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 Below is a table showing the dates, times, and titles of upcoming lectures. 


30 Apr

Prof. John McGreevy

(University of Notre Dame)

Global Catholicism: A History from the French Revolution to Pope Francis


21 May

Prof. Alison Shell

(University College London)

Staging Magic in English Catholic College Drama


18 Jun

Dr Elizabeth Biggs

(RRL Lendrum Priory Library Visiting Fellow)

Lendrum Priory Library Fellow Lecture:

Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall and Durham's Response to the Reformation


Except when stated, lectures begin at 6pm in the Exhibition Hall and are preceded by a drinks reception at 5.30pm in the Refectory.

If you need help with transport between Durham City and Ushaw, please contact Jane Lidstone at or 0191 334 1656 at least two working days before the lecture.

All are most welcome. If you wish to attend, please let us know you are coming by registering via or 0191 334 1656. Registration opens 3 weeks before each lecture.


Durham University’s Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics and the Centre for Catholic Studies, in collaboration with Ushaw College, are pleased to announce the forthcoming conference:


NEW SONG: Biblical Hebrew Poetry as Jewish and Christian Scripture for the 21st Century

Ushaw College, Durham

24 - 25 June 2019


This conference will bring together leading scholars from around the world to discuss the why and how of reading Biblical Hebrew poetry as Scripture in today's world. The aim of the conference is contextualisation with the goal of moving beyond reconstructive historical work to constructive theological work.


Featured speakers include:

·         John Goldingay: On Reading Genesis 49

·         Ben Sommer: Parallelism and Preaching: Poetic Form and Religious Function

·         Ellen Davis: The Psalms, the Poetry of Healing

·         David Firth: Hannah's Song (1 Samuel 2:1-10): On the Interface of Poetics and Ethics in an Embedded Poem

·         Revd Megan Daffern: How Wise are the Psalms as Prayers?

·         Robert Hayward: Observations on Exodus 15 (Shirat Ha-Yam) in Jewish and Catholic Liturgy

·         Katie Heffelfinger: Truth and Hidden Things: Reading Isaiah 45:9-25 as Scripture

·         Rabbi Shai Held: Title TBC

·         Yisca Zimran: Title TBC

·         The conference will include an After-Dinner Poetry Reading and Discussion with award-winning poet and professor, Michael Symmons Roberts.


An outline programme, paper abstracts, and the online booking site are available at: or


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Conference packages start at £45 (for students). 


Limited accommodation is available at Ushaw College bookable on a first come first served basis. Delegates can also book local hotels with a complimentary conference coach provided between Durham City and Ushaw College as required.  (This needs to be booked at the time of registration.)


Booking deadline: 27 May 2019.


Please direct any queries about this conference to Richard Rohlfing at


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