GE2019-42
Book Club: In Love and War
Required Readings:
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
- World War One British Poets: Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, Rosenberg and Others

War and love are themes from which great epics spring – think of Helen of Troy (Iliad). Put them together in modern day language and you have one of the most moving novels on the human experience of World War I (Birdsong). But, while prose tells a good story, poetry best expresses the deepest feelings at the bottom of our hearts. A reading of the World War I British Poets cannot fail to be heart-rending. More still - great music – both classical and popular – has also been inspired by World War I, and you will encounter some of the best in both genres, plus brilliant documentaries on war and its consequences, on history, and in culture.
As always, we expect interactive participation by all members of the Book Club.

▍Host:
- Mr. Peter Lai 黎慶寧先生
  Adjunct Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU; the first ‘local’ Secretary for Security of the Hong Kong Government

Dates & Time:
- 15/2, 29/2, 7/3, 14/3, 21/3 & 28/3 (Sat), 15:00 - 18:00
- 21/3 (Sat), 15:00 - 21:00
Venue: GE Gatherland2001
Language: English
Fee: $180 (Enrolled students will receive paperback copies of the books. A deposit of $100 will be refunded upon full attendance.)
Quota: 10
Enrolment: Complete and submit the enrolment forms, together with the fee $180, at GE Gatherland, 2/F, Pao Siu Loong Building, HKU


Schedule:
Date Time Venue
07 Mar 2020 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland2001
14 Mar 2020 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland2001
21 Mar 2020 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland2001
28 Mar 2020 15:00 - 18:00 GE Gatherland2001
Bio of Instructor(s) 導師簡介:
Peter LaiMr. Peter Lai 黎慶寧先生
After graduating with first-class honours at HKU in 1973, Mr. Lai joined the Hong Kong Government as an Administrative Officer. From 1985 Mr. Lai was almost continuously engaged in Sino-British negotiations on the future arrangements for Hong Kong and was appointed a Member of the Sino-British Land Commission (1991 – 1994). In late 1994 he was appointed the first 'local' Secretary for Security of the Hong Kong Government. He left the civil service on 1 August 1998. Mr. Lai is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, HKU.