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19th March 2015

The Chindits 1942-45: Taking the Fight to the Japanese

Speaker: Dylan D'Arch

Summary: the brainchild of Orde Wingate, the Chindits were a special force raised from the regular army. Using unconventional methods the Chindits penetrated deep into the jungles of Burma, operating deep behind enemy lines with the aim of disrupting enemy lines of communication, collecting intelligence, attacking enemy bases and diverting enemy troops from other tasks. The talk discusses the Chindits from formation to disbandment with special focus on Operations Longcloth (1943), Thursday (1944) and the debate on their contribution to war in Burma.

This year a new brigade, Brigade 77, is being formed. The 77th Brigade were the original Chindits who took part in Operation Longcloth. Using modern day unconventional tactics of combatting terrorism via Facebook and Twitter, Brigade 77 have been named the Chindits in honour of the original force. They will also adopt a similar insignia.

16th April 2015

To Hell With Culture

Introduction by Michael Paraskos

Summary: To Hell with Culture, a recent film (2014) takes its provocative title from an essay by its subject, Herbert Read. Read - poet, art critic, co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and self-professed anarchist - was arguing in 1943 against the capitalist co-option and commodification of culture, and the increasing separation of art and society. Huw Wahl, the film's director, hopes to bring this central idea back into public debate, along with various other convictions which emerge from Read's extraordinary and varied body of work.

21st May 2015

Crossing the Bridge: The Strange and Fascinating Evolution of Right-Wing America from Selma to the Tea Party

Speaker: Andrew R. Wines

Summary: This talk explores how the attempt to forge a national Civil Rights movement in the wake of the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act inadvertently provoked the rise of a national conservative coalition that over time has become increasingly right-wing and that dominates US electoral politics to this day. Particular attention will be given to how the social and cultural ferment of the 60s and 70s and conflicts over religion, race, sex and violence paved the way for the entrenched political divisions that continue to beset the United States. The careers and contributions of colourful characters and groups such as Lyndon Johnson, Strom Thurmond, Students for a Democratic Society, Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert Kennedy, Abbie Hoffman, George Wallace, Richard Nixon, Jesse Jackson, Richard Daley, the Black Panthers, Billy Graham, Jesse Helms, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and George W. Bush will be highlighted. Parallels will be drawn with similar debates, developments and emerging political strategies in the UK concerning the role of the EU, immigration and the rise of UKIP.