F. W. Bateson Memorial Lecture

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.

The 2020 lecture was delivered by Professor Mark Ford with the title 'Woman much missed: Thomas Hardy, Emma Hardy and poetry’. Mark Ford is a Professor in the English Department at University College London. His publications include four collections of poetry, a biography of the French writer Raymond Roussel and an anthology of the poetry of London. His most recent monograph is Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner

Former lecturers include Professor Dinah Birch CBE with the title 'Utopian Topics: Ruskin and Oxford' in 2019; Professor John Mullan with the title ‘Dicken’s Tricks’ in 2018; and Professor Nicholas Roe with the title ‘English restored: John Keats’s To Autumn’ in 2017.

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

Isaiah Berlin Lectures in the History of Ideas

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, followed by a dinner in the SCR, where the discussion can continue.

Visitors have included Sir Roger Penrose, Hassan 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 Judith Schlanger, President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and Professor of Hebrew Manuscript Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris will deliver the 2020 Lowe Lectures. Her title is 'The Hebrew-Latin Manuscripts of the Library of Corpus Christi College'.

Previous speakers include Rodney Thomson, David Ganz, Susan Rankin, Anthony Grafton and Michael Lapidge.