Kate Adie and Philip Pullman in Public Lecture series

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Famous speakers are giving a series of talks at Brookes this autumn.

Kate Adie, Philip Pullman and Richard Simmons are among the high profile speakers coming to Brookes as part of this semester’s Public Lecture Series.

Kate Adie, honorary graduate of Brookes, and former chief news correspondent for BBC News, is likely to attract a large audience to the Main Lecture Theatre at Headington on Wednesday 4 November.

Her talk is titled Into Danger: people who risk their lives for work and why reporting the news isn't an example of that (most of the time).

Her journalistic skills twice earned her the title of Reporter of the Year by the Royal Television Society, the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and an OBE from the Queen in 1993. She will be talking about her experiences and will take questions from the audience.

Philip Pullman joins Chancellor Shami Chakrabarti, Vice-Chancellor Janet Beer, and the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, Sara Thornton, for a discussion of books that have influenced their lives on 26 November.

In his talk - Is Design Just Bollards - on 5 November, Richard Simmons, Chief Executive of CABE, will shed light on something that affects us all – good design of our towns and cities.

Tom Betteridge Professor of Early Modern English Literature and Drama at Brookes will examine two of Shakespeare’s Jacobean plays, Measure for Measure and The Winter’s Tale on 11 November. He will show how these plays relate not only to the time in which they were written but also reflect important lessons for today in terms of the relationship between religion, politics and the individual.

The season ends on 2 December with Professor Geoff Goddard, of the School of Technology, speaking on the Design World Class Engines for Formula One and Road Cars.

Lectures are free of charge and open to the public, but booking is essential.