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University of Kent


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Programme of Speakers for the 2019/2020 season




All lectures take place in Keynes College Senior Common Room, at the University of Kent, at 7.30pm promptly




Thursday 24 October:  Peter Medhurst (Art Historian and Arts Society Lecturer) 

“Music on the Grand Tour” – Music to be enjoyed on the Grand Tour of Italy.

Thursday 28 November: Dr. Kathryn Lomas (University of Durham) 

The Rise of Rome” 

The emergence of Rome from humble beginnings to being on the threshold of establishing an empire

Christmas Break 


Thursday 23 January: Melanie King (Writer – The Lady is a Spy) 

“Paradise of Exiles:
The Anglo Italian circle in 19th and 20th century Florence

Sunday 09 February: “Festa della Befana” – Lunch for members and friends at Pinocchio’s Restaurant 

64 Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2PY  12 noon for 12.30. 

Thursday 27 February: Daphne Joynes (Art Historian and Arts Society Lecturer) 

“Isabella D’Este: La Prima donna del Mondo”
– Art and Intrigue at the Renaissance Court of Ferrara and Mantova. 

Thursday 26 March: Dr Alexander Lee (University of Warwick) 

“Panettone and Pizza – Italy’s Favourite Foods” 

April Break (Easter Sunday is 12th April) 

Thursday 28 May: Caroline Moorhead (Writer) 

“A Conversation with Caroline Moorhead” – (Author of A Bold & Dangerous Family)
The story of the courageous Rosselli brothers who defied Mussolini to the death.

Guest fee for non members at the talks £3.00

Thursday 25 June: “Summer Garden Party” (Bring & Share) at 7.30pm. 

Kindly hosted by 

Antoinette & John Groom at their home at: 8 Cherry Avenue, Canterbury CT2 8EN