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13:15 - 13:55 11 February 2010

LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Jeremy Bentham and UCL: corpse and corpus


Darwin Lecture Theatre - accessed via Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free and open to anyone on a first-come first-served basis. Lectures can also be watched online or downloaded from UCL's iTunesU from 7 days after the event.
Ticketing: Open

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Professor Philip Schofield, UCL Bentham Project

What is Jeremy Bentham’s corpse doing in UCL's South Cloisters? Did he provide the financial backing for the foundation of UCL? Was he a professor in the Department of Laws? Does his ghost trundle around UCL at night? Does he attend Council meetings, and is he recorded in the minutes as ‘present, but not voting’? As for the corpus, this consists of 60,000 folios of manuscripts deposited in the UCL Library. For 50 years the Bentham Committee has been overseeing the editing and publication of a new edition of Bentham’s works. How is this extraordinarily large collection still relevant today? This lecture marks the anniversary of UCL’s foundation on 11 Feb 1826


Dan Martin
+44 (0)20 7679 7675 | dan.martin@ucl.ac.uk

Jeremy Bentham