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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

The Leslie Brooks Lecture Series

The Leslie Brooks Lecture series was established by the School, in association with St Cuthbert's Society, in memory of James Leslie Brooks, former Professor of Spanish and founder of the Department of Spanish at Durham.

Leslie Brooks was born in Portarlington, Ireland in 1919. After working as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer at Queen's University Belfast, Manchester and Sheffield, he was appointed as Reader in Spanish at Durham with the task of establishing a Department of Spanish. In 1963 he became Professor of Spanish and Principal of St Cuthbert's. To these responsibilities he added the post of Second Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1974, then Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Sub-Warden in 1979. His research focused primarily on the theatre of Valle-Inclán and the novels of Galdós. He retired in 1984, and continued to live in Durham until his death in 1993.

2020 Lecture

Rolena Adorno (Yale University): Obedezco, pero no cumplo: Surviving Censorship in Early Modern Spain. 04 June 2020

2019 Lecture

Professor Eva Horn (University of Vienna): 'Global Weirding: An Aesthetics of the Anthropocene'. 14 May 2019

2018 Lecture

Professor Boris Groys (New York University, European Graduate School): 'A Cold War between the Medium and the Message'. 21 June 2018

2017 Lecture

Professor Linda Williams (University of California, Berkeley): 'Tales of Sound and Fury' Signifying...Something, or The Elephant of Melodrama, 16 January 2017

2016 Lecture

Professor Marianne Hirsch (Columbia University): 'Small Acts: Mobilizing Memory Across Borders', 17 March 2016

2014 Lecture

Professor Julian Weiss (Professor of Medieval & Early Modern Spanish Studies, King's College London): 'The French Connection: Cultural Colonisation and the Medieval Spanish Epic', 15 May 2014

2013 Lecture

Professor Brad Epps (Harvard University): 'The Space of the Vampire: Materiality and Disappearance in the Films of Iván Zulueta'
Professor Epps was a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University during Epiphany Term 2013

2011 Lecture

Professor Ariella Azoulay (Bar Ilan University, Israel): 'Photography and Colonialism in Israel/Palestine'

2010 Lecture

Ventura Pons (Spanish film director): 'Looking for Film in Literature', 25 January 2010
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2008 Lecture

Professor Hoda Elsadda (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University): 'Gender and Nation: New Directions in the Contemporary Novel in Egypt', 6 May 2008

2007 Lecture

Professor David Shepherd (Professor of Russian and Director of the Bakhtin Centre and the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield): 'Bakhtin and the humanities - past, present and future', 1 May 2007

2006 Lecture

Emeritus Professor Eduardo Saccone (University College Cork): 'Premature Conclusions. The Interpretation of Modern Italian Literature', 24 April 2006

2005 Lecture

Ann Jefferson (University of Oxford): 'Biography and the Question of Literature'