We are often being told in the news that we are heading for a repeat of the 1930s Depression with all its accompanying misery. But in this summer course we will scrupulously avoid a Doomsday approach in favour of a unique Inscape examination of that period – one that will reveal a period of rare and thrilling creative synergy in the face of the challenge of worldwide economic calamity particularly in the USA. The New Deal, forged by Franklin Delano and his brilliant wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, tackled the complex social and economic problems of widespread unemployment that followed in the wake of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Working together with their team of talented advisors the Roosevelts a massive programme of public works to repair some of the damages- a programme ranging from the building of bridges to the painting of encouraging murals, from the planting of community rose gardens and erecting of outdoor theatres to the refreshing landscaping of public parks, and, the preservation of precious wilderness already under threat.

Eleanor Roosevelt herself was more than instrumental, she was pivotal to both its content and momentum. Few have matched ER’s passion for political, social, and economic justice. As First Lady, ER prodded her husband and his advisors to make the New Deal better serve women, children, and minorities. She travelled countless times across the country to bear witness to the suffering of so many, advocating for projects in areas where poverty had already taken a huge toll such as Appalachia, and worked closely with Civil Rights leaders throughout the South and beyond to bring equity to black Americans. She was much more than FDR’s “eyes and ears and legs”. She was at the core of his understanding and action on what was wanted and needed. It was her determination to make the New Deal alive to the best Judeo-Christian principles and values as well as to women, children, and ‘minorities’ that accounts for its enduring impact in all spheres of American life.

The course will run at 5pm UK time, with a choice of Tuesdays or Thursdays, beginning on Tuesday 19 July and running through to 31st August or beginning on Thursday 21st July and running through to 1st September. For details of sessions and dates please see below.

Booking Information:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

This online course via Zoom will be presented by Nicholas Friend, Founding Director of Inscape. It begins on Tuesday 19 July 2022 at 5 pm, repeating on Thursdays at 5 pm. It ends on Thursday 1 September 2022.

You may choose to attend all Tuesdays or all Thursdays, or any mixture of these, subject to availability. You may also choose to attend individual sessions. If you would like to attend but cannot manage a particular date, then be assured we will be sending recordings of sessions to all participants. Each session meets from 20 minutes before the advertised time of the lecture, and each lecture lasts roughly one hour, with around 15 minutes discussion.

Cost:  £315 members or £385 non-members for the course of 7 sessions or £45 members or £55 non-members per individual session. All sessions are limited to 21 participants to permit discussion.

Due to the coronavirus cheques are not a viable option at this time. Instead, please make your payment to Friend&Friend Ltd by bank transfer to our account with Metrobank, bank sort code 23-05-80, account number 13291721 or via PayPal to, or credit/debit card by phone to Henrietta on 07940 719397. She is available Tuesdays 10-12 and 2-5 pm or Thursdays 10-12 and 2-5 pm. Do get in touch if you would like extra support learning how to use Zoom.

How to Set Up a PayPal account::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Click on this link:

In the upper right-hand corner of the screen, click “Sign up.”

On the following screen choose “Personal account” and click “Next.”

On the next page, you’ll be asked to enter your name, email address and to create and confirm a password. When finished, click “Next.”

Click “Agree and create account” and your PayPal account will be created.

How to Connect your Bank Account to your PayPal account:::::::::::::::::::::::

Log on to your account and click the “Wallet” option in the menu bar running along the top of the screen.

On the menu running down the left side of the screen, click the “Link a credit or debit card”.

Enter the card information you wish to link to your PayPal account and click “Link card” for debit card.

How to Send Money::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

Log on to your account. Click Send & Request.

Enter the email address of the person you wish to send money to:

Type in the amount you wish to send, click continue then press ‘Send Money Now’.