Welcome to the Curious Minds Podcast: A lifelong learning podcast featuring short talks from academic staff of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education. We welcome your suggestions for topics, via the form at the bottom of this page.
Episode 6: Locked in: The early 19th-century home and the rise of privacy
Dr Steven Parissien, cultural historian, museum director and Departmental Lecturer in Architectural History looks at how, in the Regency era, we began to redefine our homes, possessions and personal spaces in relation to the outside world, driven in large part by the development of an ubiquitous product – glass.
Episode 5: 'A permanent national necessity'
Conceived in the 19th century, the 'extension' of university education to adult learners was seen as a matter of social justice and national security. Gail Anderson, the Department's Head of Communications, explains.
Episode 4: The Creativity Code
Marcus du Sautoy, the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science considers artificial intelligence and creativity.
Episode 3: Jane Austen and a Regency Scandal
English Literature tutor Dr Sandie Byrne considers how Jane Austen came to dedicate her novel Emma to a scandalous man whom she professed to hate, the Prince Regent.
Episode 2: At Home in Early Medieval England
Archaeologist Dr Toby Martin talks about homes in the early medieval period: what homes may have been like in the 5th-7th centuries, who would have lived there, and how they may have spent their time.
Episode 1: Medieval Perspectives on the Pandemic
Medieval historian Dr Elizabeth Gemmill explores medieval accounts of epidemics and in particular their uncertainties about the causes, course and consequences of disease. She reflects on whether our present circumstances can help us to a better understanding of the experiences of people in the past.