Michael Rosen: Jelly Boots and Uncle Gobb, and a Bear Hunt @ Hay Festival
May 25 @ 11:30 am

Come and meet the one and only Michael Rosen and find out all about Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot and his other fabulous stories including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as we celebrate its 30th birthday. Jelly Boots is a riotous poetry celebration of words – silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot is the third uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure and sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot…

Suitable for ages 7+.
Martin Rees: On the Future: Prospects for Humanity @ Hay Festival
May 25 @ 8:30 pm

Advances in biotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, and artificial intelligence, if pursued and applied wisely, could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on earth, from climate change to nuclear war. At the same time, further advances in space science will allow humans to explore the solar system and beyond. But there is no ‘Plan B’ for Earth – no viable alternative within reach if we do not care for our home planet. Lord Rees is Astronomer Royal.

Marion Turner: Chaucer: A European Life @ Hay Festival
May 26 @ 2:30 pm

Turner’s spellbinding new biography explores the poetry and the adventurous, cosmopolitan world of the father of English literature. She documents a series of vivid episodes, moving from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence and the kingdom of Navarre, where 14th-century Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side. The narrative recounts Chaucer’s experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter’s nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.

Katrina van Grouw: Unnatural Selection @ Hay Festival
May 30 @ 11:30 am

In a unique fusion of art, science and history Katrina van Grouw celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and offers a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle – the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used, comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Matthias Doepke: How to Close the Parenting Gap @ Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House
May 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Across the world, rising economic inequality is influencing parenting choices, shaping the next generation and deepening social divisions. What can be done to narrow the parenting gap?.

Every parent wants their child to be happy and do well. But how they go about achieving this ambition varies enormously across time and place.

Economist Matthias Doepke is an expert in how economic forces shape parenting choices. He visits the RSA to share insights from his latest book, “Love, Money and Parenting” (co-authored with Fabrizio Zilibotti), which reveals how incentives and constraints—such as money, knowledge, and time – influence parenting practices, and what is considered good parenting in different countries.

In many societies, we are now witnessing a growing “parenting gap” in response to rising economic inequality, with rich families able to plough greater resources into their children’s social, cultural and educational development as the social mobility stakes grow higher.

At the RSA, Professor Doepke will show how investments in early childhood development and the design of education systems have a key role to play in efforts to narrow this gap, and achieve equality of opportunity for all.

Matthias Doepke, professor of economics, Northwestern University
Danielle Mason, Director of Research, Creative Learning and Development

IN CONVERSATION | Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon @ Museum of the African Diaspora
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about how an eighteenth-century engraving of a slave ship became a cultural icon of black resistance

About this Event

Join us for a conversation about how an eighteenth-century engraving of a slave ship became a cultural icon of black resistance, identity, and remembrance with Cheryl Finley, author of Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon, and artist Andrew Wilson, who employs the icon in his work which was previously on view at MoAD. The conversation will be moderated by UC Berkeley Professor Leigh Raiford.

One of the most iconic images of slavery is a schematic wood engraving depicting the human cargo hold of a slave ship. First published by British abolitionists in 1788, it exposed this widespread commercial practice for what it really was–shocking, immoral, barbaric, unimaginable. Printed as handbills and broadsides, the image Cheryl Finley has termed the “slave ship icon” was easily reproduced, and by the end of the eighteenth century it was circulating by the tens of thousands around the Atlantic rim. Committed to Memory provides the first in-depth look at how this artifact of the fight against slavery became an enduring symbol of black resistance, identity, and remembrance.

Finley traces how the slave ship icon became a powerful tool in the hands of British and American abolitionists, and how its radical potential was rediscovered in the twentieth century by black artists, activists, writers, filmmakers, and curators. Finley offers provocative new insights into the works of Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, and many others. She demonstrates how the icon was transformed into poetry, literature, visual art, sculpture, performance, and film—and became a medium through which diasporic Africans have reasserted their common identity and memorialized their ancestors.

Beautifully illustrated, Committed to Memory features works from around the world, taking readers from the United States and England to West Africa and the Caribbean. It shows how contemporary black artists and their allies have used this iconic eighteenth-century engraving to reflect on the trauma of slavery and come to terms with its legacy.

Cheryl Finley is associate professor of art history at Cornell University. She is the coauthor of Harlem: A Century in Images and the coeditor of Diaspora, Memory, Place: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z. She holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and History of Art from Yale University. With nearly 20 years of award winning research on historic and contemporary images of the transatlantic slave trade, her seminal study, Committed to Memory: the Art of the Slave Ship Icon, is now available from Princeton University. This monograph is the first in depth study of the most famous image associated with the memory of slavery, a schematic engraving of a packed slave ship hold, and the art, architecture, poetry and film it has inspired since its creation in Britain in 1788.

Andrew Wilson is a multimedia artist working in the intersections of the consumption of the Black body, ritual and funerary rights honoring the deceased, new interpretations of mythology and queerness. His work is at once beautiful with an attention to craftsmanship and repulsing in its graphic subject matter. He wants to create an extra moment of counfoundment for the viewer to contemplate their relationship to the work and the imagery and histories it evokes. He received his BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2013 with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals and his MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Wilson’s work has been in many galleries and institutions including: The Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SOMArts, and the Museum of the African Diaspora. He has received such awards and honors as: the Jack K. and Gertrude Murphy Award, and Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, the Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship and more. He has also shown with Carrie Mae Weems in The Spirit that Resides in Havana, Cuba alongside the Havana Biennial. His work has been collected by Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico.

Leigh Raiford is Associate Professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair of African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, where she also serves as affiliate faculty in the Program in American Studies, and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians Best Book Prize. She is co-editor with Heike Raphael-Hernandez of Migrating the Black Body: Visual Culture and the African Diaspora (University of Washington Press, 2017) and with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006).

Jonathan Bate: How the Classics Made Shakespeare @ Hay Festival
May 31 @ 11:30 am

Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having “small Latin and less Greek”. But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modelled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil and Seneca. Revealing in new depth the influence of Cicero and Horace on Shakespeare, Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems. The heart of the argument is that Shakespeare’s supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defence of poetry and theatre in a hostile world of emergent Puritanism. Bate is the author of Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare and is co-editor of The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works.

Christopher Phillips at 31st Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture @ National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
May 31 @ 9:10 am – 10:30 am
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by SUNY Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, examines the impact of baseball on American culture from interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives.
Concurrent Session 15: Bullpen Theater (9:10am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Charles DeMotte (State University of New York – Cortland)


Turning Players Into Numbers: Scouting as Scientific Practice
Christopher Phillips (Carnegie Mellon University)


Online registration is complete. On-site registration will be available starting Wednesday morning, May 29, at 9:30am. Registration will remain available throughout the event.

Please contact Jim Gates at if you have any immediate questions.

François-Xavier Fauvelle talks to Georgina Godwin: The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages @ Hay Festival
Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm

From the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th, Africa was at the centre of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which places like Mali, Ghana, Nubia and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilisations, and where African royals, thinkers and artists played celebrated roles in the globalised world of the Middle Ages.

David G. Blanchflower: (On the effects of under-employment on the rise of populism) So where have all the good jobs gone? @ Castello del Buonconsiglio
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

David G. Blanchflower
introduced by Luca De Biase

The unemployment figures hide dramatic statistics regarding underemployment, underpaid work and jobs of a few hours. Young people and the less educated are increasingly underemployed, while immigrants are erroneously blamed for this worsening in the quality of work. What can be done to change this situation?

Festival dell’Economia di Trento, 14th edition: Globalization, Nationalism and Representation

‘Why Nationalism’ with Yael (Yuli) Tamir @ Institute for Public Policy Research
Jun 3 @ 3:45 pm – 5:30 pm

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is delighted to host Yael (Yuli) Tamir to discuss her new book ‘Why Nationalism’. This will take place on Monday 3rd June, 16.00-17.30 at IPPR, 14 Buckingham Street, London WC2N 6DF.

Please arrive at 15:45 for a 16.00 start, latecomers may not be admitted. 

Around the world today, nationalism is back—and it’s often deeply troubling. Populist politicians exploit nationalism for authoritarian, chauvinistic, racist, and xenophobic purposes, reinforcing the view that it is fundamentally reactionary and antidemocratic. But Yael (Yuli) Tamir makes a passionate argument for a very different kind of nationalism—one that revives its participatory, creative, and egalitarian virtues, answers many of the problems caused by neoliberalism and hyperglobalism, and is essential to democracy at its best. Tamir explains why it is more important than ever for the Left to recognize these qualities of nationalism, to reclaim it from right-wing extremists, and to redirect its power to progressive ends.

Far from being an evil force, nationalism’s power lies in its ability to empower individuals and answer basic human needs. Using it to reproduce cross-class coalitions will ensure that all citizens share essential cultural, political, and economic goods. Shifting emphasis from the global to the national and putting one’s nation first is not a way of advocating national supremacy but of redistributing responsibilities and sharing benefits in a more democratic and just way. In making the case for a liberal and democratic nationalism, Tamir also provides a compelling original account of the ways in which neoliberalism and hyperglobalism have allowed today’s Right to co-opt nationalism for its own purposes.

Yael (Yuli) Tamir is president of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and adjunct professor at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. A founder of the Israeli peace movement, she is a former Labor Party member of the Knesset and formerly served as Israel’s minister of education and minister of immigration absorption. She is the author of Liberal Nationalism and a new book, Why Nationalism, both published by Princeton University Press. Tamir lives in Tel Aviv.

David G. Blanchflower: Where have all the good jobs gone? Why the job market is not as healthy as it seems. @ Centre for Progressive Policy
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Despite the lowest unemployment rate for 40 years in the UK – now at under 4% – standard economic measures are often blind to the underemployed. How do we assess what is happening behind the headline figures and what does it mean for economic inclusion? How can business help address this problem? What policies are needed to deal with the changing nature and quality of work?

David G. Blanchflower will present the findings of his most recent book, Not Working, on the economics of labour and well-being to explain why today’s post-recession economy is vastly different from what came before. In an attempt to break down the number of workers that are underemployed or have simply given up trying to find a well-paying job, he shows how wage growth has not returned to pre-recession levels and how general prosperity has not returned since the crash of 2008. Referred to as one of the most unacknowledged social catastrophes of our time, affecting the young and less skilled most severely, he sets out the link to the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment and right-wing populism .

The Centre for Progressive Policy will engage in conversation with key topics of Blanchflower’s publication that cross-over with CPP’s work strands, including skills and the role of business in society.

David G. Blanchflower is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the co-author of The Wage Curve.

Arrival time is 4:45

The event will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

We are kindly asking attendees to present their ticket at the entrance. Please note, latecomers may not be admitted.

David G. Blanchflower is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also the co-author of The Wage Curve and author of the forthcoming book Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

The Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP) is a think tank committed to making inclusive economic growth a reality. By working with national and local partners, our aim is to devise effective, pragmatic policy solutions to drive productivity and shared prosperity in the UK. The Centre is funded by Lord David Sainsbury, as part of his work on public policy.