January 29th is Freethinkers Day! Also known as Thomas Paine Day (he was born on this day in 1737, and wrote many influential books and pamphlets including The Age of Reason, The Rights of Man, and Common Sense), Freethinkers Day aims to educate people about the importance of independent thought, and freedom.
Freethinking at the University of Essex
Thomas Paine’s work inspired people to aim for political, economic and social improvements.
This goal is one that drives everything that the University of Essex does. The University prides itself on being a place where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries isn't just encouraged, it's expected.
"At Essex, we're a bunch of risk-takers and opinion-makers, stereotype-breakers and world-shakers."
Since 1964, the University has welcomed almost 100,000 students from 140 different countries — graduates include 2 Nobel Prize winners: economist Professor Christopher Pissarides and peace campaigner Óscar Arias Sanchez, who has served as President of Costa Rica twice!
Essex students are bold and ambitious, and they go on to change the world.
We are Essex, are you?
Studying at university is a chance for you to discover who you are and what drives you; it’s an experience that should challenge and inspire you.
At the University of Essex you can meet people who think differently from you — it’s a place where your opinions matter, it’s a place where your creativity is valued, and it’s a place where you can start to make a difference in the world.
What can you do to celebrate Freethinkers Day?
You can question the status quo, you can develop logical arguments against conventional views, and you can push boundaries. You can be curious, brave and bold.
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