Clare Hall Colloquium

The Colloquium meets in the Meeting Room, Clare Hall, at 7.45pm on Tuesdays in full term.

Any alterations to the programme will be announced on the College notice board and in the weekly Events e-mailing.

Tuesday 10 June, Meeting Room, 19.45

Tom Burton
Emeritus Professor of English, University of Adelaide
Hearing is Believing: The Dialect Poems of William Barnes (1801–1886)

William Barnes’s Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect have consistently been admired by his fellow poets and by the most discriminating critics: in his own day (to name only a few) Alfred Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, and Gerard Manley Hopkins; in ours Philip Larkin, Andrew Motion, and Christopher Ricks.

“I cannot enjoy one poem by Shelley and am delighted by every line of William Barnes,” wrote W. H. Auden, “but I know perfectly well that Shelley is a major poet, and Barnes a minor one”. If Barnes’s poems delighted him so much, why was Auden  so sure that he was “minor”?

And if one shares Auden’s delight in the poems, what can one do to persuade a sceptical public that it’s high time Barnes was recognized as being about as major as they come?

Easter Term 2014

22 April
John Regan, PhD, Research Fellow, Clare Hall
Professor Helen Weinstein, Life Fellow Clare Hall, Public Historian and Broadcaster, Founding Director of the Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York
Problems of interdisciplinarity: (i) recent histories of academic ‘collaboration’  & (ii)  the challenges of translating academic work for broadcast media

29 April
Jill Burton
Adjunct Associate Research Professor of Applied Linguistics,
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Some Thoughts on History-Making, with Reference to Lady Anne Clifford (1590–1676)

6 May
Ahmed Alwishah
Assistant Professor of Philosophy (Islamic Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, and Islamic Theology) Pitzer College, California
Divine Knowledge and Human self-Awareness

13 May
John D Barrow
Professor of Mathematical Sciences, DAMTP Cambridge University
Counter Culture: A look at some unusual applications of mathematics in the arts

20  May
George van Kooten
Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity, University of Groningen
Pagans and Christians in Debate: Mythology, Philosophy and Religion in the first two centuries AD

27 May
Maria Freddi
Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of Pavia, Italy
Choice in Language

3 June
Jon Charterina-Abando
Associate Professor of Marketing Research, Department of Business, Finance and Marketing Management, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.
Why we must bet on manufacturing: reversing the Washington Consensus in our cities and regions

10 June
Tom Burton
Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall 2013–14
Hearing is Believing: The Dialect Poems of William Barnes (1801–1886)

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