History & Humanities

Celebrating Women’s Lives over the last Century

Leader: Daphne Berkovi

Each member of our group conducts research into a woman of their choice, whom they feel has made a contribution in any field during the last century . They then present their findings to our group.

Poster for Voice & Vote Women's Place in Parliament exhibition with historical image of women demanding the right to voteTour of the Vote100 Exhibition at Parliament on 17 September – mid-morning; led by Dr Takayanagi, co-curator of this special exhibition celebrating the 100 years since women were given the right to vote.

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We are  fortunate in securing a Topical Talks speaker later this year: Dr Mari Takayanagi, Joint Project Manager and Co-Curator, Vote 100 Voice and Vote exhibition and Parliament’s Vote 100 Project: http://parliamentandwomen.wordpress.com/

  • Start date: Already active
  • When: Monday 3.15 – 4.30 pm
  • Location:  Leader’s home NW11 6RJ
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

Collector’s Corner

Leader: Alan Philipp

This is a new group, previously listed as Map Appreciation; the scope has now been extended to allow collectors of  cigarette cards, coins, stamps and maps to meet and discuss their favourite items and learn from each other.

  • Start date: 25 September 2018
  • When: Tuesdays 4  – 5 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home in NW11 6UG
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Number of places: 10

History of Art Programme

Leader: Prof Michael Baum

This is a new group. Professor Baum, who kindly led two tours in 2017, has offered us a varied programme for the coming season..

  • Two tours of the National Gallery
  • Two tours of Kenwood House
  • Three lectures on the links between the history of medicine and the history of art
  • One lecture on the history of photography and the history of art

This 8-session programme started on 6 August.

  • First event: Tour of Kenwood House – completed
  • Second event : Tour of National Gallery – late 18th century and early 19th century paintings – completed
  • Third event: Tour of Kenwood House
  • Date of next event: Monday 01 October
  • Start time: to be added
  • Duration: One hour
  • Frequency: First Monday of the month
  • Booking: Essential with form below

Maximum: 12 people

History — a Sideways Look

Leader: Jack Berkovi (initially)

This is a new group which looks “Sideways” at History. Its format is very popular with other U3As. The group chooses a year or period and researches what was happening world-wide at that time.  Group members share their findings in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our first period is 1775 -1800.  Why not start researching this period now and choose a topic that interests you?

  • Start  date:  25 September 2018
  • When: Tuesday afternoon 3 – 5 pm
  • Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
  • Location:  Fellowship Room, Golders Green Unitarian Church, 31 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8BS
  • Frequency: Fortnightly
  • Number of places: 20

Psychology — An Introduction

Leader: Chris Salter

Each time we meet, we begin with information on the day’s topic, followed by activities — not measuring each other’s abilities, and concluding with an overview of summaries of very recent research.

Over a year, we cover:

  1. The history of psychology, types of research, & ethics
  2. Topics such as memory, communication, behaviour, and so on
  3. Development from babyhood to now
  4. The main branches of applied psychology
  • Start date: Resumes 26 September 2018
  • When: Wednesday 10 am – 11.15 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 7TL
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Charges: To be discussed with the group whether to meet alternately in each others’ homes or to make a small contribution
  • Number of places: 8

Public Speaking

Leader: Marilyn Lehrer

Do you ever have to give a talk or make a speech in public and does the prospect terrify you? Is your first reaction ‘How can I stand up in front of all those people? How do I say what I want to say without drying up?’

This six-week course is designed to help you overcome natural nervousness and acquire the basic skills of speaking confidently and effectively. Some preparation is necessary for each session. Marilyn Lehrer has a teaching diploma from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has been running courses in public speaking and effective communication for many years.

  • Start date: 9 October 2018
  • When: Tuesday 10 am – 11.30 am
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6NP
  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Number of places: 8