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Don’t be Vague: go to the Hague

By Adam Roberts | February 2, 2011
Categories: Events and Appearances

So, what are you doing this weekend? Me, I delivering the New Year's Lecture at the Universiteit Leiden, Campus Den Haag (Friday 5th February, starting at 7pm) at the invitation of the LUC Brill Nijhoff Writing Institute. Here's a (PDF) document detailing this interesting and diverting occasion; I believe it's not too late to register. If you happen to be in the vicinity of the Hague that Friday evening, it would be lovely to see you. I shall talk about democracy, about giants, about headlessness, about ignorance, and if I have time I shall cover the meaning of life and the optimum strategy for eternal happiness. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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Afterwards: as recorded on twitter -- I delivered a lecture on democracy/ignorance/internet and New Model Army to a very lively, intelligent audience of mostly University of Leiden/Den Haag social policy/international law undergraduates. It went extremely well: the students had all read the novel, and the questions and after-lecture discussion was intelligent and informed and really stimulating. All were fluent in English (their classes are all given in English). This in turn made me wonder: when the UK brings in £9,000 annual fees, come September, won't all the best students simply go to the Continent? Much cheaper, and just as good.

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3 Responses to “Don’t be Vague: go to the Hague”

  1. Lynne Says:
    February 8th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Adam - yes you're right. We are going to be educating only those people who can afford it. University education will become available only to a few and those who don't mind being in debt for years afterwards. If I had had to pay for my tuition fees I would never have got my degree. It seems to me that we are going to be excluding a lot of people from now on. It was bad enough before with tuition fees at a lower level. Congrats on the lecture by the way!

  2. Danny Damen Says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Unfortunately I have personally missed that lecture as I had to work. Being let go early, I was able to join in on the after-lecture fun of drinks, beverages, and discussions.

    I fondly remember the discussion with Adam on the military sequences in the book and how I could relate to them, coming from a military background, and the criticism and doubts I had about the way an NMA operates. It was wonderful to discuss this, and more matters (like the relationship between the protagonist and his buddy) with the author himself, instead of having to keep it to the SciFi reading group we have in our faculty.

    It inspired me, and hopefully I will finally be able to finish writing a short story or novella at some point.

  3. Adam Roberts Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Good luck with your writing, Danny.

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