So during the pandemic I had the chance to chat to some fantastic people who work to support young people’s mental health.
Here is Freddie and I having a chat about all things drugs, clubs and mental health.
We would like to invite you to participate in our new Virtual Summer Reading Group, with a focus on ‘utopian and dystopian worlds’ 😊
Our first reading is a short story by E.M Forster called The Machine Stops, first published in the Oxford and Cambridge Review, November 1909. Forster tells the tale of a mother (Vashti) and her son (Kuno) who live in small ‘isolated’ cells on a strange, possibly post-apocalyptic future Earth-world. Their needs – food, shelter, entertainment, even the artificial air they breathe – are provided by The Machine. The Machine is never fully explained, only hinted at. Kuno proves to have a rebellious spirit, venturing out to discover whether life (still) exists outside of The Machine. Will he survive, and what will he find out?
Interested? Try this!
ii) Think: You can use our “Things to think about” suggestions (below) as guidance when you read if you find them helpful. Otherwise ignore.
iii) Chat: Come along to our virtual meet up at 2 o’clock Thursday 16th July 2020 to hear us discuss the reading. You can add your own thoughts (via chat text or verbally) to the discussion. You can also participate in the SRG forum online: https://tinyurl.com/ybvtvcht
Things to think about
We chose this story as it has some uncanny links to our present situation, the Covid crisis 2020. Have a think about some of these questions:
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When: Every other Thursday at 2 o’clock starting on Thursday 16th July 2020
Where: https://tinyurl.com/yct7dfum (click on this link, then join us in the Webinar room)
By who: Us! Karenza and Tom will be running this group
For who: You! Any student is welcome
If you have any questions, please email Dr Karenza Moore