From the Crichton Foundation
Speaker: Professor Ted Cowan
Title: The Dumfries & Galloway Enlightenment
Date: Tuesday 10th March 2015
Time: Lunch at 12:30pm; Lecture at 2:15pm.
Venue: Easterbrook Hall, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4TA
On the afternoon of Tuesday 10th March 2015, the Crichton Foundation will welcome Professor Ted Cowan FRSE to speak on The Dumfries and Galloway Enlightenment. A regular and most popular contributor to the Conversations over many years, Ted is one of Scotland’s most distinguished academics specialising in Scottish History and Literature.
His lecture will seek to explore and assess Enlightenment influence upon the inhabitants of Dumfries and Galloway. He says “There is substantial and ever-increasing literature about the subject for Scotland as a whole, tho’ until recently there was almost nothing about the South West. That has now changed with the appearance of several studies which are of great assistance in our doonhamer quest. The Scottish Enlightenment remains a controversial topic. At its core was an inquiry and debate about human nature and everything which impacts upon humankind from the cradle to the grave including environment, weather, food, clothing, social organisation, government, education, religion, language and science. Another mission was the pursuit of useful knowledge in such fields as the sciences, medicine, geography natural history... and the list goes on. So the question is- What was the impact, if any, of the Enlightenment upon Dumfries and Galloway?”
A doonhamer, Ted, is Emeritus Professor of Scottish History and Literature at the University of Glasgow and formerly Director of Glasgow’s Crichton Campus.
Foundation Convenor, Mr Andrew Walls commented “We are most grateful to Professor Cowan for agreeing to come and deliver the final Crichton Conversation of the series. I look forward with pleasure to hearing him speak on a topic of such relevance in today’s Scotland. We hope to have a good turnout to hear the talk and participate in the questions and debate which will follow. Why not join us for lunch and the lecture?’’
Lecture Tickets: £5
All are welcome at the door. Students free with valid ID Lunch & Lecture Tickets: £16
Lunch tickets must be pre booked before 3rd March 2015 Please telephone to pay by credit or debit card
If you wish to book please contact the Crichton Foundation:
Tel: 01387 702048