Friends of Aberdeen University Library talk to take place this week

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The Sir Duncan Rice Library will host a fascinating talk soon on the life a near forgotten war correspondent.

‘The Incomparable Archibald’. Archibald Forbes, War Correspondent

24 September 2015, 18:00 – 19:00

Speaker will be Professor Hamish Fraser

An examination of the life of Archibald Forbes whom many regarded as the greatest war correspondent of the nineteenth century and who defined the role and became a model for the modern war correspondent.

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Despite the regard with which he was held during his lifetime, Forbes has been largely forgotten except perhaps in the History Department’s Forbes medal.  Covering all the significant wars from the Franco-German war of 1870 to the Zulu War of 1879 he was the first to make extensive use of the telegraph to get his reports into the press ahead of his rivals.  His on-the spot descriptions of battles still have a vivacity that few could match.

At the same time, he never hesitated to criticise the tactics of the military authorities and to defend the role of the war correspondent in exposing the reality of war.  The result was a petulant refusal by the British to give him the kind of recognition that many European governments bestowed on him.

AUP have recently published Professor Fraser’s study of Forbes, The Wars of Archibald Forbes. The talk will look at aspects of his life and at the part he played in creating the image of the heroic correspondent.

Hosted by: The Friends of Aberdeen University Library and the Special Collections Centre

Venue: Special Collections Centre Seminar Room, The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3AA

Contact: Emma Fowlie – Honorary Secretary

Email – e.fowlie@abdn.ac.uk or call 01224 273385

 

The event is free to attend and open to all

 

Webpage: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/8172/

Library talk tomorrow: William Elphinstone and Scotland’s First Books

elphinstoneIf you are Interested in the history of books and the history of the University of Aberdeen you are in for a treat tomorrow evening. In conjunction with the Special Collections Centre’s current exhibition, Elphinstone: Renaissance in the North, there will be a talk tomorrow evening (26 February) by Professor Jane Stevenson, Regius Chair of Humanity, in the Seminar Room on the lower ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library.

The talk begins by asking ‘what is an early Scottish book’? After a brief look at the history of books in Scotland, Professor Stevenson will turn to a consideration of the first Scots to be involved with printing and publication, and the involvement of Bishop Elphinstone with Scotland’s first press. The talk will also look at Elphinstone as an author and a book-owner.

The hour-long talk will begin at 6pm tomorrow evening and there is no booking required. Further details available here.

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

Wolfram Mathematica Roadshow to take place across campus

Wolfram Mathematica is a piece of software designed for technical computing, across many disciplines, and the University has recently purchased it for the use of staff and students. And in support of this purchase a range of events are taking place across campus on Wednesday and Thursday this week, to give staff and students the opportunity to learn about the software.

General details on this visit can be found here: www.wolfram.com/events/mathematica-sessions-aberdeen-2014/

They will also be offering some basic training and also some specialised sessions for Biology & Medicine, Business & Finance, Physics, and Engineering.  Please register for these training sessions at:

www.wolfram.com/events/mathematica-sessions-aberdeen-2014/register.cgi?options=1

In addition to these bookable sessions there will also be an opportunity to speak with representatives from Wolfram in The Sir Duncan Rice Library. The event in TSDRL will be based on the ground floor. There is no need to book for the event in TSDRL, so please feel free to go and speak with them as you come and go from the library.

 

Ewan Grant, e.grant@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming Lecture: The Sobieski-Stuart Marriage & the Jacobite World

When: Saturday 10 December at 2pm
Where: Special Collections Centre (Lower Ground Floor) , University Library, University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, AB24 3AA
Presenter: Professor Robert  I. Frost, Chair in Early Modern History, School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Opening a series of exciting events in connection to the current exhibition at the University Library, Rebels with a Cause: The Jacobites & The Global Imagination, this lecture draws on materials from the University’s rich holdings of Jacobite material. Professor Robert Frost employs the collections to examine the marriage of James III, the Stuart claimant to the British throne, to Clementina Sobieska, granddaughter of King John III Sobieski of Poland.