Once again this past week we’ve been busy scanning across the internet to find the latest information and Open University courses. This week we have werewolves, volcanoes and the sharing economy. Remember, if there’s a free course or bit of news on the agenda then hopefully we will pick it up and stick it on the next Open University news.
The world of academics is getting somewhat toothier at one British university, which is set to host the UK’s only werewolf conference. As part of its Open Graves, Open Minds series, the University of Hertfordshire’s event hopes to draw some of the UK’s sharpest minds to cast light on some of literature’s sharpest teeth. The ground-breaking three-day event ‘will turn its attention to creatures not strictly undead but which haunt the peripheries of the vampire – werewolves and shapeshifters’, according to the university.
Open Minds: Studying the Impact of Volcanoes. Open University academics explore whether we are now equipped to spot the signs of another major volcanic eruption anywhere in the world.
Why the sharing economy needs a dramatic revolution. The rapidly growing influence of Silicon Valley owners over sharing economy platforms is a troubling development. The growing strength and pervasiveness of these platforms means their owners have significant power to impose their visions of what it means to be a citizen or worker in cities across the globe.
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