UCL News podcast: Bletchley Park, Flaxman Galleries and Captain America
23 November 2012
The UCL News podcast gives you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight.
In the news
section this week we are joined by a very special guest, Dr Sue Black (UCL
Computer Science), who campaigned from 2008 to 2011 to save Bletchley Park
and was instrumental in the campaign to secure the Turing papers for the
nation. We also showcase the opening of exciting new exhibition space at UCL, the Octagon
and Flaxman galleries. Lastly, George catches up with Dr Jason Dittmer (UCL
Geography) to talk about his new book about nationalist superheroes and their
relationship to geopolitics.
Part 1 - News
We're very lucky to have twitter celebrity Dr Sue Black with us this week, speaking about her campaign to save Bletchley Park, and her work to promote equality for women in the technology industry. Dr Black is currently crowd funding the publication of a new book about the Bletchley Pr campaign and she joins us in the podcast to tell us more. There's also news of the London for Free film competition we're running in collaboration with Raindance Film, and we also discuss new research which suggests that happy teenagers earn more as adults.
Part 2 - Flaxman and Octagon Galleries
refurbished Flaxman gallery and brand new Octagon gallery open this week. The
space has undergone a radical transformation with new cases, animations and
interactive screens to displayed items from UCL's collection that have never
been displayed before. We catch up with Sally MacDonald and Nina Pearlman (UCL
Museums & Public Engagement) to find out more.
Part 3 - Captain America and the nationalist superhero
And to round of this week's podcast George interviews Dr Jason Dittmer from UCL Geography about nationalist superheros like Captain America, and how the narratives, metaphors and geopolitics have changed since its introduction 70 years ago. Jason's new book about the subject is published this week - not to be missed!