WITHIN the last generation or so, anthropology-the study of man's ' culture,' that is, his language, customs, religion and social organization, at various stages of development-has not merely attained the dignity of a science, but invaded many other fields. The historian, the sociologist and the political theorist, for instance, find themselves continually challenged by the anthropologist to revise their ideas in view of his work. In these talks Mr. Driberg will outline the elements of the subject, and today ho will show what we can learn about our own pro-history by studying the primitive peoples existing today-a study which, in a long residence in Central Africa, he has been able to pursue at first hand.
QUITE recently Jane Austen has become a fashion amongst the ' intellectuals,' but amongst the humbler readers of the village libraries she never went out of fashion at all. ' Emma,' tho book of which Miss Ann Spice will talk this afternoon, was the last novel published during her lifetime ; it is one of her most delicate and finished works and it has remained a popular classic ever since its appearance in 1816.
MEALS in the train ! What hosts of memories are conjured up by the title of Miss Holtby's talk! Breakfasts and lunches and teas and dinners in long, crowded restaurant-cars, down whoso narrow gangways acrobatic waiters conjure trays of uneatable food ; coffee slopping over into thick saucers as the train goes over points ; dinners eaten as the spires of Oxford or the towers of Pisa glide past the windows; strange acquaintances-bagmen. Fascists, bookies, monks-met across the narrow tables; any traveller will find that these are only the beginnings of his memories. Many more will have revived before Miss Holtby finishes her talk.
THE story of 'Europe throughout the Ages' is ' now coming recognizably into touch with our own time. In the first part of the series Mr. Norman Baynes described the birth of Western civilization in Greece and Rome; in the second Mies Eileen Power carried the story on through the chaos that succeeded Rome to the decline of mediaeval Christendom, and now Mr. Somervell opens the third part with an account of the Renaissance that vast and composite movement of the human mind which produced Botticelli and Machiavelli, Savonarola and the Medici, the palace of tho Louvre and St. Peter's in Rome ; loft Europe radically severed from the Middle Ages, and (however hard it may be to see the connection) ushered in the civilization of today.
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