LETTER: Joad anniversary

I am writing to ask if your readers may have a story, memory, anecdote,book or article on the South Downs Philosopher, ‘Professor’ CEM Joad (1891-1953).

On the Sunday after Easter, April 7 (Midday to 10pm), there will be an Exhibition of

Philosophy at Stedham Village Memorial Hall - to mark CEM Joad’s 60th Anniversary.

CEMJ deeply loved and treasured the South Downs, and played no small part in helping to establish National Parks in the post-war years. He lived within Stedham village in his final years, but also previously resided in other areas of the South Downs (eg South Stoke Farm near Arundel Castle - where his 50th Anniversary took place in 2003).

This Exhibition will be a celebration of his life as a radio

broadcasting personality who popularised philosophy for millions (BBC’s Wartime Brains Trust), and his work as a philosopher (Birkbeck London) will be critically re-examined.

All are welcome to this Exhibition of Philosophy, especially those within the local community, and students in West Sussex (& beyond) who

might want to study Philosophy as a University Degree. Such students, and others, will be asking the question : “Why Study Philosophy?”

I would be genuinely grateful for any contribution in making CEMJ’s 60th Anniversary a success on April 6.

Richard W Symonds, The Joad Society, Ifield. Email : richardsy5@aol.com