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at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



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The Fall 2015 Student Research Conference

Last Thursday evening, members of the BISC student community participated in our End of Term Research Conference, sharing their work with their peers, staff, and faculty.  In the first panel we had papers from Maddison Andrews (Art History), Elyse Loewen (English), Claire Hinton-Albert (Music), and Katherine Gall (Development Studies / Art) on topics as diverse as the multiple interpretations of Botticelli’s Primavera, the poetry of Stevie Smith, Shostakovich’s Second Waltz, and the work of El Anatsui.

Explore Newsletter - December 9 Edition

End of Term is upon us. Explore would like to wish all our students best of luck in their exams, and if you are leaving us straight after, a very Merry Christmas! Don’t forget to pick up your photos from the end of term celebration in the Dining Hall, and this issue also has details of how to order your BISC Yearbook. This week’s staff profile is a 3 for 1, and features the ladies of the Bader Hall Reception Team.

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Explore Newsletter - December 2 Edition

We have a packed schedule of events at The Castle this December! Besides our great mix of Christmas-themed events, be sure not to miss our End of Term Conference on December 3rd, which showcases student research here at the BISC. Standing up and presenting in front of your peers is never easy, so please come along and show your support at 6:30pm in the Conference Room. On Friday, we have our End of Term Celebration, so it's time to dig out your dancing shoes people! This week’s staff profile features Meg Chalmers, our Assistant Student Enrolment Manager.

Explore Newsletter - November 25 Edition

Don’t miss the notice about our ‘Twelve Days of Holiday Cheer’ to discover all that is going on at The Castle this December. There’s also a special reminder to dress smartly for the End of Term Photo on Thursday December 4th. Most importantly of all, we're giving you plenty of notice to get your skit ready for the 'Talentless Show' in the Headless Drummer this December 15th! And this week’s staff profile features Carley Webb from the Student Life Team.

Explore Newsletter - November 18 Edition

This week we have a bumper edition of the newsletter and lots of deadlines coming up, so please read right through to the end and share with your friends! With the International Trans Day of Remembrance this Friday 20th, we have decided to build a memorial wall out of paper bricks by the bulletin board outside the dining hall. This will honour people who have died this year because of anti-transgender violence. Everyone is invited to drop by anytime during the day to put a brick up and bear witness to the wall.

Upcoming Event: Musical Showcase - 22nd November


Sunday 22nd November, 7:30 - 8:30pm, in the Ballroom.

Join us in the Ballroom for musical performances from some of the BISC’s most talented students, and enchanting songs courtesy of the Ladies' Chamber Choir. This event is free to attend, but there will be a retiring collection afterwards to help raise funds for the Choir’s trip to Oxford next term. Your support is very much appreciated!

Upcoming Guest Speakers: Dr. Adam Slavny


Friday 27th November, 5 - 6pm, in the Conference Room

"What Makes People Morally Equal?"

The belief that persons are in some sense morally equal is fundamental to much of our Political and legal culture and is endorsed by a wide range of philosophers. Despite this, there is deep disagreement about what it is that makes people equal. Investigating the basis of equality, then, has become one of the most pressing problems in contemporary normative philosophy.

Explore Newsletter - November 11 Edition

This week is Mental Wellness Week at the castle. Check this week’s issue for times and places for our sessions that are aimed at promoting mental health and wellbeing. We are also promoting the live streaming event this Thursday entitled, “Surveillance after Snowden.” Join Edward Snowden for his keynote address live from Grant Hall, at 11pm in the Conference Room. And this week’s staff profile features Rachael Johnstone, our Politics and Gender Studies professor.

Explore Newsletter - November 4 Edition

It’s Harry Potter Day at the castle this Friday! (You honestly didn’t think you’d make it through an entire term of study at an English castle without someone mentioning Hogwarts did you!?) There’s a reminder to attend the BlackBerry talk on Monday 9th at 10am in The Ballroom with Sean Silcoff, and our staff profile features Jo Hoare, from the Finance Department.

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