Singing the Praises of Urban Landscapes

E. Patricia Dennison

Monday 13th Aug, Garden Theatre

The development of Scotland’s urban landscapes links the latest works from historians Kirsten Carter McKee and E Patricia Dennison. Edinburgh’s ‘Third New Town’ (aka Calton Hill and the surrounding area) is the focus for Carter McKee who finds that the architecture and design on the hill is a vivid demonstration of Scotland’s cultural identity. Dennison's The Evolution of Scotland's Towns considers urban heritage over 1,000 years, asking what we have lost and may continue to lose through neglect and fragmentation. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.


New Thoughts on Islam in Britain                                  

Sadek Hamid & Philip Lewis

Tuesday 14th Aug, Garden Theatre

In British Muslims Philip Lewis, former lecturer in peace studies at Bradford University, and Sadek Hamid, Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre for Islamic Studies, explore how a new generation of activists, scholars and professionals is leading social change and how Muslim identity politics are shifting as a result. Today they discuss how understandings of Islam in the 21st century are being comprehensively reshaped. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.


The Legacy of Protest

Martin Halliwell

Tuesday 14th Aug, Garden Theatre

1968 remains a landmark year for political and cultural activism. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the Black Panther movement and ongoing campaigns against the Vietnam War caused revolt in the US and further afield. Academic Martin Halliwell joins us to discuss the legacy of that tumultuous year, detailed in his book Reframing 1968, examining modern protest movements.


Scotland’s Early History

Gilbert Márkus

Friday 17th Aug, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

The period between 0 and 900AD is often dismissed as the Dark Ages but Gilbert Márkus has another view, and uses what he calls ‘luminous debris’ – bits and pieces of literary and material culture from the period – to shed light on the reality. In Conceiving a Nation, the Glasgow University researcher provides an entertaining introduction to Pictish kings, Norse settlements and Scotland's early days. Chaired by Sheena McDonald.


The English in Modern Scotland                                  

Tom Devine

Sunday 19th Aug, Baillie Gifford Main Theatre

Scotland's leading historian examines the nation's main migrant group who have outnumbered all other immigrants combined over the last fifty years — the English — and comes to some intriguing conclusions. Sir Tom Devine concentrates on the response of the Scots to their new next door neighbours in a lecture based on his co-edited book New Scots: Scotland's Immigrant Communities Since 1945.


Frederick Douglass: Abolitionist

Celeste-Marie Bernier and Andrew Taylor

Monday 20th Aug, Baillie Gifford Corner Theatre

Together, the University of Edinburgh's Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of Black Studies and Andrew Taylor, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, have researched the history of Frederick Douglass who escaped from slavery aged 20 and became a symbol of social justice, reform and freedom to millions. Featuring previously unseen letters, essays and photographs from the vast African American Art collection of Walter O Evans, the resulting book If I Survive shows another side to Douglass, that of a family man and proud father of five children. Walter O Evans began his collection from a desire to advance the appreciation and knowledge of the rich heritage created by American artists of African descent; today he joins Bernier and Taylor to tell the story of an extraordinary man. Chaired by Rosemary Burnett.