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22nd January 2015

Rector’s seminar series announced for Hilary Term

The series of open seminars organised by Rector Trainor has been announced for Hilary Term 2015. Students and alumni are warmly invited to attend these eye opening discussions. The presentations are designed to launch a lively discussion on a subject of general interest.

The seminars are detailed below. Details are subject to change. Please contact the Rector’s PA if you intend to come and check times and dates before making travel plans. Alumni should report to the porters’ lodge on arrival.

Rector’s Seminars – HilaryTerm 2015

Unless otherwise announced, seminars are held in the Rector’s Lodgings Drawing Room (ground floor).

Unless otherwise announced, Sunday seminars are 4.30 – 5.30 pm; Wednesday seminars are 5.30 – 6.30 pm.

Sun Jan 25          Burns Night (in place of a seminar there will be the traditional toasts, and responses, in the Hall following dinner), 7 for 7.30 pm (advance booking required through Catering)

Sun Feb 8           Stephen Moriarty QC (former Fellow in Law at Exeter): ‘The law game: noble profession versus big business’, 4.30 pm

Wed Feb 11        Professor Klaus Larres (Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), ‘Churchill as Peacemaker: Lessons for the 21st Century’ (the second annual Exeter Lessons in Leadership Lecture), 5.30 pm in the Saskatchewan Room

Sun Feb 15        Professor Sir Graeme Davies (former chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and former vice chancellor of Liverpool, Glasgow and London) ‘Herding Cats – seeking to lead a University’, 4.30 pm

Wed Feb 18        Wendy Alexander (former Leader of the Scottish Labour Party;  associate dean, London Business School): ‘The Scottish independence referendum and its aftermath:  political and constitutional implications for the UK’, 5.30 pm

Sat Feb 21           Revd. Professor Rowan Williams (Lord Williams of Oystermouth), former Archbishop of Canterbury and current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge), 2pm at St Mary’s (the University Church) (also a 700th anniversary event of the College:  To register please visit;  the closing date for registration is Friday 13th February unless capacity is reached sooner)

Wed Feb 25        David Vaisey (Bodley’s Librarian Emeritus, Emeritus Fellow of Exeter and former undergraduate of the College), ‘Why libraries are still important in the digital age:  Reflections on half a century of change at the Bodleian’, 5.30 pm

Sun Mar 1            Alan Charlton CMG CVO (former UK Ambassador to Brazil):  ‘Brazil after the recent close re-election of President Dilma: more of the same?’, 4.30 pm

Sun Mar 8            Adam Boulton (Political editor of Sky News):  ‘Why Vote?’, 4.30 pm

In addition, on the late afternoon of Wednesday 18 March (Wednesday of 9th week), there will be an Exeter-at-the-Said lecture, of particular interest to students at the Said Business School but open to all, given by Graham Van’t Hoff, executive vice president of Shell Global Chemicals and a former undergraduate of Exeter.  Further information about this event will be circulated in due course.

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