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13th November Edinburgh Ragged University: Come along to the Counting House at 7pm to listen to ‘3D Printing: no-hype, promise, just extraordinary art and design!’ by Ann Marie Shillito - plus - 'Cerebral Diabetes and the Reversal of the Flynn Effect' by Mike McInnes....

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Harvard University


Harvard University is an American private Ivy League research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its history, quality of education, academic influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Harvard was established in 1636 by the Massachusetts legislature, being the oldest institution of higher learning and the first corporation (officially The President and Fellows of Harvard College) chartered in the country. It was named after its first benefactor, John Harvard.

Although never formally affiliated with a church, the college primarily trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy. Harvard’s curriculum and students became secular throughout the 18th century and by the 19th century had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles W. Eliot’s forty-year tenure (1869–1909) transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a centralized research university, and Harvard became a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900.

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Darren Hendrie

Darren Hendrie is an Edinburgh based singer-songwriter. He plays regularly on Edinburgh’s open mic circuit and has been the featured act at venues such as Edinburgh Unlimited, The Listening Room and The Jazz Bar. He occasionally hosts The McEwan Ale House’s Red Dog Songwriter’s Session and their long standing Friday night open mic. As well as playing original material he can also play a wide range of covers.

He also fronts The Darren Hendrie Band; a rock/acoustic group. The band setup includes: Vocals (plus backing); Electric/12 String acoustic guitars; Violin; Bass; and Drums. Continue reading this article “Darren Hendrie” »

Incredible Edible

Incredible Edible

Our growing around town is organised by our community growers group.  From our beginnings with herb gardens, we’ve taken to planting and growing veggies and trees round town we’ve planted several orchards and there are more to come, and we’re working with public bodies round town to use their land – like the fire station and the railway station – or to work with them on their own Incredible ideas – like social landlord Pennine Housing.

Every school in the town is now involved in growing with us and we promote food-based learning for the community as a whole.  We’re reaching back into local memories and knowledge with our History project.  Our campaigns aim to make different futures happen, through local campaigns like Every Egg Matters, and by spreading the word locally, regionally and nationally.

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Second Nature

Second Nature

Second Nature’s mission is to create a sustainable society by transforming higher education. We accelerate movement toward a sustainable future by serving and supporting senior college and university leaders in making healthy, just, and sustainable living the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education. The following is a selection of articles, fact sheets, reports and speeches that were produced ,in whole or part, by members of the Second Nature team.

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Rediscovering Independent Working Class Education by Colin Waugh

The meeting at Ruskin College on 27th March is essentially about how independent working class education (IWCE) could be developed within trade union education.

The impulse for this stems partly from the pamphlet ‘Plebs’: the Lost Legacy of Independent Working-Class Education, produced last year by PSE to mark the centenary of the 1909 Ruskin College ‘strike’. What happened in and around that ‘strike’ is important now because it is the main example available to us of working-class people setting up on their own initiative a system of adult education -the Labour College movement – that was independent of the employing class and its state. Continue reading this article “Rediscovering Independent Working Class Education by Colin Waugh” »