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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Public Engagement

Crowd of attendees at Open Day, viewed from above

The MMLL Annual Lecture

The MMLL Annual Lecture is a yearly event which is free of charge and open to the public. These lectures form part of the annual University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Over the course of two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas offers hundreds of free, dynamic events located all across town. MMLL has participated with a variety of lectures and offers audiences the opportunity to learn about cutting edge research in linguistics and languages topics.

Past Lectures

2019: "French Studies in Cambridge - Past, Present and Future", given by Professor Michael Moriarty

2018: "Multilingualism and Language Learning - Exploring the Boundaries, Rethinking the Extremes", given by Thomas H. Bak

2017: "Encountering Brexit - Perspectives and Challenges", panel event includes: David Champion (Harvard Business Review), Hans Kundnani (Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund), Oreluwa Ogunbiyi (President, Cambridge University African Caribbean Society), Robert Wintemute (Professor of Human Rights Law, King’s College London), Margret Wintermantel (President, German Academic Exchange Service), chaired by Baroness Garden of Frognal.   

2016: "Language as a Tool for a Foreign Correspondent", given by Bridget Kendall MBE

2015: "Learning Languages: the Premier League", given by Bernadette Holmes MBE and Steve Eadon.

2014: "The Vanishing Monolingual - why the ability to speak other languages is defining success for the 21st Century", given by Bernadette Holmes MBE.


The Cambridge Festival of Ideas

2016: "Movement and Metamorphosis - Translating Kafka." This lecture was given in collaboration by: Professor Duncan Large, University of East Anglia; Dr Lucia Ruprecht, University of Cambridge; Professor Andrew J Webber,  University of Cambridge and Dr John R Williams, University of St Andrews.