Press Release

13 September 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University has announced a new-look Public Lecture series, featuring high-profile speakers and authors, to celebrate their Golden Jubilee year.

Acclaimed novelist and biographer Max Egremont
Acclaimed novelist and biographer Max Egremont

Acclaimed novelist and biographer Max Egremont will start the series on Tuesday, 11 October, with other leading figures following throughout the year including Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, historian and broadcaster Michael Wood, and linguist Professor David Crystal OBE.

Max Egremont is the official biographer of Siegfried Sassoon, appointed by Sassoon's son George. For this lecture he will open the series with a lecture on the troubled modern history of East Prussia: East Prussia: on Europe's edge.

His recently highly praised book, ‘Forgotten Land - Journeys among the Ghosts of East Prussia’, where he describes his travels among the old lands of East Prussia. Using a deep knowledge of modern history and personal interviews, he builds up a compelling picture of the country and its people, and the changes that the last couple of centuries, particularly the post-Second World War settlement, have brought to them.

On Wednesday, 7 December, Mark Hammond, Chief Executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, will speak on You are not the boss of me now - 783 years of human rights in the UK.

In his first lecture as Visiting Professor of Government for the University, Mark Hammond will look back on the history of individual rights in this country, and how the Barons’ revolt against King John led to the Human Rights Act of 1998.

Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood
Historian and broadcaster Michael Wood

In early 2012 historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will give a glimpse of his forthcoming BBC2 series.

In his illustrated lecture, The Making of Britain: National History and Local History, on
Tuesday, 21 February 2012, Michael will talk about his recent TV series, Story of England, which took one village through the whole of English history. He will also look forward to his new eight-part BBC2 survey of British social history, Story of the Nation, which follows on from Story of England, tracing the social history of the British people from the Anglo-Saxons to today.

And on Tuesday, 1 May, 2012, Professor David Crystal OBE, returns to Christ Church to give a lecture on Internet Linguistics. The President of the UK National Literacy Association and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales will look at what influence the internet is having on language and what is happening to language as it comes to be used on the internet?

Professor Crystal will suggest that the internet is in some respects a linguistic revolution, introducing new opportunities for communication, but that its influence on individual languages has so far been quite limited.

All lectures start at 6pm, The Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, CT1 1QU.

They are free to attend and open to members of the public, but booking is required. To reserve a place please call the University on 01227 782848.

Book signing opportunities will follow some of these lectures.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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