Meetings are held weekly, on Thursday mornings in Ealing Green Church (almost opposite Ealing Film Studios).
You should aim to arrive at about 10.00am.
Meetings begin with announcements and in-house business. There are then two short 2-minute presentations given by interest group conveners. This is followed by the speaker's presentation during which there is usually a break of approx. 15mins. The proceedings finish at 11.45-12.00.
THURSDAY MORNING TALKS:
From March 2017 Rosemary Richardson has retired as organiser of the Thursday morning talks. We thank her for the excellence with which she has managed the highly important, demanding task over several years.
She will be replaced by Yvonne Hughes who will be glad to receive your suggestions. See CONTACT
PROGRAMME OF TALKS, SPRING TERM 2017
April 27 Ian McCannah: Sir Christopher Wren’s Historic City Skyline. (The life and architecture of Wren as he rebuilt the city churches after the Great Fire of London 1666.)
May 4 David Jones: The Ecology of British Earthworms (How many species are there? What do they eat? How do they contribute to the soil processes and ecosystem health? And many more secrets of Earthworms.)
May 11 Dr. Jim Hoare: Asia on my Mind: 50 years living and working in the Confucian World (Beginning in 1964 as a new graduate student, my work, leisure, hobbies and family life been bound up with once was the “Chinese World Order”.)
May 18 Dr. Annette Heinbokel and Julie Taplin: Gifted Children – from Ealing to Germany (Starting in 1967, the English National Association for Gifted Children influenced the founding of German Association for Gifted Children. What are the difference between them?)
May 25 Trevor Dance: Rodolphe Bresdin: an Incorrigible Bohemian (An introduction to the astonishing work and amazing life of this fascinating 19th century French artist. Penniless all life, walked 400 miles lived in Canada and came back to France and more.)
June 1 Tony Dayan: Plants to Kill and Plants to Cure (We have used plants to kill food animals and each other since the earliest times and in the past 7-9000 years exploited them as medicines. Let’s look at the gardens around us with respect.)
June 8 Helen Johnston: Treasures of the Thames: The Archaeology of the Thames Foreshore (The Thames runs through London, at low tide we have the longest archaeological site revealing London’s History.)
June 15 Cllr. Julian Bell: Development Plans for Ealing, including the Town Hall.
June 22 Canon Anne Davison: From the Medes to the Mullahs: a History of Iran. (History of Iran, or Persia, is long and complex From Ancient Empires of Medes, Through Islamic Conquest in the 7th Century, through Islamic Empires, the 1979 Iranian Revolution up to today’s Islamic Republic.
June 29 Member of the London’s Air Ambulance Team: The work of the Air Ambulance Service.
July 6 Prof. Mary Evans: Women Detectives: Ladies with Guns Fiction. (How do women detectives appear in detective fiction of the late 20th and early 21st century? Does Miss Marple live on?)
July 13 Margaret Martin interviewing Ian Richardson. (Desert Island Discs - Margaret interviews Ian and plays his choice of music between the stories of his life.)
EALING U3A SUMMER PROGRAMME, marking the Centenary of the Russian Revolution
July 27 Dr Andy Willimott: 1917- Living the Revolution (The Russian Revolution of 1917 brought down 300 years of Romanov rule, radicalised a nation and saw the establishment of the world’s first avowedly socialist state. From freedoms of February to ‘red dawn’ of October and beyond.)
(Lecturer in Modern Russian/ Soviet History at the University of Reading. Author of Living the Revolution: Urban Communes & Soviet Socialism, 1917 – 1923)
August 10 Prof Michael Kauffmann: Years of invention: Russian Art & Politics 1905 – 1925 (Starting in 1905, the year of the abortive revolution through the 1917 revolution up to 1925.)
(Former Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art)
August 24 Andrew Jameson: The October Revolution in Russian Literature (The past is another country – they do things differently there. The two revolutions of 1917 signified the end of the Russian Empire, followed by the coming to power of a determined but narrow ideology. How did this affect poetry and writing?)
(Consultant on Russian Language and Culture
Member of the Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS))
Ealing U3A members, £2 per lecture; non-members £3 per lecture: pay at the door
Please put the dates in your diary
AUTUMN TERM STARTS SEPT 7, 2017
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