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Distinguished Lecture Series


Distinguished Lecture SeriesInaugurated in early 2011, the University of Warwick's Distinguished Lecture Series brings public speakers of the highest calibre from the worlds of academia, business, the arts and civil society to our campus to share their thoughts and ideas.

The purpose of the series is to provoke discussion and debate about a range of topics and subjects in the past have included energy sustainability and the value of wealth. The agenda is kept deliberately broad and the lectures are intended to be accessible to a general audience. We encourage attendance from across the wider University community and hope you will join us at the lectures.

If you would like to suggest a speaker for the series, please get in touch with Eliza Gaffney in the Vice-Chancellor's Office at

Sir Paul Nurse, 24 April 2012

Paul NurseThe Great Ideas of Biology

Paul Nurse is a geneticist and cell biologist who has worked on how the eukaryotic cell cycle is controlled and how cell shape and cell dimensions are determined. His major work has been on the cyclin dependent protein kinases and how they regulate cell reproduction. He is President of the Royal Society and Director and CEO of the Francis Crick Institute in London and has served as Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK and President of Rockefeller University. He shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and has received the Albert Lasker Award and the Royal Society's Royal and Copley Medals. He was knighted in 1999 and received the Legion d'honneur in 2003.

Mario Vargas Llosa, 7 June 2012

In conversation with Efrain Kristal (UCLA) and Maria Luddy (University of Warwick)
Chaired by John King (University of Warwick)

Mario Vargas LlosaMario Vargas Llosa is one of the world’s greatest contemporary novelists, a playwright of distinction and a leading public intellectual. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.

He will be discussing his latest novel, The Dream of the Celt, to be published by Faber and Faber in June 2012. This novel deals with key moments in the life of the Irish nationalist, Roger Casement – especially his denunciation of human rights abuses in the Congo and in the Peruvian Amazon - as he awaits execution for treason in 1916. Mario Vargas Llosa will also consider his work in a broader context by exploring issues raised in The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, edited by Efrain Kristal and John King.

This event will be followed by a book signing.

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