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‘The Public Sphere after Darwin: Popular Science Periodicals and the New Space for Debate’ Public Lecture


​​​Leeds Trinity University are proud to host the annual Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies (LCVS) Public Lecture with visiting Professor Bernard Lightman (York University, Canada).

What's happening?

The central question of this lecture is: how did popular science journals treat the topic of the relationship between science and religion from the 1860s to the 1880s in light of the creation of new spaces for debate in the general periodical press?

The joint LCVS and University of Leeds Victorian Research Seminar programme – of which the public lecture is the highlight - showcases the research work of Victorianists across the two institutions and beyond. Guests who register their attendance are invited to enjoy a wine reception at 5.30pm prior to the public lecture.

All are warmly welcomed to this event.


Thursday 22 February 5.30 – 7.30pm


Leeds Trinity University, Conference Suite, AG32/33

How to book?

Please email to confirm attendance at the public lecture, so we can ensure adequate catering for the occasion.

Further information

Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University, and will become President of the History of Science Society starting in early 2018. Lightman's research interests include nineteenth century popular science and Victorian scientific naturalism. Among his most recent publications are the edited and co-edited collections Global Spencerism, A Companion to the History of Science, and Science Museums in Transition. He is currently working on a biography of John Tyndall and is one of the editors of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project, an international collaborative effort to obtain, digitalize, transcribe, and publish all surviving letters to and from Tyndall.

You may also be interested in registering your attendance at the Science and Religion Masterclass​ – hosted by LCVS, on campus at Leeds Trinity University prior to the public lecture on Thursday 22 February 2018, 3.00 - 4.30pm. Please click the link for more details.​