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Special Lectures


F W Bateson Memorial Lectures

The F W Bateson Memorial Lecture was founded by the pupils and friends of F W Bateson (1901-1978). Bateson taught English at Corpus from 1946 to 1969, first as a lecturer and later as a teaching fellow. He was made an Emeritus Fellow of the College on his retirement in 1969. The lectures are held annually.

Professor Dinah Birch CBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, widely published on Victorian fiction and poetry, delivered the 2019 F W Bateson Memorial Lecture. Her title was ‘'Utopian Topics: Ruskin and Oxford'.  

Isaiah Berlin Lectures

Isaiah Berlin read Greats (Classics) at Corpus, finding it 'cute', according to his letters. The Isaiah Berlin Lectures in the History of Ideas are a prestigious annual series, run in conjunction with Oxford's Philosophy Faculty. Previous lecturers include Michael Rosen. Jonathan Israel, J. G. A. Pocock, Daniel Garber and Allen Wood.

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President's Seminars

Every term, the President arranges a seminar, at which prominent figures from different walks of life come and discuss issues of interest and importance. There is an open talk, with questions, and then a smaller dinner, with more questions and discussion, for interested students.

Visitors have included Sir Roger Penrose, Hassan Al-Damluji, Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC, Professor Edward Fraenkel FRS,  Surgeon Commodore Peter Buxton (Commander of the Defence Medical Group), Martin Wolf (the Financial Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times), Xenia Dormandy (an analyst of US affairs at Chatham House), Rupert Elderkin (member of the prosecuting team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) and Hector Sants (Chief Executive of the Financial Services Authority).

Triennial E. A. Lowe Lectures in Paleography

The E. A. Lowe Lectures are given in memory of Elias Avery Lowe, a noted Paleographer and Honorary Fellow of the College from 1954 to his death in 1969.

Professor Rodney Thomson, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tasmania, delivered the 2017 Lowe Lectures. His title was 'The Fox and the Bees; the First Century of the Library of Corpus Christi College'.

Previous lecturers have included David Ganz, Susan Rankin, Anthony Grafton and Michael Lapidge. In 2014, Dr Erik Kwakkel talked about 'The Birth of Gothic Script'.

The King James Bible Lecture Series 2011


A series of public lectures given by Prof Pauline Croft, Prof Valentine Cunningham, Prof Helen Wilcox and Prof Terence Wright to mark the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible was held in Hilary Term 2011 at Corpus Christi. The series began with Prof Croft (Royal Holloway, University of London): The Making of the King James (Authorized) Version of the Bible, 1604-1611. Further details of the lectures, including a commemorative Choral Evensong with Revd Prof John Morrill, Selwyn College, Cambridge, can be found here.




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