Former Archbishop of Canterbury to give public lectures in Nottingham

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05 Apr 2016 15:56:08.830

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The Anglican prelate, theologian and poet, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002–2012, will deliver two lectures at The University of Nottingham next week.

The Most Reverend Rowan Williams will deliver the 2016 Firth Lectures — Imagining Faith: perceptions of religious belief in modern writing on the 11 and 12 April at Highfield House on University Park at The University of Nottingham.

The lectures, which are led by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University, are free to attend and will take place from 4-6pm. To book your place, visit the website.

Thomas O’Loughlin, Professor of Historical Theory at the University and the lead academic on the event, said: “We have grown accustomed to having Rowan Williams making us sit up and look afresh at old problems — this promises to be a stimulating two days.”

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The Firth Lectures

The Firth Memorial Lectureship was founded by the Reverend John d’ewe Evelyn Firth in memory of his father, John Benjamin Firth, Historian of Nottingham and his mother Helena Gertrude Firth. The lecture is appointed biennially by the Council of the University on the recommendation of the Senate of the University.

The first person to hold the lectureship was the renowned theologian Paul Tillich and there has been a series of eminent theologians and philosophers who have included among others — Baroness Warnock and Professor Jürgen Moltmann.

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If you cannot attend either of the lectures, they will be available on YouTube within 72 hours, along with a post-graduate seminar being led by Dr Williams, at

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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