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He has a witty engaging style that accelerates students’ insight and understanding with gritty intellectual challenges. He was educated at St Peter’s College and then at The Queen’s College, in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships in Oxford before returning to St Peter’s, Oxford, in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr John Frye

Dr. John Frye has just completed both text books for the new specification for AQA. He is possibly the most experienced examiner in the country and is relied upon by a number of exam boards for his highly skilled approach to paper development and testing. He continues to teach ‘A’ level and is therefore quite uniquely placed to offer genuine knowledge of A level in a fast-paced accessible style. He has an awesome intellect and engages students with his dry light-hearted wit. His talks are always perfectly pitched and encourage an expansive attitude to knowledge.

What Students Say

“I am so glad I got to the conference this year. Speaking to others, we all agreed that it allowed us to see our course in a different and broader context. It was lovely engaging in our subject in a way that goes beyond our textbooks. Listening to speakers who knew about Philosophy and were passionate about it, reminded me why I chose to study RS”.

“I found the conference to be very interesting and enriching – both for the content and philosophy as a whole. It rejuvenated our passion for philosophy and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend. Thank you very much!”

“LOVED IT! It was amazing and really useful. Julie Arliss’ talks linked in with what we’ve been doing, and all the speakers were so interesting!”

“I enjoyed how the speakers were so enthusiastic about their subjects and came up with interactive analogies that people could relate to.”

What Teachers Say

“My students enjoyed the day and found the lecturers excellent in their knowledge. They left with lots of new questions and were ‘buzzing’ on the journey back home.”

“We really enjoyed the day. The location I thought was great and the presentations were perfectly pitched – we will be joining you again at future conferences.”

“Well we had a great day with you lot in Manchester!! Thank you so much. So pleased with the pitch, the content etc. A big thumbs up from Winstanley!!! Also we will definitely see you next year too!!!!”

“We really enjoyed the venue, location and talks, particularly the aspect of interaction and content. Credit should be given to Julie Arliss; a competent and engaging public speaker”

“My students loved it! In fact, even after having their brains fried, they still wanted more. Thank you again for another fantastic event and I look forward to bringing my students again in future.”

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £23 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £23, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure
your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference

Book online at ethics.academyconferences.com/index.php/uk-programme

Feb
8
Thu
2018
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Kings College, Taunton)
Feb 8 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Religious Studies Academy Masterclass 2017–18 For Students Years 12–13 (Kings College, Taunton) @ Kings College, Taunton | England | United Kingdom
The CourseThe TopicsThe SpeakersWhat Students SayWhat Teachers SayDetails and Bookings

The Course

These are the most highly respected and popular events for A level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics students in the UK. Academy Conferences has a long-standing established association with lecturers from the University of Oxford, as well as all the UK exam boards. This ensures the highest quality of reliable provision.

All new lectures and notes.
Energetic interactive sessions.
Reliable knowledge.

Representatives from the University of Oxford and Liverpool Hope University will attend these events for informal discussion about applications with staff and students.

Whatever exam board you study with the Academy Conferences Masterclass 2017/18 is the best choice for you

The Topics

Ethical Frameworks. A Dialogue with Bentham and Kant – Professor Keith Ward

Both Kant and Bentham thought that there was just one supreme principle of morality, but they differed about what it was – the Categorical Imperative or the Greatest Happiness principle.

Is the Categorical Imperative a way of resolving moral problems? What are the key working assumptions, and how does Bentham’s Utilitarian framework differ from this? How far are these two ethical theories consistent with religious moral decision making and in what ways does subjectivity and relativism challenge both? The strengths and weaknesses of reason as a basis for morality will be considered.

Sexual Ethics. Without God, is everything permitted? – Dr John Frye

An exploration of the sexual ethics dialogue between religion and society. Does religion have a continuing role in sexual ethics or not? Are choices personal and private or should they be subject to societal norms and legislation? An examination will be made of the changing relationship between religious views and societal norms with an evaluation of causes of change in attitudes and beliefs about human relationships. Changing attitudes to the following will be examined, with close reference to relevant scholarly works such as Pope Paul VI Humanae Vitae, and JS Mill on Liberty: cheating (do telling lies, breaking promises and adultery matter?) faithful love, extramarital sex, free love, chastity, cohabitation, the commercialization of relationships, homosexuality and transgender issues

Religious Language. Is it true that only ‘God speaks well of God?’ – Julie Arliss

The difficulties of using language about the quantum world are understood and accepted, yet God is often talked about in language at a level suitable for a seven year old. There is in fact a rich discourse between theology and philosophy concerning the meaningfulness of religious language. This session will map the key ideas and introduce the important themes. The very different questions asked by philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Ayer, and theologians such as Aquinas and Karl Barth will be identified to give students a clear handle
on this complicated topic. Cognitive and non-cognitive approaches will also be evaluated and students given tools for critical evaluation.

The One Big Question: What is the meaning of life? – Dr Tim Mawson

What is the meaning of life? Does life have any meaning? Is whatever meaning it can have something for us to discover or something for us to create? Would God make any difference to how meaningful life was if He existed? Would that difference be good – would God’s having a purpose for us, say, make our lives more meaningful? We’d be here to do something. Or would it be bad? Would His having a purpose for us reduce our scope for permissible self-creative autonomy, making us into mere artifacts, slaves to another. If death is permanent annihilation does that make our lives beforehand more meaningful, or less? All that Dr Mawson promises is that, after listening to him, you’ll be wondering all the more deeply whether or not your life really has any meaning.

Debate: This house believes it is non-rational to believe in God – key questions about ‘proofs’ for the existence of God in a nutshell.

Professor Keith Ward, Julie Arliss and Dr Timothy Mawson, will present different views about belief in God. Is it rational, irrational or non-rational to believe in the existence of God? This session will include arguments for and against the existence of God as well as discussion about the relationship between faith and reason. How have ideas about human rationality and religion within philosophy developed over time, and what is to be made of the different truth claims made by different religions? Does science show that belief in God is irrational? A lively debate with contributions from students warmly encouraged.

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a well-known experienced teacher and author. She works closely with exam boards and is perfectly placed to support students in preparation for A level examinations. She is an experienced examiner and also a member of the Religious Studies CPD team for the largest RS ‘A’ level examination board in the UK. Julie has an international reputation for inspiring academic excellence and encouraging students to push the boundaries of knowledge.

Professor Keith Ward

Professor KeithWard is Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford and was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion at King’s College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a member of the executive Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is currently publishing academic work on the development of Ethical thinking and holds an academic chair at Heythrop College, London.

Dr Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson is a hugely popular lecturer and tutor at St Peter’s College, Oxford. He has a witty engaging style that accelerates students’ insight and understanding with gritty intellectual challenges. He was educated at St Peter’s College and then at The Queen’s College, in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships in Oxford before returning to St Peter’s, Oxford, in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows. He is Secretary to the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.

Dr John Frye

Dr. John Frye has just completed both text books for the new specification for AQA. He is possibly the most experienced examiner in the country and is relied upon by a number of exam boards for his highly skilled approach to paper development and testing. He continues to teach ‘A’ level and is therefore quite uniquely placed to offer genuine knowledge of A level in a fast-paced accessible style. He has an awesome intellect and engages students with his dry light-hearted wit. His talks are always perfectly pitched and encourage an expansive attitude to knowledge.

What Students Say

“I am so glad I got to the conference this year. Speaking to others, we all agreed that it allowed us to see our course in a different and broader context. It was lovely engaging in our subject in a way that goes beyond our textbooks. Listening to speakers who knew about Philosophy and were passionate about it, reminded me why I chose to study RS”.

“I found the conference to be very interesting and enriching – both for the content and philosophy as a whole. It rejuvenated our passion for philosophy and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to attend. Thank you very much!”

“LOVED IT! It was amazing and really useful. Julie Arliss’ talks linked in with what we’ve been doing, and all the speakers were so interesting!”

“I enjoyed how the speakers were so enthusiastic about their subjects and came up with interactive analogies that people could relate to.”

What Teachers Say

“My students enjoyed the day and found the lecturers excellent in their knowledge. They left with lots of new questions and were ‘buzzing’ on the journey back home.”

“We really enjoyed the day. The location I thought was great and the presentations were perfectly pitched – we will be joining you again at future conferences.”

“Well we had a great day with you lot in Manchester!! Thank you so much. So pleased with the pitch, the content etc. A big thumbs up from Winstanley!!! Also we will definitely see you next year too!!!!”

“We really enjoyed the venue, location and talks, particularly the aspect of interaction and content. Credit should be given to Julie Arliss; a competent and engaging public speaker”

“My students loved it! In fact, even after having their brains fried, they still wanted more. Thank you again for another fantastic event and I look forward to bringing my students again in future.”

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £23 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £23, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£25 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure
your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference

Book online at ethics.academyconferences.com/index.php/uk-programme

Mar
2
Fri
2018
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Oxford University Mathematical Inst.)
Mar 2 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Oxford University Mathematical Inst.) @ Oxford University Mathematical Inst. | England | United Kingdom
What to Expect on the DayThe LecturesThe SpeakersWhat Students and Teachers SayWhy Attend?Details and Bookings

What to Expect on the Day

This year we are looking at some really topical issues. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ it is ever more important to equip students with critical thinking skills for life.

Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for them.

‘A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’

The Lectures

Matters of Life and Death – Julie Arliss

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’.

It seems to be a fundamental part of being human to reflect on our lives and to try to work out how to live and die well. What would a life well lived actually look like? Is there anything fundamentally good about working for a living? Or is the ultimate goal to avoid work. What would it mean to ‘die well’? Is there anything more to life than this, or is it all just a wombat trail? This session will survey a number of the different answers to these questions and give students a map of the territory identifying the key issues that divide those who take up the Socratic challenge to live an examined life.

‘Finding Truth and Logic in a “Post-truth” Post-modern world’ – Professor Tom Greggs

This multi-media lecture explores contemporary shifts in culture in relation to the way in which logic and truth are deployed. The lecture not only explores the role of contemporary social media in shaping the idea of ‘truth’, but also the shifting ways in which logic is deployed. As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

Just how free am I? – Dr Stephen Law

You are an animal – a physical thing – and all physical things are in the grip of the laws of nature. Rocks, rivers, and planets aren’t free to wander off wherever they want – they have no choice other than to obey the laws of physics. But then, being a physical thing, so do you. Science shows that every atom in your body is in the vice-like grip of those same laws of physics. So, given enough knowledge about how things were a day or a month or even a decade ago, physicists could in principle predict everything you do today – including what you think are your ‘free’ choices!

So it turns out you are just nature’s puppet, no more free to make and act on your own choices than is a rock, river, or planet. But if that’s true if we have no choice about what we do – how can we be responsible for what we do? How can we justly punish people for what they do? Stephen Law grapples with this and other puzzles about free will and responsibility.

Agony, Ecstasy, Mystics and Miracles – Dr Andrew Pinsent

A Study of the Weird and Wonderful from the Perspective of Science and Philosophy.

Throughout history religious people have claimed to experience altered states of consciousness and miracles, but how do these claims sit with research today? Are these signs of a great unrealised potential of the human mind or to be dismissed as madness? What light do quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and philosophy shed on these issues? Dr Pinsent, a former physicist from CERN, philosopher and priest, will explore such questions in the context of competing views of the ultimate nature of the
universe and our place in it: a thought-provoking and engaging invitation to think more deeply about the limits and possibilities of human knowledge.

The BIG Debate: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that can reasonably be bought or sold. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly-accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Dr Stephen Law

Previous the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

What Students and Teachers Say

“Julie’s conference days are the highlight of our school calendar, and our students’ eyes shine when they hear her name mentioned because they know that they will be in for a day of intellectual stimulation through exposure to new and big ideas. It is such a gift to have the opportunity to bring students to an annual event where they can have their horizons expanded and mix with like-minded peers. These study days spark such imagination and enthusiasm in our students that the ripple effect creates energy and openness to thinking outside of the norm.”

“The conference day was truly inspirational and though-provoking.”

“Both the pupils and the staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

“Students continued to discuss it all the way back and I have already been asked how long until the next one!”

“The feedback is that they learnt masses. The content of the talks was brilliant; we all learnt something new.”

“Thank you very much. Students staff and parents all found it inspirational”

“I have attended all Academy Conference GT programmes since 2010. These events are fast paced and relate to current trends, developments and obsessions within western society. An underlying theme to each event enables speakers to show surprising connections between apparently unrelated areas of knowledge.”

“An excellent taster for the ‘examined life.”

Why Attend?

  • University Masterclass
  • Inspired thinking
  • Search for knowledge
  • Challenge beliefs
  • Gain foundational ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Share ideas with like-minded people
  • Meet world-class thinkers

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £25 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £25, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference.

Book online at www.academyconferences.com

Mar
9
Fri
2018
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London)
Mar 9 @ 10:00 AM – 3:45 PM
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London) @ Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London | England | United Kingdom
What to Expect on the DayThe LecturesThe SpeakersWhat Students and Teachers SayWhy Attend?Details and Bookings

What to Expect on the Day

This year we are looking at some really topical issues. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ it is ever more important to equip students with critical thinking skills for life.

Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for them.

‘A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’

The Lectures

Matters of Life and Death – Julie Arliss

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’.

It seems to be a fundamental part of being human to reflect on our lives and to try to work out how to live and die well. What would a life well lived actually look like? Is there anything fundamentally good about working for a living? Or is the ultimate goal to avoid work. What would it mean to ‘die well’? Is there anything more to life than this, or is it all just a wombat trail? This session will survey a number of the different answers to these questions and give students a map of the territory identifying the key issues that divide those who take up the Socratic challenge to live an examined life.

‘Finding Truth and Logic in a “Post-truth” Post-modern world’ – Professor Tom Greggs

This multi-media lecture explores contemporary shifts in culture in relation to the way in which logic and truth are deployed. The lecture not only explores the role of contemporary social media in shaping the idea of ‘truth’, but also the shifting ways in which logic is deployed. As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

Just how free am I? – Dr Stephen Law

You are an animal – a physical thing – and all physical things are in the grip of the laws of nature. Rocks, rivers, and planets aren’t free to wander off wherever they want – they have no choice other than to obey the laws of physics. But then, being a physical thing, so do you. Science shows that every atom in your body is in the vice-like grip of those same laws of physics. So, given enough knowledge about how things were a day or a month or even a decade ago, physicists could in principle predict everything you do today – including what you think are your ‘free’ choices!

So it turns out you are just nature’s puppet, no more free to make and act on your own choices than is a rock, river, or planet. But if that’s true if we have no choice about what we do – how can we be responsible for what we do? How can we justly punish people for what they do? Stephen Law grapples with this and other puzzles about free will and responsibility.

Agony, Ecstasy, Mystics and Miracles – Dr Andrew Pinsent

A Study of the Weird and Wonderful from the Perspective of Science and Philosophy.

Throughout history religious people have claimed to experience altered states of consciousness and miracles, but how do these claims sit with research today? Are these signs of a great unrealised potential of the human mind or to be dismissed as madness? What light do quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and philosophy shed on these issues? Dr Pinsent, a former physicist from CERN, philosopher and priest, will explore such questions in the context of competing views of the ultimate nature of the
universe and our place in it: a thought-provoking and engaging invitation to think more deeply about the limits and possibilities of human knowledge.

The BIG Debate: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that can reasonably be bought or sold. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly-accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Dr Stephen Law

Previous the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

What Students and Teachers Say

“Julie’s conference days are the highlight of our school calendar, and our students’ eyes shine when they hear her name mentioned because they know that they will be in for a day of intellectual stimulation through exposure to new and big ideas. It is such a gift to have the opportunity to bring students to an annual event where they can have their horizons expanded and mix with like-minded peers. These study days spark such imagination and enthusiasm in our students that the ripple effect creates energy and openness to thinking outside of the norm.”

“The conference day was truly inspirational and though-provoking.”

“Both the pupils and the staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

“Students continued to discuss it all the way back and I have already been asked how long until the next one!”

“The feedback is that they learnt masses. The content of the talks was brilliant; we all learnt something new.”

“Thank you very much. Students staff and parents all found it inspirational”

“I have attended all Academy Conference GT programmes since 2010. These events are fast paced and relate to current trends, developments and obsessions within western society. An underlying theme to each event enables speakers to show surprising connections between apparently unrelated areas of knowledge.”

“An excellent taster for the ‘examined life.”

Why Attend?

  • University Masterclass
  • Inspired thinking
  • Search for knowledge
  • Challenge beliefs
  • Gain foundational ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Share ideas with like-minded people
  • Meet world-class thinkers

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £25 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £25, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference.

Book online at www.academyconferences.com

Mar
12
Mon
2018
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Kings College, Taunton)
Mar 12 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Kings College, Taunton) @ Kings College, Taunton | England | United Kingdom
What to Expect on the DayThe LecturesThe SpeakersWhat Students and Teachers SayWhy Attend?Details and Bookings

What to Expect on the Day

This year we are looking at some really topical issues. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ it is ever more important to equip students with critical thinking skills for life.

Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for them.

‘A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’

The Lectures

Matters of Life and Death – Julie Arliss

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’.

It seems to be a fundamental part of being human to reflect on our lives and to try to work out how to live and die well. What would a life well lived actually look like? Is there anything fundamentally good about working for a living? Or is the ultimate goal to avoid work. What would it mean to ‘die well’? Is there anything more to life than this, or is it all just a wombat trail? This session will survey a number of the different answers to these questions and give students a map of the territory identifying the key issues that divide those who take up the Socratic challenge to live an examined life.

‘Finding Truth and Logic in a “Post-truth” Post-modern world’ – Professor Tom Greggs

This multi-media lecture explores contemporary shifts in culture in relation to the way in which logic and truth are deployed. The lecture not only explores the role of contemporary social media in shaping the idea of ‘truth’, but also the shifting ways in which logic is deployed. As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

Just how free am I? – Dr Stephen Law

You are an animal – a physical thing – and all physical things are in the grip of the laws of nature. Rocks, rivers, and planets aren’t free to wander off wherever they want – they have no choice other than to obey the laws of physics. But then, being a physical thing, so do you. Science shows that every atom in your body is in the vice-like grip of those same laws of physics. So, given enough knowledge about how things were a day or a month or even a decade ago, physicists could in principle predict everything you do today – including what you think are your ‘free’ choices!

So it turns out you are just nature’s puppet, no more free to make and act on your own choices than is a rock, river, or planet. But if that’s true if we have no choice about what we do – how can we be responsible for what we do? How can we justly punish people for what they do? Stephen Law grapples with this and other puzzles about free will and responsibility.

Agony, Ecstasy, Mystics and Miracles – Dr Andrew Pinsent

A Study of the Weird and Wonderful from the Perspective of Science and Philosophy.

Throughout history religious people have claimed to experience altered states of consciousness and miracles, but how do these claims sit with research today? Are these signs of a great unrealised potential of the human mind or to be dismissed as madness? What light do quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and philosophy shed on these issues? Dr Pinsent, a former physicist from CERN, philosopher and priest, will explore such questions in the context of competing views of the ultimate nature of the
universe and our place in it: a thought-provoking and engaging invitation to think more deeply about the limits and possibilities of human knowledge.

The BIG Debate: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that can reasonably be bought or sold. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly-accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Dr Stephen Law

Previous the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

What Students and Teachers Say

“Julie’s conference days are the highlight of our school calendar, and our students’ eyes shine when they hear her name mentioned because they know that they will be in for a day of intellectual stimulation through exposure to new and big ideas. It is such a gift to have the opportunity to bring students to an annual event where they can have their horizons expanded and mix with like-minded peers. These study days spark such imagination and enthusiasm in our students that the ripple effect creates energy and openness to thinking outside of the norm.”

“The conference day was truly inspirational and though-provoking.”

“Both the pupils and the staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

“Students continued to discuss it all the way back and I have already been asked how long until the next one!”

“The feedback is that they learnt masses. The content of the talks was brilliant; we all learnt something new.”

“Thank you very much. Students staff and parents all found it inspirational”

“I have attended all Academy Conference GT programmes since 2010. These events are fast paced and relate to current trends, developments and obsessions within western society. An underlying theme to each event enables speakers to show surprising connections between apparently unrelated areas of knowledge.”

“An excellent taster for the ‘examined life.”

Why Attend?

  • University Masterclass
  • Inspired thinking
  • Search for knowledge
  • Challenge beliefs
  • Gain foundational ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Share ideas with like-minded people
  • Meet world-class thinkers

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £25 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £25, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference.

Book online at www.academyconferences.com

Mar
16
Fri
2018
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Emmanuel URC, Cambridge)
Mar 16 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Emmanuel URC, Cambridge) @ Emmanuel URC, Cambridge | England | United Kingdom
What to Expect on the DayThe LecturesThe SpeakersWhat Students and Teachers SayWhy Attend?Details and Bookings

What to Expect on the Day

This year we are looking at some really topical issues. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ it is ever more important to equip students with critical thinking skills for life.

Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for them.

‘A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’

The Lectures

Matters of Life and Death – Julie Arliss

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’.

It seems to be a fundamental part of being human to reflect on our lives and to try to work out how to live and die well. What would a life well lived actually look like? Is there anything fundamentally good about working for a living? Or is the ultimate goal to avoid work. What would it mean to ‘die well’? Is there anything more to life than this, or is it all just a wombat trail? This session will survey a number of the different answers to these questions and give students a map of the territory identifying the key issues that divide those who take up the Socratic challenge to live an examined life.

‘Finding Truth and Logic in a “Post-truth” Post-modern world’ – Professor Tom Greggs

This multi-media lecture explores contemporary shifts in culture in relation to the way in which logic and truth are deployed. The lecture not only explores the role of contemporary social media in shaping the idea of ‘truth’, but also the shifting ways in which logic is deployed. As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

Just how free am I? – Dr Stephen Law

You are an animal – a physical thing – and all physical things are in the grip of the laws of nature. Rocks, rivers, and planets aren’t free to wander off wherever they want – they have no choice other than to obey the laws of physics. But then, being a physical thing, so do you. Science shows that every atom in your body is in the vice-like grip of those same laws of physics. So, given enough knowledge about how things were a day or a month or even a decade ago, physicists could in principle predict everything you do today – including what you think are your ‘free’ choices!

So it turns out you are just nature’s puppet, no more free to make and act on your own choices than is a rock, river, or planet. But if that’s true if we have no choice about what we do – how can we be responsible for what we do? How can we justly punish people for what they do? Stephen Law grapples with this and other puzzles about free will and responsibility.

Agony, Ecstasy, Mystics and Miracles – Dr Andrew Pinsent

A Study of the Weird and Wonderful from the Perspective of Science and Philosophy.

Throughout history religious people have claimed to experience altered states of consciousness and miracles, but how do these claims sit with research today? Are these signs of a great unrealised potential of the human mind or to be dismissed as madness? What light do quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and philosophy shed on these issues? Dr Pinsent, a former physicist from CERN, philosopher and priest, will explore such questions in the context of competing views of the ultimate nature of the
universe and our place in it: a thought-provoking and engaging invitation to think more deeply about the limits and possibilities of human knowledge.

The BIG Debate: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that can reasonably be bought or sold. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly-accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Dr Stephen Law

Previous the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

What Students and Teachers Say

“Julie’s conference days are the highlight of our school calendar, and our students’ eyes shine when they hear her name mentioned because they know that they will be in for a day of intellectual stimulation through exposure to new and big ideas. It is such a gift to have the opportunity to bring students to an annual event where they can have their horizons expanded and mix with like-minded peers. These study days spark such imagination and enthusiasm in our students that the ripple effect creates energy and openness to thinking outside of the norm.”

“The conference day was truly inspirational and though-provoking.”

“Both the pupils and the staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

“Students continued to discuss it all the way back and I have already been asked how long until the next one!”

“The feedback is that they learnt masses. The content of the talks was brilliant; we all learnt something new.”

“Thank you very much. Students staff and parents all found it inspirational”

“I have attended all Academy Conference GT programmes since 2010. These events are fast paced and relate to current trends, developments and obsessions within western society. An underlying theme to each event enables speakers to show surprising connections between apparently unrelated areas of knowledge.”

“An excellent taster for the ‘examined life.”

Why Attend?

  • University Masterclass
  • Inspired thinking
  • Search for knowledge
  • Challenge beliefs
  • Gain foundational ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Share ideas with like-minded people
  • Meet world-class thinkers

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £25 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £25, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference.

Book online at www.academyconferences.com

Apr
26
Thu
2018
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester)
Apr 26 @ 9:30 AM – 3:15 PM
Gifted & Talented Blue-Sky Thinking for Bright Minds For Students Years 10–13 (Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester) @ Friend’s Meeting House, Manchester | England | United Kingdom
What to Expect on the DayThe LecturesThe SpeakersWhat Students and Teachers SayWhy Attend?Details and Bookings

What to Expect on the Day

This year we are looking at some really topical issues. In an era of ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ it is ever more important to equip students with critical thinking skills for life.

Experienced gifted educator, Julie Arliss and lecturers from the Universities of Oxford, Aberdeen and London will stretch and challenge your students. This is a unique, not to be missed, opportunity for them.

‘A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’

The Lectures

Matters of Life and Death – Julie Arliss

‘An unexamined life is not worth living’.

It seems to be a fundamental part of being human to reflect on our lives and to try to work out how to live and die well. What would a life well lived actually look like? Is there anything fundamentally good about working for a living? Or is the ultimate goal to avoid work. What would it mean to ‘die well’? Is there anything more to life than this, or is it all just a wombat trail? This session will survey a number of the different answers to these questions and give students a map of the territory identifying the key issues that divide those who take up the Socratic challenge to live an examined life.

‘Finding Truth and Logic in a “Post-truth” Post-modern world’ – Professor Tom Greggs

This multi-media lecture explores contemporary shifts in culture in relation to the way in which logic and truth are deployed. The lecture not only explores the role of contemporary social media in shaping the idea of ‘truth’, but also the shifting ways in which logic is deployed. As well as outlining the cultural shift towards ‘post-truth’ and its relation to post-modernism, the lecture will consider the ways in which logic functions, looking particularly at deduction, induction and abduction, as well as the place of logic in post-modern reasoning. The role of logic in the political sphere will also be considered in an age of the dictatorship of twitter-sphere.

Just how free am I? – Dr Stephen Law

You are an animal – a physical thing – and all physical things are in the grip of the laws of nature. Rocks, rivers, and planets aren’t free to wander off wherever they want – they have no choice other than to obey the laws of physics. But then, being a physical thing, so do you. Science shows that every atom in your body is in the vice-like grip of those same laws of physics. So, given enough knowledge about how things were a day or a month or even a decade ago, physicists could in principle predict everything you do today – including what you think are your ‘free’ choices!

So it turns out you are just nature’s puppet, no more free to make and act on your own choices than is a rock, river, or planet. But if that’s true if we have no choice about what we do – how can we be responsible for what we do? How can we justly punish people for what they do? Stephen Law grapples with this and other puzzles about free will and responsibility.

Agony, Ecstasy, Mystics and Miracles – Dr Andrew Pinsent

A Study of the Weird and Wonderful from the Perspective of Science and Philosophy.

Throughout history religious people have claimed to experience altered states of consciousness and miracles, but how do these claims sit with research today? Are these signs of a great unrealised potential of the human mind or to be dismissed as madness? What light do quantum mechanics, neuroscience, and philosophy shed on these issues? Dr Pinsent, a former physicist from CERN, philosopher and priest, will explore such questions in the context of competing views of the ultimate nature of the
universe and our place in it: a thought-provoking and engaging invitation to think more deeply about the limits and possibilities of human knowledge.

The BIG Debate: This house believes that love is not a commodity to be traded

A commodity is a useful or valuable thing that can reasonably be bought or sold. Many would argue that people also have an exchange value. In a world where everyone and everything has a price, this debate will ask if there is any reason to regard human love any differently?

The Speakers

Julie Arliss

Recently awarded a Farmington Fellowship from Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Julie Arliss is a highly-accomplished teacher and author. She is a well-known international educator of gifted students with a gift for making the complex simple, and the simple complex. She is committed to the provision of world-class extension activities for these students, to extend their reach well beyond the curriculum to new areas of knowledge. She is a former principal examiner for Cambridge International Examinations and founder of Academy Conferences.

Professor Tom Greggs

Tom Greggs holds the Marischal Chair, (actually a physical chair established in 1616) at the University of Aberdeen. He previously held a chair at the University of Chester. He has also taught at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a founding member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland, and is an Honorary Professor of Theology at St Mellitus College, London. He has been a visiting research fellow at St John’s College, Durham, and College of Arts and Sciences International Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia. He is the author of five major books and is currently the recipient of a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. He is globally in demand as a speaker and well known for his engaging wit.

Dr Andrew Pinsent

Dr Andrew Pinsent is a former particle physicist at CERN, being a named author on thirty-one papers of the DELPHI experiment. He is a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics. Dr Pinsent also has a second doctorate in Philosophy and is currently the Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, a Research Fellow of Harris-Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford University.

Dr Stephen Law

Previous the Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen’s College, Oxford, Dr Stephen Law is now the Provost of the Centre for Enquiry UK, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal Think, and has published a wide range of literature in Philosophy, and has a gift for producing work that is both academic and popular.

What Students and Teachers Say

“Julie’s conference days are the highlight of our school calendar, and our students’ eyes shine when they hear her name mentioned because they know that they will be in for a day of intellectual stimulation through exposure to new and big ideas. It is such a gift to have the opportunity to bring students to an annual event where they can have their horizons expanded and mix with like-minded peers. These study days spark such imagination and enthusiasm in our students that the ripple effect creates energy and openness to thinking outside of the norm.”

“The conference day was truly inspirational and though-provoking.”

“Both the pupils and the staff who attended thoroughly enjoyed the day.”

“Students continued to discuss it all the way back and I have already been asked how long until the next one!”

“The feedback is that they learnt masses. The content of the talks was brilliant; we all learnt something new.”

“Thank you very much. Students staff and parents all found it inspirational”

“I have attended all Academy Conference GT programmes since 2010. These events are fast paced and relate to current trends, developments and obsessions within western society. An underlying theme to each event enables speakers to show surprising connections between apparently unrelated areas of knowledge.”

“An excellent taster for the ‘examined life.”

Why Attend?

  • University Masterclass
  • Inspired thinking
  • Search for knowledge
  • Challenge beliefs
  • Gain foundational ideas
  • Engage the thinker within
  • Share ideas with like-minded people
  • Meet world-class thinkers

Details and Bookings

Arrival from 09.30. The programme begins promptly at 10.00 and concludes at 15.15.
Note: times for London conference as follows: 10.00 arrival; 10.30 start; 15.45 finish.

TUITION FEES

Students:

A fixed fee of £25 if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). We have access to sponsorship for students wishing to attend but for whom the cost is a significant challenge for their families. Please contact us for further details. Students will need to bring their own equipment and refreshments. Please note that we do not allow recordings of the day.

Staff:

A fixed fee of £25, if paid by BACS or cheque prior to conference (£27 if paid by PayPal or credit card). One free staff place with every 12 students booked. Unaccompanied teachers attending for CPD to pay £195. Staff are warmly invited to join the team for informal discussion over break and lunch with refreshments provided.

Bookings:

These events fill quickly but we appreciate that it can take time to get paperwork in place and collect money from students. If unable to pay at the time of booking please note that you may secure your places by booking online and making a small deposit of £70 via our online payment system. This will be offset against your final invoice total. The deposit is non-refundable in circumstances where the full invoice is not met, or payment is received after conference.

Book online at www.academyconferences.com