‘Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner table of life’
- A .C. Grayling
We were delighted to welcome the erudite Professor A. C. Grayling CBE to The Abbey this Tuesday for our second Aspire Networking Dinner. Focussing this time on the Humanities, the evening saw over 40 of our sixth-formers have the opportunity to network with 7 alumnae hosts, as well as Professor Grayling, and discuss the varied and exciting opportunities within this academic discipline.
The evening began with drinks and canapés in the Hardcastle Hall and a chance for our girls to practise their networking skills, before moving to the Richards Hall for a delicious three course meal. With each alumna hosting a table, the girls were able to talk in depth about their choices for the future and gain some invaluable advice from our former girls.
Once dessert plates were cleared, the hall was addressed by our guest speaker A. C. Grayling who gave a captivating discussion on the value of the Humanities and the ways in which they are imperative to our society. Throughout the talk Professor Grayling positioned them as supplying a framework for our existence - in turn providing a context for the present and an example for the future. Drawing upon the wisdom of past greats, from Socrates to Descartes, Grayling urged us that it is through giving thought to the complexities of our existence and what makes us human that we are able to lead a full and complete life.
Professor Grayling then opened to floor to questions, prompting some thought provoking and in-depth debates on a wide range of subjects - from faith to the constructed nature of time and place. There was then time for some final networking and discussions over coffee in the Hardcastle Hall before carriages arrived and it was time to return home. It was certainly a valuable and engaging evening for all, guests leaving mindful of the sentiment that the meaning of your life is what you make it.
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