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January 31, 2013

All we need is One World Week vision

Writing about web page http://www.oneworldweek.net/


Coconut shell with straws on beach

When the temperature outside has barely been above zero in weeks, your nearest international airport is only ten miles away and you can easily contact alumni in more than 50 countries, it is tempting to consider picking up a round-the-world-flight, packing a bag and deciding on which beach to rock up on first.

But, if a limited budget, deadlines (be they course or work related) or a fear of flying prevent you from boarding a plane and then slapping on the sunscreen, fear not, for while you are unable to visit the world, the world is more than happy to come, in a manner of speaking, to Warwick.

One World Week is one of the largest international student arts festivals in the world and this is down to the University of Warwick having a diverse, willing and talented student body. The week-long festival, which is currently taking place on campus, aims to “stimulate personal development and inspire a view based on acceptance and appreciation of the world's mosaic of cultures, encouraging awareness of and positive action on issues which affect our one world.” When you look at the schedule of events on offer, there is definitely a variety of ways in which Warwick’s students can be inspired – from the intellectual evening forums to the visual and sensory overload that comes from the closing Carnival on Saturday. It’s clear that a lot of work goes into organising the festival and I hope those behind One World Week get the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labours as much as the rest of us on campus.

One World Week is also one of the many events held at Warwick that make use of the University’s international connections and bring a global perspective onto the campus. Experts in various fields come for One World Week to take part in panel discussions and evening events. Among those offering their insight this year are Tony Barber, Europe editor and associate editor of the Financial Times and Bill Thompson, technology critic for the BBC. We’ll be interviewing Bill this evening, discussing net neutrality and his view of the ‘perfect internet’ and covering Tony’s contributions to a panel discussion on the future of the European Union.

Bill Thompson BBC technology critic

Bill Thompson, BBC technology critic [Image c/o Wikimedia Commons]

Tony Barber Financial Times

Tony Barber, Europe editor and associate editor of the Financial Times [Image c/o blogs.ft.com]

Whilst you wait for those articles to appear on the Knowledge Centre, here’s a few photos of events so far.

Game of Carrom Karrom at University of Warwick Students Union during One world week 2013

Roll a D6: Students enjoy a game of carrom on campus

A flavour of New Orleans at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick students union

Geaux Tigers: The gumbo flavour of Louisiana comes to Warwick

Henna tattoo at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick students union

Henna tattooist are on hand to show off their work

beating of bongo drums at one world week 2013 University of Warwick Students Union

He bangs the drum: musicians are on hand to bring an audible element to One World Week

View of the crowds in Roots Building at One World Week 2013 University of Warwick Students Union

Crowd sourcing: The Students' Union main space is turned into an international concourse for the week


January 07, 2013

We are back

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge

Updated: 8 January 2013

Rawson household sketch 1877 Champagne toast

Sketch from a diary entry on the 1 January 1877 showing the New Year's celebrations at the Rawson household at The Hollow near Mackay, Queensland, Australia.


Hopefully you’ve had a pleasant Christmas and New Year sojourn or at the very least a respite from the rigours of the rest of the year. If you’re now looking for informative entertainment that’s more highbrow than ‘That Dog Can Dance’ or less scary than the snowmen in the Doctor Who Christmas special, then the Knowledge Centre is happy to keep giving.

Both the Knowledge Centre and I have our own resolutions for the New Year as, over the next twelve months, we both aim to improve ourselves (although, in the case of the Knowledge Centre, this will be for your benefit and won’t involve a gym membership).

Like all good resolutions, The Knowledge Centre is looking at an evolution rather than a revolution. We will still continue to bring you insights and ideas from academics at the University (starting with Professor Mark Harrison’s discussing the cost of secrecy in the former USSR) and we will cover the major academic events, such as TedxWarwick and One World Week. Nevertheless, we’re looking to broaden our horizons (as well as yours) so we’ll introduce articles around the impacts Warwick, and its academics, make through world leading research, local and global responsibility, medical research and our work with business. While the Knowledge Centre adds these strings to its bow, I hope to teach myself British Sign Language (BSL), learn the guitar and pick up some more work-based skills through the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

During the brief periods when I’ll not be writing, studying or strumming away, I’ll hopefully get a chance to get involved in some of the following highlights I’ve added to my calendar.

January
It’s Oscar time! My money is on Argo for best picture at this year’s Academy Awards. January 20 is also World Religion Day and the following week sees the start of Warwick’s One World Week so there’ll be some interesting events going on around campus for us to report on for the Knowledge Centre.

February
Asteroid 9387 ‘Tweedledee’ will make its closest approach to Earth. There’s nothing overtly special about this apart from the asteroid’s cute name.

March
The 120th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s birth is this month so a trip to his home town of Oswestry might be in order.

And that’s only the first quarter. What are your plans and hopes for the next year? Feel free to post comments below or tweet us @WarwicKnowledge about your own hopes and resolutions for 2013.


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