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#WoolfWatch Week Twelve

Published June 10, 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 Twelve!

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


On 5 June 2020, we hosted a webinar on the subject of Sustaining Communities during COVID-19 with Dr Ed Kessler, Sayeeda Warsi and Revd Dr Rowan Williams. The discussion explored the impact of the coronavirus on communities - local, regional, national - covering questions such as: Are new forms of communities coming into existence and will they last? Will our appreciation of the local neighbourhood be sustained in the longterm? And what role does religion play? Chaired by Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner, this dialogue explored questions from a Christian, Muslim and Jewish perspective. Check out our Upcoming Events page for details about upcoming webinar sessions.


By most accounts, the first cities sprang up in Mesopotamia and Central America around 7000 BC. Fertile soils and successful agricultural developments made it possible for people to live together in close proximity and to focus on things other than food production. But what can we learn from cities now, and how is COVID-19 going to change things? Prof Wendy Pullan and Dr Joanna Kusiak join Dr Ed Kessler in this week's podcast recommendation from the Naked Reflections series, The History and Future of the City. You can listen to this episode here and listen to and subscribe to new weekly episodes of the series here.


Over the last couple of months, Dr Ed Kessler has undertaken more than 50 interviews for the two series of the COVID-19 Chronicles. The first series explored reflections from religious leaders and scholars around the UK with contributions from Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Jews and Muslims, as well as Sikh, Hindu and Humanist speakers. The second series consists of interviews from around the world, from Melbourne to Moscow and from Los Angeles to Lagos. In this week's blog recommendation, available here, Ed reflects on the series so far and common themes that have emerged through these discussions. You can watch Part One of the series here and Part Two, Beyond the UK, here. Stay tuned for new episodes being uploaded throughout the week!


Interested in catching up on some of the projects happening at the Woolf Institute? It's been awhile since we've shared our 'Walking Tour of Woolf Research Projects' video, so here it is! In this video, Dr Ed Kessler and Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner cover 17 projects in under 30 minutes. Learn more about Woolf Institute research projects, current and completed, here.

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