Speakers

Review: ‘The Spark of Life – Electricity in the Human Body’

Lucie Hughes (SU, U6) reviews the Biology and Natural History Talk: ‘The Spark of Life – Electricity in the Human Body’. The talk was given by Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS who is a Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford. At the beginning of her lecture, Professor Ashcroft stated that […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Susannah Clapp

‘With Chatwin, Portrait of a Writer’ – Susannah Clapp (literary executor for Chatwin and author of ‘With Chatwin’, amongst many other works. The final lecture was introduced by Lower Sixth College student Katie Boden (LI, L6).  Susannah Clapp began with the observation that her talk would be “more of a chat” – for Chatwin himself […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Jonathan Chatwin

‘Bruce Chatwin, Anywhere Out of the World’ – By Jonathan Chatwin (Author of a book on Chatwin’s work and creator of an online resource on Chatwin’s work and life – www.brucechatwin.co.uk) The second half of the Colloquium was introduced by Lower Sixth College student, Flora Stafford (MM, L6). J. Chatwin’s talk focused on Bruce Chatwin’s […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Michael Cannon OM

‘Bruce Chatwin’ – Michael Cannon OM (B2 1954-59) and study companion of Bruce Chatwin) Michael Cannon began with observations on his experiences of College life, before speaking of the differences between himself and Chatwin: the “sporty and social” speaker versus the eclectic and intellectually mercurial Chatwin.  Their shared study became a repository for Chatwin’s many […]

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Chatwin Colloquium: Nicholas Murray

‘Bruce Chatwin and the Nature of Human Restlessness’ – By Nicholas Murray (author, journalist and biographer of Bruce Chatwin The Colloquium was held to honour the 25th anniversary of Chatwin’s death; it was introduced by a Lower Sixth College student, Tamsin Bracher (Mo, L6). Nicholas Murray began with a quotation from one of Chatwin’s reports […]

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Dan Hannan

“Start every speech with a bang,” Dan Hannan told his audience, as he spoke about the art of 21st Century Oratory on 31st October.  This was only one of the Ten Commandments which he argued would make an almost perfect speech.  The Old Marlburian European Parliament Member delivered an ear-opening talk which inspired all who […]

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Simon Gilderson, MBE

On Thursday 21st November, the Politics Society had great pleasure in hosting Simon Gilderson MBE (BH 1983-88) – an ex SAS veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was invited to discuss to what extent modern wars are unwinnable and he used his own extensive operational experience in a 21 year army career to try […]

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Blackett Science Lecture

The 9th annual Blackett Science Lecture took place on Tuesday 26th November in the Ellis Theatre given by the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University, Professor Steven Balbus titled ‘The Moon: what is, what was, what might have been’. A large audience of pupils and Friends of the Marlborough Telescope outreach group listened to […]

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Speaker: Martin Cottingham

On Thursday 7th November the Politics Society was pleased to host Martin Cottingham, Head of Communications at Islamic Relief UK.  The invitation was extended to provide a fresh perspective on the question as to whether Islam and Democracy are fundamentally incompatible. Having travelled extensively in Muslim countries and with a job whose remit is to […]

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Deutsch Club speaker: Thomas Kielinger

The German Department hosted Thomas Kielinger, OBE, the London correspondent of the prestigious German newspaper ‘Die Welt’, on Friday 22nd November. Herr Kielinger spoke to an audience of Marlburians on ‘Anglo-German Relations: a New High?’ in the Adderley. Guests included teachers and pupils from St. John’s, Marlborough and St Mary’s, Calne. Author of ‘Crossroads and […]

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