Earlscliffe hosts first Dukes Renaissance Scholars' Symposium

On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November, Earlscliffe hosted the first Dukes Renaissance Scholars’ Symposium. Earlscliffe’s four Dukes Renaissance Scholars were joined by four scholars each from the three other colleges in the Dukes Education group: Cardiff Sixth Form College, the Fine Arts College (Hampstead) and Rochester Independent College. This Symposium focused on the idea of the renaissance person and an all-round education. On the programme were three guest lectures, a student debate, attendance at a public lecture by writer and broadcaster Gavin Esler, a ‘ten-mile lunch’ featuring produce originating no more than ten miles from Earlscliffe and much convivial conversation. The Friday evening programme ended with a meal in a pizza restaurant in the heart of Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. Earlscliffe has championed the idea of an all-round education since its foundation: this Renaissance Scholars’ Symposium aims to foster the kind of intellectual adventurousness which will enable students to cultivate a broad and humane general knowledge as a context for their academic specialisms.

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