A one-day international conference at Anglia Ruskin University
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015
Venue: Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
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Anglia Ruskin University is proud of its long association with the renowned art critic, social theorist and Victorian sage John Ruskin.
Ruskin came to Cambridge to give the inaugural lecture at the Cambridge College of Art in 1858 and his interest in widening participation and in adult education throughout his long life (1819 - 1900) made him the obvious choice to be our 'patron' when the university that evolved from Cambridge College of Art was renamed in 2005. Our International Conference celebrates both the 150th anniversary of the publication of Ruskin's key work Sesame and Lilies and the 10th anniversary of our existence as Anglia Ruskin University. Ruskin's work is just as important today as in his own time. He was voted one of the top 'green campaigners of all time' by The Guardian in 2006; he was a powerful voice in promoting women's education, while believing passionately in the 'separate spheres'; he worked tirelessly to promote the education of the working classes; he was an artist, an influential art critic and the author of a brilliant example of Victorian life-writing,Praeterita.
Our conference focused on 'Ruskin the Educator', and featured the top names in Ruskin studies. Our plenary speakers were Professor Dinah Birch and Jan Marsh and there were short papers from, among others, Rachel Dickinson, Stuart Eagles, Keith Hanley, Farah Mendlesohn, Francis O'Gorman, Emma Sdegno, Marcus Waithe and Stephen Wildman. There was also a linked exhibition in the Ruskin Gallery, a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum to see Ruskin's exquisite watercolours and a specially commissioned play in the lunch hour.