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23rd April 2018

Rector’s Seminars for Trinity Term 2018 announced

All alumni, friends and members of Exeter College are encouraged to join us for all or part of this eye-opening series of talks

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, and political scientist Joe Nye (1958, PPE) are among an exceptional list of Rector’s Seminars speakers coming up this term.

The Rector’s Seminars see inspirational figures – national and international leaders in their field – discuss openly an area of their expertise, enhancing the experience and outlook of students across disciplines. Mr Rudd will ask ‘How dangerous are current threats to liberal democracy?’ while Professor Nye will discuss ‘The Trump Presidency and its impact on relations among the world’s major powers’.

Rector’s Seminars are free for alumni, friends, and members of College and the wider University of Oxford to attend. Booking is not generally required, but you do need to reserve a seat for the Kevin Rudd talk on 16 May, which you can do here.

The full programme of talks for Trinity Term is:

Professor Joel Gelernter (Yale University), ‘Genetics of psychiatric illness: Scenes from the last ten years and predictions for the next two weeks’, Wednesday 25 April (1st week) at 6.00 pm, Drawing Room, Rector’s Lodgings

Kevin Rudd (former Prime Minister of Australia), ‘How dangerous are current threats to liberal democracy?’, Wednesday 16 May (4th week) at 5.30 pm, FitzHugh Auditorium, Cohen Quad, Walton Street. Please book your place here.

Dr Maroula Perisanidi (University of Leeds; former Exeter Visiting Fellow), ‘The Sex Life of Medieval Clerics’, Wednesday 23 May (5th week) at 5.30 pm, Drawing Room, Rector’s Lodgings

Dr Herman Salton (Asian University for Women, Bangladesh; Exeter alumnus [2007, International Relations]), ‘Bureaucracy, Power Politics and the Role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda’ (seminar and launch of Dr Salton’s Oxford University Press book on the subject), Wednesday 30 May (6th week) at 5.30 pm, Saskatchewan Room

Professor Dennis Ahlburg (Trinity University Texas & Exeter College former Visiting Fellow), ‘An International Crisis in the Humanities?’, Wednesday 6 June (7th week) at 5.30 pm, Drawing Room, Rector’s Lodgings

Professor Joseph Nye (Harvard University, JFK School of Government; Exeter alumnus [1958, PPE]), ‘The Trump Presidency and its impact on relations among the world’s major powers’, Sunday 10 June (8th week) at 4.30 pm, Saskatchewan Room

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