Generosity of spirit: how relevant is it today?

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OLS 17-18: Generosity of Spirit

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


John Henry Brookes Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Dame Katherine Grainger will deliver her 2018 Chancellor’s lecture on ‘generosity of spirit’ – one of Oxford Brookes’ guiding principles.


In a fast changing world that seems to operate at lightning quick speeds, how much time is left for moments of generosity, compassion or thoughtfulness? It is arguable that we have never been as connected as we are now. Through incredible technological advances it is simple and cheap to be in direct visual contact with people on the other side of the world, to speak to numerous people at once, to have instant translation capabilities. Yet, ironically, there is a sense that we are living in a time of real disconnect. Headlines proclaim that nations are divided, neighbours are mistrustful, languages cause separation and cultures clash.


Perhaps generosity of spirit has never been more relevant and more needed and, arguably, examples of selfless support for others are all the more powerful for that reason. Join Katherine for a look at the generosity of the human spirit through examples from history, literature, sport and other areas.