“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” ― John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
Prof. Kasia Boddy
Kasia Boddy is a Professor of American Literature at the University of Cambridge, and the author of several books on literary and cultural history.
Having written extensively on short stories, Kasia is now completing a book about the history and idea of the Great American Novel.
Another strand of Kasia's research explores the imaginative resources offered by objects and activities such as sport, razor blades and plants; the kinds of things which are ubiquitous to the point of saturation in modern life, but which for the most part enter only obliquely into literature. Among her many other publications, she is the author of Boxing: A Cultural History and Blooming Flowers: A Seasonal History of Plants and People, both of which explore how these themes have been treated by writers and artists and in the common imagination.Read more
Dr. James Fox
James Fox is a Cambridge art historian, writer, public speaker, curator and award-winning, BAFTA-nominated, broadcaster.
James fell in love with art at the age of six and hasn't looked back since. The first person in his family to go to university, he graduated with a starred first in History of Art at the University of Cambridge in 2004.
After completing an MPhil and PhD in the subject, as well as stints at Harvard and Yale, James took up a Fellowship in Cambridge in 2011. He specialises in modern art, British art, and the cultural history of colour.
He is currently Director of Studies in History of Art at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Director of Education at the Jeffrey Rubinoff Sculpture Park in Canada, and President of the Friends of the Stanley Spencer Gallery.
Convinced of art's huge social importance, James works with museums, schools, charities and the media to engage broader audiences in this most life-enhancing of subjects.Read more
Prof. Richard Buggs
Richard Buggs is currently Senior Research Leader (Plant Health & Adaptation) at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Professor of Evolutionary Genomics at Queen Mary, University of London.
He is an evolutionary biologist and his research group analyses DNA sequences to understand how plants evolve in nature. His group designs strategies to accelerate plant evolution in response to climate change and new pests and pathogens. Richard has published on a variety of evolutionary processes including: natural selection, speciation, hybridisation and whole genome duplication. His largest research programme is on the genetic basis of ash tree resistance to ash dieback and the emerald ash borer.
The birch species Betula buggsii is named after him.Read more
Dr. James Fox
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