Friends of Westminster Lecture Series 2020-21



Friends of Westminster Lecture Series 2020-21

Friends of Westminster Lecture Series 2020-21

Lent Term 2021

Tuesday 12 January

William Wood on ‘Voices from the Archives: Westminster School Poetry through Four Centuries’

OW William Wood (GG, 2009-14) began research for his book, Westminster School Poetry 1554-2016, an edited collection of Westminster student poetry, in his Remove year. He calls it, ‘One of the most productive procrastination sessions I have ever managed.’ William left school in 2014, has a BA in Theology from Durham University and is currently pursuing an MA in Law at Bristol University.

Tuesday 2 February

Dr Timothy Schroder on ‘Sumptuous Summits: The meetings of Henry VIII and Francis I’

Dr Timothy Schroder is an historian and lecturer on silver and goldsmiths’ work and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Previous roles include Curator of Decorative Arts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Consultant Curator at the V&A Museum. He is a Trustee of the Wallace Collection, a member of the Fabric Commission of Westminster Abbey and was recently made Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company. He has published extensively in the field of silver and goldsmiths’ work; his latest book, ‘A Marvel to Behold’, Gold and Silver at the Court of Henry VIII, was published by Boydell and Brewer in June 2020, timed to mark the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold.

Tuesday 16 March

Professor Amy Stanley on ‘Falling in Love in the Greatest City in the World: Edo, Japan, 1800’

Professor Amy Stanley received her PhD in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. During her graduate training, she spent years studying in Japan at Kansai University (Osaka) and Waseda University (Tokyo). She is now an Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, but Tokyo will always be her favourite city in the world.

Election Term 2021

Tuesday 20 April

Dr Stuart Ritchie on ‘Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science

Dr Stuart Ritchie is a psychologist and a lecturer in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London. He researches human intelligence, and his new book is about the serious problems with current scientific practice, and what we should do about them.

Tuesday 25 May

Dr Irena Žantovská-Murray on ‘Designing Hope: Czechoslovak Architects and Britain on the brink of World War II’

Dr Irena Žantovská-Murray, Hon FRIBA, is an experienced curator in the field of architectural history. She was a Director of the Sir Banister Fletcher Collection and the library at the Royal Institute of British Architects. She is the author of numerous books and exhibitions on architecture. She studied English at the Charles University in Prague and finished her PhD in Architectural History and Theory at McGill University in Montreal.

Wednesday 9 June

Gordon Rankine on ‘Mulberry: The Hidden Harbour’

Gordon Rankine is a chartered civil and structural engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the design of ports and marine facilities. After graduating in civil engineering from Imperial College, Gordon’s professional career started with the design of offshore oil platforms, whilst also training for and representing Great Britain in the 1980 Summer Olympic Games. Gordon’s grandfather, Sir Bruce White, was responsible for the wartime Mulberry Harbour that was planned in secret and installed rapidly on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944. This was a significant contribution to Operation Overlord and supported the liberation of France from the enemy occupation.

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