Thursday, 16 February 2012
Was Maximilien Robespierre (1758-94) a great revolutionary martyr or the world’s first murderous dictator? Australian author, historian and professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne Peter McPhee provides new insights into the man in his new biography Robespierre: A Revolutionary Life (published by Yale last month). Here he discusses Robespierre's life, upbringing, downfall and his immense and controversial role during the bloody French Revolution.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Beginning on Thursday 16 February 16 2012, art lovers around the world will be able to experience Lonardo da Vinci's beautiful works, thanks to a satellite-delivered HD presentation of the National Gallery's once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (accompanied by the best-selling exhibition catalogue of the same name). Watch the preview video for this exciting event...
Friday, 10 February 2012
Terry Eagleton is a British literary theorist and is regarded as one of Britain's most influential living literary critics. His books, which include On Evil, Why Marx Was Right, and the forthcoming The Event of Literature, are breathtakingly candid and refreshingly witty. Here he discusses his Irish Catholic upbringing, his views on religion, his academic training and his writing.