The artistic director of Theatre by the Lake, a leading cardiologist and a professor of fine art from Iceland are among a programme of visiting professors invited to speak at the University of Cumbria next year.
Conrad Lynch, artistic director of the Keswick-based theatre has been invited to the university by the head of the Institute of the Arts, Roddy Hunter. With a forthcoming season which will include a world premiere, a major revival and classic writers, Theatre by the Lake also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the university.
Conrad Lynch says, “Theatre by the Lake is delighted to be partnering with the University of Cumbria on a variety of projects during the coming year and I’m thrilled to have been invited to be a visiting professor”.
Mr George Krasopoulos, a specialist cardiologist in minimal access surgical procedures from Oxford, has been invited as visiting professor of cardiac surgery.
Prof Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir, professor of fine art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, with an interest in history, culture and the environment has also been invited to speak to students and anyone with an interest in collaborative arts research.
“We’ve attracted a wide range of speakers from all corners of the world who will each bring a fresh perspective on life which will appeal to our students and – we hope – the wider community of north Lancashire and Cumbria during our tenth anniversary year,” Prof Diane Cox, director of research and head of graduate school who curated the programme said.
Other visiting speakers include Associate Professor Ron Broglio of Arizona State University Lincoln Centre for Applied Ethics, Professor Owen Nevin a carnivore and national park expert from CQ University in Australia and oceanography expert Prof John Wood who chairs the Swiss-based ATTRACT project advisory committee which aims to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.
“The university is able to attract experts with a wealth of knowledge which we hope will provide something of interest for everyone,” Prof Cox said.
Dates for the talks, which will be free and held at a variety of campuses, will be confirmed early in the New Year.