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The October issue of The Psychologist is given over to autism. It includes an article on cultural representations of autism (e.g. in fiction and film) by Prof. Douwe Draissma of Groningen (Theory and History of Psychology). The Psychologist is pitched at the level of interested readers as well as professionals. Many university students have diagnoses that place them on the autistic spectrum, but unfortunately what most people know about autism is fairly vague if not inaccurate.

World War I in Colour

A review of a book containing rare colour photos of a war that we usually imagine in black and white.

Into the Trenches in Red and Blue by Adam Hochschild | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

An aerial reconnaissance photograph of the opp...
An aerial reconnaissance photograph of the opposing trenches and no-man’s land between Loos and Hulluch in Artois, France, taken at 7.15 pm, 22 July 1917. German trenches are at the right and bottom, British trenches are at the top left. The vertical line to the left of centre indicates the course of a pre-war road or track. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments that all students should be familiar with is available free online.

A wonderfully digestible summary of the pitfalls and techniques of argumentation. I can’t think of a better way to be taught or reintroduced to these fundamental notions of logical discourse. A delightful little book.—Aaron Koblin, Creative Director of the
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Lecture: Shakespeare, Pilgrimage and ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’

Thursday 10 April, 12.30 pm. University Library lecture room, 4th floor.

This lecture will investigate the meaning of pilgrimage and examine its representation in Shakespeare’s plays, considering the impact of this predominantly medieval tradition when found in the work of a post-Reformation English playwright.

It will pay special attention to All’s Well That Ends Well, Shakespeare’s tragicomedy in which the heroine, Helena, undertakes a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela.

Prof. Helen Wilcox (Bangor, Wales) is an authority on Renaissance English literature. She was Professor of Modern English Literature at the University of Groningen between 1991 and 2006.