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Episode 3: Aliki Varvogli, ‘Walden’ by Thoreau

Episode 3: Aliki Varvogli, ‘Walden’ by Thoreau

Update: 2020-06-12


In this podcast you will have the opportunity to learn out about the books and ideas that have inspired and influenced the many different and wonderful people that we have here on campus.  

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In this Episode 

In this episode Dr Aliki Varvogli, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching at the School of Humanities, discusses some of the key ideas and themes from the book ‘Walden’ by Henry David Thoreau.  


Find Out More:  

  • You can find out more about Aliki, including her research interests here 
  • Follow Aliki on Twitter @ alikivarvogli 
  • Aliki’s book on Paul Auster contains a chapter on Thoreau and is available here 
  • Find out more about Walden Pond here and see it here 


From the Episode:  

  • ‘Super Better’ by Jane McGonigal, listen to Jane’s TEDTalk here 
  • Learn more about ‘post-traumatic growth’ here and here  
  • Bronnie Ware ‘Regrets of the Dying’ here 
  • Learn more about the monopoly study and privilege here  
  • “…brilliance comes from thinking.” Josh Waitzkin.  Listen to interview here

The University of Dundee 

  • Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 recognised us as the University of the Year for Student Experience.   
  • The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings placed us 20th in the world. 
  • 2019 National Student Survey ranked us as 4th in the UK for overall satisfaction 
  • Received the Gold award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 
  • The Wall Street Journal and Lonely Planet listed Dundee as one of their top ten `places to visit in 2018’, and GQ called us `Scotland’s coolest city’! 



Music courtesy of Jospeh McDade  
Track Title: On the Verge  

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Episode 3: Aliki Varvogli, ‘Walden’ by Thoreau

Episode 3: Aliki Varvogli, ‘Walden’ by Thoreau

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