Off the Shelf sees University Ideas Alive at 5:45 

Defending Politics by Prof Matthew FlindersThe University of Sheffield is holding its first series of Off the Shelf events this month (12 October – 5 November 2013) aiming to bring academic research to life.

The University has long been a sponsor of Sheffield’s annual Off the Shelf Festival of Writing and Reading, and this year sees its first programme of events for the festival, with ‘Ideas Alive at 5:45’ and five talks from some of the University’s best-loved public speakers.

Ideas Alive at 5:45 sees ten free talks over ten days starting at 5:45pm at the Showroom Café. Each one features an academic with a new publication looking to introduce the public to new ideas and cutting edge research. From freedom of expression in the media to sectarianism and football rivalry in Scotland, from a Holocaust journal to the life and times of My Fair Lady – Ideas Alive at 5:45 is a whistle-stop tour of the breadth of exciting research taking place at the University of Sheffield.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Dr Katie Edwards, Professor Tony Ryan, Dr Catherine Fletcher and Professor Matt Flinders will be hosting talks on their new publications as part of Off the Shelf’s main programme. Between them they cover the bible in contemporary advertising, the history of Blackpool Illuminations, the untold story of Henry VIII’s divorce and defending politics in an age of public distrust.

The Public Engagement with Research Team at the University of Sheffield and the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, has teamed up for the first time to bring the series to the public and student audience of Sheffield. Greg Oldfield from the Public Engagement Team said: "We are delighted to be supporting Off the Shelf festival. We have seen the literature festival grow and now are pleased to be able to bring talks from some of our leading academics, about their research and their publications. We hope that people will come along and hear about the exciting research we are undertaking at the University of Sheffield and gain a greater insight into the research that we do."

Lesley Webster, Director of Off the Shelf, said: “Off the Shelf is delighted to welcome the University of Sheffield Public Engagement with Research Team as a Silver Sponsor of the festival.

“Working with the University of Sheffield Public Engagement with Research Team, Off the Shelf is able to offer a fantastic series of talks. Academics will share ideas, new research and fascinating subjects and every event is a chance to learn something new and be entertained by excellent speakers. Ideas Alive at 5.45 is a great way to start your evening. The timing of the events is designed to allow audiences to go on to Off the Shelf events later in the evening.”

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