Emma Watson Hides “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Paris

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 22 June 2017 >

Emma Watson has already hidden feminist books for people to find in New York and London. On June 21 and 22, she distributed 100 copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in Paris. Atwood’s dystopian novel is a feminist classic, and has recently been adapted for a very popular streaming TV series in the U.S. … Continue reading “Emma Watson Hides “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Paris”

What is the Queen’s Speech?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 21 June 2017 > In the News

The Queen’s Speech is shorthand for the UK’s State Opening of Parliament, which takes place annually at the beginning of each parliamentary session. Traditionally that is in May, but it also happens after a general election. The monarch reads out a speech to the assembled Houses of Lords and Commons detailing the government’s programme of … Continue reading “What is the Queen’s Speech?”

World Refugee Day

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 June 2017 > Celebrate

20 June each year is United Nations World Refugee Day. In the UK, it is included in Refugee Week, 19-25 June. The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, just released new figures showing that 2016 was yet another record year for refugees. The UNHCR’s Global Trends Report announces that 65.6 million people were displaced in 2016, … Continue reading “World Refugee Day”

Personalised Support in a Class Context

Posted by Speakeasy News > > Pedagogy

Le « soutien » a longtemps été considéré comme LE moyen de lutter contre l’échec scolaire, généralement proposé aux élèves qui rencontrent de grosses difficultés, en les prenant à part. Il est clair aujourd’hui qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une forme de différenciation de l’enseignement, d’autant que le plus souvent le « soutien » part d’un constat de lacunes et … Continue reading “Personalised Support in a Class Context”

Churchill Hesitates

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 01 June 2017 > What's On

Churchill is a portrait of the wartime British Prime Minister, not as a one-dimensional heroic leader but as a far more human, and in some ways more likeable, character with all the frailties and contradictions that implies. Every country needs its national myths and in the wake of WW2, Britain constructed one where British people … Continue reading “Churchill Hesitates”

Did Britain Just Have A Youth Quake?

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 16 June 2017 > In the News

Ever since the surprise result of the June 8 General Election, figures have been flying round traditional and social media claiming that the swing away from the Conservatives to Labour was caused by young voters “taking their revenge” for the Brexit referendum. It’s a good story. But is it true? After the Brexit referendum, there … Continue reading “Did Britain Just Have A Youth Quake?”

Lucky Stars: NASA’s New Astronaut Class

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 20 June 2017 > In the News

NASA received a record 18,300 applications to join its 2017 astronaut candidate class. The agency has just announced the 12 lucky people chosen for two years training to potentially become astronauts. And as NASA continues to open more opportunities to women, five of the new recruits are female. The 12 new astronaut candidates will undergo … Continue reading “Lucky Stars: NASA’s New Astronaut Class”

Juneteenth

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 15 June 2017 > Celebrate

June 19 is marked in Texas and 41 other states as the commemoration of the end of slavery. Another “independence day” that grew spontaneously out of an accidental date, and flourished thanks to former slaves.  On June 19, 1865, news of the end of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation finally reached Texas, … Continue reading “Juneteenth”