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Warwick's Distinguished Lecture Series travels to Venice

Distinguished Lecture Series

Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, will be guest of honour when he delivers an address at the latest Distinguished Lecture Series organised by the University of Warwick at the University’s base in Venice.

Each year up to 80 Warwick students on History and History of Art degree programmes get the opportunity to study in Venice for a term at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. They, alongside invited guests including the British Ambassador to Italy, Christopher Prentice, will be present to hear the lecture entitled ‘Objects of concern: some of the things that preoccupied Shakespeare’s public’ at the Palazzo on Thursday 20 October.

The event, which is hosted by Sir Richard Lambert, Chancellor of the University of Warwick, marks the continuing academic collaboration between Warwick and Venice which dates back to 1967 and which, in December 2010, saw Warwick awarded the Venice Prize for Cultural Communication.

Having a permanent base in Venice has allowed students and academic staff the unique opportunity to experience the culture and historic value of the city. With its art galleries and museums, it allows students to bring their learning to life and brings enormous benefits to their understanding and appreciation of History of Art and History studies. The Palazzo is also used to host academic conferences and courses.

To mark the occasion, a book has been published which captures the different aspects of learning in Venice and has contributions from past and present academics and students. A copy of the book is available from Chiara Croff at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava or email: .

You can also read some of the essays and download a pdf copy of the book on Warwick Knowledge Centre - available from Friday 21st October. A video of the lecture will also be made available.

For further information, contact Kate Cox in the Communications office on +44 (0)2476 150483/574255 or m: +44 (0)7920 531221 or