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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* see below.

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


Poetry Reading & Discussion*

with award winning poet


Monday 24 June 2019


Ushaw College, Durham

Winner of the Forward Prize, Costa Prize, and shortlisted multiple times for the T.S. Eliot Prize, Symmons Roberts has been hailed as, “a poet for the new, chastened, unenforcing age of faith that has just dawned”.  Michael will read from his collection, Drysalter, which like the psalter echoed in its title is a haunting and revelatory confluence of the sacred and profane.


Booking deadline: Monday 10 June 2019.

To register, please visit by choosing ‘Package G Poetry Reading (event only)’.  Transport is available from Durham City Centre to Ushaw College if needed – transport needs to be booked in advance when registering for the event.

Please direct any queries to or 0191 334 1656.

Residential Research Library Inaugural Conference: 
Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 to Friday, 13 September 2019

Organised by the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and hosted by Durham University and Ushaw College.
Venues: St Chad's College, Durham DH1 3RH, and Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH.

Durham University, in collaboration with Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral Library, is in the process of establishing a Residential Research Library, which will provide opportunities for visiting scholars to come to Durham to work on the rich collections of these three institutions. The formal launch of the RRL will take place in the autumn of 2019 and, to celebrate the event, Durham University and Ushaw College are hosting a conference on the theme of Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities.

For further information about the Conference, including the full programme, please visit the website.

Parking is available at Ushaw, should delegates wish to make their own arrangements. Delegates wishing to book transport to and from the venue can do so as they register, with options available for each day. 

Durham Residential Research Library Collection Sessions:
Free sessions on the following topics are available for delegates as part of Day 4. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. We expect these activities to take place on the morning of Day 4, and timings will be set to suit demand.
~ Durham Priory Library Recreated
~ The Books of Durham College
~ Durham Cathedral Library
~ Bishop Cosin's Library

By booking on this event, you agree to your data being stored and used for the purposes of conference administration. Durham University will share data with the venue providers, Ushaw College and Hatfield College, where this is necessary, for example for meal and accommodation bookings. 


·         Delegate Fee - Full (GBP £110.00  137.50
Includes refreshments and lunches on Tue/Wed/Thurs/Fri, wine reception and conference dinner

·         Delegate Fee - Student (GBP £55.00 68.75
Includes refreshments and lunches on Tue/Wed/Thurs/Fri, wine reception and conference dinner

·         Delegate Fee - Individual Days 
You can select the day(s) you wish to attend

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