Professor Jenny Mander (NC 1983) and psychologist Dr Terri Apter (NC 1969) will discuss challenges of education in the context of new technologies, culture wars and the pressure to revise and refine perspectives on history.

Topics will include the assumptions and aims of content alerts (trigger warnings), the pluses and minuses of the term ‘woke’ and the impacts of social media on young people. They will also explore the potential of new communication technologies for rethinking the boundaries of a ‘Cambridge’ education and the value of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches to addressing twenty-first century challenges. Looking at the role of social media, they’ll explore the potential for decolonizing by partnering with and connecting to ‘the global South’ and question our traditional notion of ‘centres of excellence’ in the context of global needs.

Dr TERRI APTER is a former Senior Tutor of Newnham, psychologist and writer. Her new book is The Teen Interpreter: A Guide to the Challenges and Joys of Raising Adolescents (2022). Her books on family dynamics, identity and relationships have received international acclaim, including Passing Judgment: Praise and Blame in Everyday Life (2018), Difficult Mothers: Understanding and Overcoming Their Power (2016) and What Do You Want from Me?: Learning to Get Along with In-Laws (2009). She has presented her research on children’s and teenagers’ motivation to the Sutton Trust and HM Treasury, and at the Oxford Literary Festival, the Edinburgh Literary Festival and the ICA.

PROFESSOR JENNY MANDER is a Fellow of Newnham, member of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, and Co-Director of the University Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement. Her research focuses on European commercial and colonial expansion in the long eighteenth century and the impact of new technologies of communication on social relationships and notions of place. Recent publications include a critical edition of Raynal’s Histoire philosophique et politique des deux Indes (2021) and Transnational Perspectives on the Conquest and Colonization of Latin America (2019).