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Upcoming Clark Lectures


Robert Pogue Harrison

The Trinity College Clark Lectures this year will be delivered by Robert Pogue Harrison, Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature at Stanford University, author of The Body of Beatrice (1988), Forests: The Shadow of Civilization (1992), The Dominion of the Dead (2003), Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition (2008), and Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age (2014).

Tuesday 9 May at 5.00 pm: The Thin Blue Line Live stream here
Thursday 11 May at 5.00 pm: Mysteries of the Phainosphere Live stream here
Tuesday 16 May at 6.00 pm: Tellurian Symbols Live stream here
Thursday 18 May at 5.00 pm: On Separation Live stream here

Lectures Available Online

Clark Lectures, 2022: Simon Armitage

3 March     Paper Aeroplane and other inner journeys

10 March   Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic and other outings


Rita Felski (John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, University of Virginia, and Niels Bohr Professor, University of Southern Denmark), presented this year’s Clark Lectures on Thursdays 18 February, and 4, 11 and 18 March, at 5pm (UK time), via Zoom webinar.


18 February      Remix     (Available to watch here)

  4 March            On Recognition: Returning to Reims (Available to watch here)

11 March            On Disclosure: Robert Walser (Available to watch here)

18 March            On Resonance: Stoner and Theory

1. Remix: On Literature and Theory

2. On Recognition: Returning to Reims

3. On Disclosure: Robert Walser

The Clark Lectures 2019: Unmodernism – Professor Andrew Cole

Professor Andrew Cole, Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton, will give the Clark Lectures 2019 at Trinity.

Professor Andrew Cole is a theorist and medievalist who directs the Gauss Seminars in Criticism at Princeton. The Middle Ages are a primary interest for Professor Cole whose most recent book is The Birth of Theory (Chicago, 2014). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at the University of Oxford, and a Bloomfield Fellow at Harvard University.

Unmodernism – Hegel In The Cathedral Lecture 1

Seminar 1: Substance of Thought

Marx After Feudalism Lecture 2

Seminar 2: Forms of Theory

Past Clark Lectures

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