Bob Dylan, 1960s Culture, Civil Rights and more: Professor John Hughes interviewed.

In this short video Professor John Hughes talks to Dr Dave Webster about Bob Dylan’s place in the culture of 1960s America. 

In it we talk about the song The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol (see, as well as the  1963 ‘I have a dream’ speech of Martin Luther King Jr (an event Bob Dylan performed at). We also look at Bob Dylan’s lack of open comment about the Vietnam war (there is an articvle about this HERE).

This video might well suit those studying the place of Bob in 60s US culture and history..

Mega-Events, Sport, The Football World Cup, The Olympics and ethics…

In this video Dr Dave Webster interviews Dr Malcolm MacLean about Mega-Events, Sport, the Football World Cup, the Olympics and ethics…  We talk about  the utilitarian decision-making process, the Play Fair organisation, the Qatar World Cup, Brazil, allotments in London and much more:

Play Fair describe themselves at

Play Fair is a global campaign coordinated by international trade union federations and NGOs; namely the International Trades Union Federation (ITUC), the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF), the Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). The campaign calls on those who organize and profit from sports events to take specific steps to ensure that workers making sporting goods and building venues are not exploited, and that international labour standards are respected in the workplace as well as in the stadium.

Professor Gordon McConville – the Old Testament

Professor McConville, who part of the Theology & Religious Studies staff here at Gloucestershire, and Professor of Old Testament Theology, talks about why the Old Testament deserves our attention – and explores the notion of human flourishing:

In the course of the conversation we touch on ethics, theology, spirituality, aesthetics, and going to the pub…


See more about Theology & Religious Studies at Gloucestershire HERE.

Interview with Alom Shaha..

While Alom Shaha, the author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook was in town to speak at the Cheltenham Science FestivalYAH-Cover, I managed to record a short audio interview just before he went off to speak.

I asked him about the book, and also about the British Humanist Association sending his book to UK secondary schools (See more HERE).

The book description gives a sense of the content:

Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. Shaha was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate. As a teen, he lived between two worlds: the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy, and science, Shaha explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder. Through a series of loose lessons , he tells his own compelling story, drawing on the theories of some of history s greatest thinkers and interrogating the fallacies that have impeded humanity for centuries. Shaha recounts how his education and formative experiences led him to question how to live without being tied to what his parents, priests, or teachers told him to believe, and offers insights so that others may do the same. This is a book for anyone who thinks about what they should believe and how they should live. It s for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Shaha shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and meaningful life without God.

2014 Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Essay Competition..

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 17.26.28Looking for info about our 2014 Essay competition?

If you’ve wound up here looking for the 2014 Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Essay Competition details: you need to hop over to our course blog page at – where you’ll find deadline info, essay titles,  and of course the prize..

Info about the actual RPE course map itself – the modules that actually make up our Undergraduate degree is HERE, if you’re interested!

Of course the RPE blog at has links to our Flickr site, other courses, info about the staff, and loads more…