Ferguson Lecture Series

The Ferguson Lecture Series was launched in 2007 to encourage healthy debate and discussion on topical issues of the day.  The Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge.  So far, the series has featured a number of distinguished speakers, from Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge to, most recently, the Editor of the New Statesman Jason Cowley. 

Jason cowley

Sughra ahmed image Cees wittebrood Freddy Naftel Ferguson Lecture

Lucy Parham Prof Edgar Andrews Rowan williams portrait

Graeme barker nov 11 Jules evans portrait Catriona brickel

During our 150th Anniversary year, the lecture series will focus on the theme of Looking to the Future and will address global issues such as the finite planet, food security, moral and ethical issues, the UK after Brexit and prospects for the English language.  We are finalising the list of speakers but so far we look forward to welcoming the following eminent historians and academics to discuss these issues:

27th February 2019 

Tom Holland - How Did We Arrive Where We Are? A Brief Analysis of the Last 150 Years (not yet confirmed)

6th March 2019

Jonathan Bartley  -  How Sustainable Ways of Life Will Change the Way We Live'.

13th March 2019

Brendan Simms - UK post BREXIT

20th March 2019

Sam Wells -  What will Influence our Moral Compass in a Secular Age?

25th April 2019

Speaker to be announced - Food security in a age of declining resources and rising populations - either Tim Sherwood (Cambridge/UKI NER) or Nigel Scollan (Queens, Belfast).

Early May 2019

Simon Horobin - The Future of English, Once a Powerful Tool in Communications, Diplomacy and Politics'.

Watch this space for date confirmations. Tickets will, as usual, be free of charge but we do ask you to reserve your seat in advance so that we are aware of numbers.

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