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Girton150 The Visitor’s Lecture by the Rt Hon the Baroness Hale of Richmond

The Visitor’s Lecture is delivered by The Right Honourable, The Baroness Hale of Richmond (1963, Law), President of the UK Supreme Court, Visitor to Girton College since 2004 and Honorary President of the Cambridge University Law Society. Her Lecture is titled “100 Years of Women in Law”.

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Girton College 57th Founders' Memorial Lecture - Hisham Matar: Life and Word

Fri 16 February 2018

Girton College

Hisham Matar is a Libyan Author, born in New York City, brought up in Tripoli and Cairo, and has spent most of his life in England, now residing in both Britain and America. He was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in ‘Biography or Autobiography’ for a memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.

His two novels also embrace the political and personal dimensions of repression, abduction and exile. The first, In The Country of Men, set in Tripoli in 1979, was short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. The second, The Anatomy of a Disappearance, partly written as a Visiting Fellow at Girton, was one of the best books of 2011 for The Independent, Chicago Tribune and many others.

An astute political commentator on Libyan affairs, a disarming interpreter of love and loss, The Guardian’s Rachel Cooke observes: ‘Matar has a reserve that only makes his way with intimacy all the more moving’. Her colleague, Lisa Appignanesi , describes Hisham as a ‘brilliant observer of the inner world’ [who] ‘writes about the intricacies of love in the family like no-one else’.

The Founders’ Memorial Lecture, established in 1928, celebrates the values that underpinned the Foundation of Girton College: equality and inclusion, excellence in diversity, radical thinking and an ethic of care.

Cost: Free

Ages: Adults

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Entrance is free, places are limited, reservations required.

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All times

Fri 16 February 2018 5:45PM - 7:00PM


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