Seminars triple bill: Ad agencies, Aztecs and internet search engines

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 27, 2010 03:30 PM |
If you’ve got a free afternoon next Wednesday (5 May) you could take in three seminars which demonstrate the breadth of ideas and interest at the University of Leicester.

The Head of UK Public Policy at Google, Sarah Hunter, kicks off the triple bill at 1.30pm with a presentation on ‘The internet and public policy’. Sarah was Senior Advisor on Culture Media and Sport in the policy unit at No.10 before moving to Google, and before that she worked in broadcasting. This seminar, organised by our Department of Media and Communication, takes place in Lecture Theatre 1 in the Ken Edwards Building.

Then you’ve got an hour for lunch. There are lots of places to eat on campus.

At 3.30pm, back in Ken Edwards LT1 again, there is a second Media and Communication seminar. Dr Sean Nixon, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex, will speak on ‘A challenge both alarming and alluring: Advertising agencies and the rise of TV advertising in post war Britain.’

Commercial television reached Britain in 1955 and Dr Nixon will explore how ad agencies who were used to working in print adapted to this completely different medium, as well as examining to what extent the UK advertisers took their cue from the USA. As a Governor of the History of Advertising Trust, Dr Nixon is well-laced to speal on such matters.

If Dr Nixon finishes on time, and your appetite for history has been whetted, you should have just enough time to nip up to the School of Historical Studies at 1 Salisbury Road (the ‘Marc Fitch Historical Institute) for the 4.30pm seminar, where our own Dr Caroline Dodds-Pennock (as seen on TV) will discuss ‘The Aztecs in the Atlantic World c.1492-1600’.

All these seminars are open to the public and free to attend.