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Shakespeare, Owain Glyndŵr and the future of higher education in North East Wales

27 September 2011

The Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University is to speak candidly before a public audience about the links between Shakespeare, Owain Glyndŵr and the future of his university.

A talk by Professor Michael Scott will open the university’s 2011/12 Inaugural and Professorial Lecture Series on Thursday 13 October at 6.15pm.

The event, in the Catrin Finch Centre on Glyndŵr University’s Plas Coch campus in Wrexham, will explore the warmth shown by Shakespeare in his plays towards the people of Wales.

It will trace the visionary path outlined by Owain Glyndŵr, who is mentioned in Shakepeare’s Henry IV Part One, from a 1406 letter to the King of France about universities in Wales to the creation of Glyndŵr University 600 years later.

Event organiser Katie Dutton said: “This year’s professorial lecture series offers the public a unique chance to hear from Glyndŵr University’s Vice-Chancellor sharing his thoughts as chief executive of the university and speaking about his expertise as a Shakespeare scholar.

“Glyndŵr University is dedicated to serving the people of Wrexham and north east Wales and events like this allow us to share the university’ collective knowledge and expertise with the wider public.”

Professor Scott’s lecture is the first of five in the university’s 2011/12 Professorial Lecture series. The events are designed to provide, free of charge, an opportunity for the public to learn more about the university’s research and expertise.

Other lectures in the series include a talk in January 2012 by Professor Odette Parry about social inclusion, which draws on two Welsh Government studies focusing on the views of older people and children and young people in Wales.

On Thursday 10 November interdisciplinary communications expert Professor Peter Excell will contrast his long experience of research in depth in specific technological areas with the broader overview that he feels is equally important, asking the questions of just what advanced communications are for and considering the strategies needed to strike a balance between these aspects in a modern university.

The final two talks in the series will see Professor Christopher Alan Lewis speak about the links between mental health and religion and Professor Patrick Costello about the teaching and learning of critical thinking, reasoning and argument in schools.

All of the events are free to attend and take place in the Catrin Finch Centre at the university’s Wrexham campus.
To book a place on any of the lectures email lectures@glyndwr.ac.uk or call 01978 293466.

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