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library Lecture Programme

Our Library Lecture Programme is different to our Termly Insights talks, these lectures will be held in the library on a Tuesday during Period 7. they are designed to provide an opportunity for students to extend and deepen their knowledge within their chosen subject areas as well as exposure to topical issues.

Tuesday 4th December - " The Pain and the Passion: The privilege of Making a Difference" - Baroness Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005.  She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing.   She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN [Medical Emergency Relief International] and is Founder and President of HART [Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust]. Caroline Cox has been honoured with the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa.  She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and Armenia. Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma. Previously, she visited communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia, helping to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) with late former President Abdurrhaman Wahid.  She has visited North Korea to promote Parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes.

Recent publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, with John Marks and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers.

Two biographies have been published by Monarch/Lion Hudson: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.

Tuesday 15th January - "Perspectives from South Sudan" - Naomi Pendle

Naomi is currently a researcher at the London School of Economics.  She lived and worked in South Sudan from 2009 until 2015.  There, she taught at a school and university, as well as starting her own research.  Her research continues to focus on conflict, displacement and authority in South Sudan.  She has advised the the UN, and US and UK government in relation to this work.  Prior to working in South Sudan, Naomi taught History and Politics at Wellington College.

Tuesday 29th January - Reverend Christopher Herbert

Christopher Herbert has established himself as a respected and sought-after lecturer in the fields of Christian Art, Spirituality and the Ethics of End-Of-Life care. In each of these areas he lectures across the UK and in Europe. He is a visiting Professor in Christian Ethics at the University of Surrey.




Tuesday 12th February - "Torchlight System:Storytelling for Recovery" - Kevin Braddock

Kevin Braddock is Founder of Torchlight System: a new publishing platform offering ways to talk about, live with and recover from issues such as depression and anxiety. For over 20 years Kevin worked as a writer editor for titles including GQ, The Face, Esquire, Vogue and the Guardian, and in 2017 he published “Torchlight: A Publication About Asking for Help” after suffering a major depressive episode in 2014. Torchlight is accompanied by packs of Practice Cards - 55 suggestions for dealing with depression and anxiety. Kevin’s story was featured on the cover of the Observer magazine, and online here.

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