Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Visiting Speakers

The BISC has a first-class visiting speakers program to give students access to the latest directions and arguments in key contemporary academic and artistic fields.  These sessions are free of charge, open to all, and take place in the evenings, or at lunchtime. After the talk or performance, students have a chance to discuss the issues raised with the visitor in an informal Q&A session. We invite a wide range of academics, professionals, and performers.  

In recent terms students have had the chance to listen to and talk with:

  • Giles Duley (Photographer)
  • Dr. Chunxia Shao (School of Politics and International Relations, Tongji University, Shanghai)
  • Steve Brown (British Paralympic Rugby Captain)
  • Gemma Wolfes (Anti-Slavery International)
  • Don Paterson (Poet, Winner of the TS Eliot Award)
  • Henning Wehn (TV and Radio Comedian)
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer (Chap-Hop Musician)
  • Tom Attah (“The Living Bluesman”)
  • Dr Sheila Whiteley (Emeritus Professor of Popular Music, author of Sexing the Groove);
  • Dr Peng Bo (School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • Dr Relli Shechter (Ben-Gurion University)
  • Manuel Hassassian (Palestinian Ambassador)
  • Dr. Leanne Proops (Postdoctoral fellow conducting research in the field of equine cognition.)
  • Sean Silcoff (Author of Losing the Signal – the untold story behind the extraordinary rise and spectacular fall of BlackBerry)
  • Dr. Adam Slavny (Investigating the basis of equality and asking, What Makes People Morally Equal?)
  • Dr. Alice Leonard (Institute of English Studies, Université de Neuchâtel)
  • Dr. Elaine Keillor (Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, and former Co-director of Research Centre, CIRCLE (Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language and Education))
  • Rick Villeneuve (Lead Animator at Ethel and Ernest Productions)
  • Spencer West (Motivational Speaker and ME to WE Ambassador)
  • Kevin Le Gendre (Journalist and Broadcaster)
  • Stuart Freedman (Photographer and Blogger)

Scholars/professionals/performers wishing to explore the possibility of speaking at the BISC should contact Dr. Christian Lloyd, BISC Academic Director, at: