During this academic year, CMH Directors Corinne Saunders and Jane Macnaughton are co-ordinating The Recovery of Beauty Lecture Series, a series of events funded by the University’s Institute of Advanced Study. This project aims to uncover and rediscover the meanings and manifestations of beauty, exploring ways of moving beyond a sense of beauty as constructed; to explore how tensions frame and energise our experience of beauty; and to reflect on whether beauty can have a reparative or healing agency that underpins human flourishing. We are delighted to welcome as IAS ‘beauty’ fellows, Professor Sander Gilman, Professor Elizabeth Archibald and Professor Kathleen Jamie.
The CMH has particular responsibility for an international lecture series entitled ‘The Recovery of Beauty’, and an exhibition, ‘About Face’, to be held at the Durham Light Infantry Museum Art Gallery from 5th May – 24th June 2012. The exhibition will feature an evening of readings by Pat Barker from her new novel on the artist Henry Tonks, whose work will be on display.