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#WoolfWatch Week Four

Published April 14, 2020 by Tara Zammit

As we are now working or staying at home during this time of isolation and social distancing, we thought it would be nice to share a list of some of our home entertainment recommendations. We are calling this new series #WoolfWatch. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks and welcome to Week Four!

We send our best wishes to you all at this time and hope you enjoy our series.


In these difficult and unprecedented times, how do faith communities stay connected while in isolation? How does religious practice carry on when people are so far apart? What will the long term impact of coronavirus be on faith? To address these and other questions, we present our new video series 'COVID-19 Chronicles'. In this series, Dr Ed Kessler interviews religious leaders across the Abrahamic faiths about how they and their communities are adapting to this new landscape. Our first video features The Rt Rev. and Rt Hon. Dr Rowan Williams. You can catch up on the released videos here and new videos will be coming out throughout the rest of April 2020.


This week, we recommend the podcast 'Changing Minds' from our Naked Reflections series with The Naked Scientists. In this episode, Dr Ed Kessler, social psychologist Dr Katherine O'Lone and literary scholar Dr Laura Davies of King's College, Cambridge discuss topics surrounding mental health and depression through the lenses of psychology, social media, literature, scripture and more. Did you know that Winston Churchill's description of his depression as 'the black dog' was taken from eighteenth century writer Samuel Johnson? You can listen to Changing Minds here - make sure to subscribe for more weekly episodes.


As we are unable to travel and visit some of our favourite resources for research and learning, many of us have adapted to using online material, presenting an opportunity for us to connect with sources online that we may have missed out on otherwise. For example, Dr Ed Kessler writes in a blog post about the opening of the Vatican's archives from WWII. Many of the Vatican's archives are now available digitally so you can take a look at some of their resources from the comfort and safety of your home. You can read Ed's blog here and check out some other great online resources from the University Library in Cambridge here.


One of the questions coming out of the COVID-19 crisis surrounds the ideas of trade and globalisation. Following a conference on traders' languages that took place in St John's College, Cambridge in 2014, which sought to place trade languages within a wider sociolinguistic context and examine in depth their effect on standard varieties of a large number of different languages, Dr Esther Miriam Wagner edited a themed volume on the topic, together with Dr Ben Outhwaite and Dr Bettina Beinhoff. You can read about Merchants of Innovation: The Languages of Traders here.

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