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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.

Professor Christopher Cannon, Professor of English at New York University and author of books on Chaucer's language, form and early Middle English literature, delivered the 2016 F W Bateson Memorial Lecture in the MBI Al Jaber Auditorium at 5pm on Monday 8 February.  His title  was "Wyth her own handys": What Women's Writing Can Teach us about Langland and Chaucer'.

Jenny Uglow OBE,  British biographer, critic and publisher delivered the 2015 F W Bateson Memorial Lecture. Her title was ''"Not Romance-bit but Nature' - Tourism, Landscape and Industry in Britain at the start of the Nineteenth Centure".

The lectures are held annually and a full list of previous lectures can be found here.

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.

Further information can be found at

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 and fellows.

The seminar in Michaelmas 2016 was given by Sir Roger Penrose on the topic 'fashion, faith and fantasy in the new physics of the universe'. Previous visitors have included 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.

Dr Erik Kwakkel of Leiden University delivered the 2014 Lowe Lectures. His title was 'The Birth of Gothic Script'. Abstracts for Dr Kwakkel's lectures can be found on the Leiden University website.

Previous lecturers have included Susan Rankin, Anthony Grafton and Michael Lapidge. The most recent series was in 2011, when David Ganz spoke on "Latin Manuscript Books Prior to the Ninth Century: Ways of Using Codices Latini Antiquiores".

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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