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February Forum

16th February 2023 @ 6:15 pm 7:15 pm

Was knowledge power? Reflections on exhibiting a history of adult education

This is the poster for the Exhibition Knowledge is Power. The is image is a man reading a book in an armchair with a radio close by. The exhibition details are that it is at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham, and runs from 27 October until 12 March 2023.
Poster for the Exhibition ‘Knowledge is Power’

About the February Forum

Presented by Professor John Holford

Professor John Holford will be talking about the exhibition ‘Knowledge is Power: Class, Community and Adult Education’ which is running until 12 March at the Weston Gallery, Lakeside Arts, Nottingham. The exhibition looks at the history of adult education at Nottingham University.

Nottingham University College (which became Nottingham University in 1948) opened its adult education department in 1920 – the first adult education department in Britain. Like Vaughan College, Nottingham’s adult education department had a substantial impact on its region working with unions, employers, local councils and voluntary organisations. It also had a role in the development of various well-known local societies. John will be talking about the importance of this sister organisation to Vaughan College and consider the extent to which knowledge was (and still is?) power.

You can see an introductory video on the exhibition by John on the exhibition webpage which also has further information and sources on Nottingham’s adult education department.

About the Presenter

Professor John Holford has held the Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education since 2007. His main research area has been the role of lifelong education in the formation of citizens, communities and social movements. John is also the Co-ordinator of the Horizon 2020 research project, ENLIVEN (Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive & Vibrant Europe: 2016-2019). He has been a partner in several previous EU research projects. You can read more about him on his university webpage.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is a series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues

How to register for this event

This is an online event taking place via Zoom Conferencing. Register below to receive your link details. The link will be sent to you closer to the event.

February Forum

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