Queen Mary, University of London plays host to a quartet (dammit, one more and we could have called it a pentathlon) of Olympics themed lectures, starting tomorrow night:
9 February: 'Back to the Future; Flying Down to Rio via London and Ancient Olympia', Professor Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge. (A history of the games and comparison of ancient and modern games.)
23 February: 'The Politics of the London Olympic Games: 1908, 1948, 2012', Dr David Runciman, University of Cambridge
9 March: 'German Bodies and the Olympics of 1936', Professor Marion Kant, University of Pennsylvania.
20 April: 'The 1972 Munich Olympics; Overcoming the German Past', Professor Christopher Young, University of Cambridge
Tomorrow's lecture (9 Feb) takes place in the Mason Lecture Theatre, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End. Subsequent talks are at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People's Palace, Mile End. All lectures begin at 6.30pm and are free to attend.
Oh, wait, we can complete that pentathlon, albeit with a less than athletic fifth. On 4 March (6.30pm), Tudor historian David Starkey strides into the Mason Lecture Theatre to reveal The History We’ve Forgotten: Diplomacy and the Biography of Henry VIII. This one's also free, but you need to reserve a seat by emailing email@example.com.