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Norfolk Cambridge Society Lecture: 'What is a Nation?'

21 June 2022

On 14 June 2022, Norwich School was delighted to welcome the Norfolk Cambridge Society for the 13th public lecture in their excellent series delivered by leading academics.

An appreciative audience of Cambridge University alumni, local intelligentsia, ONs and a contingent of local sixth formers were treated to a very thought-provoking and engaging talk.

The lecture in the Blake Studio was entitled "What is a Nation". It was eloquently delivered by the highly respected academic Dr Matthew D’Auria, Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of East Anglia, and was particularly topical in light of recent events in Ukraine. The lecture covered aspects such nationhood vs nationalism, the lessons to draw from our often bellicose history and what the future holds for the European Union, the United Kingdom and the world’s smaller countries. At one point a well-known chorus from Verdi’s opera Nabucco was played and analysed. A typically lively Q&A session ensued, concluding a stimulating evening.

Our 14th public lecture is on 30th September and will be a real topical crowd-pleaser. Dr Bridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse and past Senior Foreign Correspondent at the BBC, will be giving a talk on “Understanding Russia Today”. Dr Kendall has twice publicly interviewed Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin and this promises to be an exceptional opportunity to hear the views of a leading expert on Russia.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased from organiser Geoffrey Smart: