5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 11th Mar 2019
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Reshma Saujani is the daughter of immigrant parents and a Yale Law school graduate, landing in a top-5 law firm before quitting her job and becoming the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress in what was touted as a hotly-contested race where she was endorsed by the New York Observer and the Daily News and featured on the cover of the New York Times and the Washington Post. She then lost spectacularly, picked herself up and went on to found Girls Who Code, which aims to close the gender gap in technology. Reshma’s upcoming book Brave, Not Perfect, looks at the ways that boys and girls are raised and empowers women and girls to embrace imperfection and bravery.
Philippa Perry has been a psychotherapist for the past twenty years. A faculty member of The School of Life, she has presented several documentaries including The Truth about Children Who Lie for BBC Radio 4 and Being Bipolar for Channel 4. Most recently, Philippa featured in the highly popular dating show, Celebs Go Dating, where she used her expertise to give the celebrities such much needed love advice. She lives in London with her husband, the artist and campaigner Grayson Perry, and her cat Kevin. They have one grown up daughter, Flo.
Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. In 2008 he was appointed to the University’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. In 2009 The Royal Society awarded him the Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to the public, and in 2010 he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to science. He is the author of The Music of the Primes, Finding Moonshine and The Number Mysteries. He has presented numerous programmes on television and radio, including the internationally acclaimed BBC series The Story of Maths and the comedy maths show The School of Hard Sums with Dara Ó Briain. He lives in London with his wife and three children. His books include What We Cannot Know and his latest: The Creativity Code, where he examines the nature of creativity, as well as providing an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music.
Bart Van Es
Bart Van Es
Bart van Es was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Norway, Indonesia, and Dubai before moving permanently to the UK as a teenager and going on to study English at Cambridge. Since 1999 he has worked at the University of Oxford, where he is now Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. His academic books include Shakespeare in Company, which traces the influence of the playwright’s fellow actors on his writing style, and Shakespeare’s Comedies: a Very Short Introduction. In 2014 he began to look into his family’s wartime history, knowing that his grandparents had been part of the Dutch resistance. This work has resulted in a factual novel, The Cut Out Girl: a Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, which was published by Fig Tree in 2018 with translations in French, German, Italian, Danish, and Dutch.
Josh Cohen is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and Professor of Modern Literary Theory at Goldsmiths University of London. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern literature, psychoanalysis and cultural theory. His books include How to Read Freud and The Private Life. He has written for Guardian, New Statesman and TLS and appeared on BBC Radio 4. He lives in London.