The Gomes Lecture

The Gomes Lecture is held annually in admiration of the late Reverend Professor Peter J Gomes of Harvard University, Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College.

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The Gomes Lecture was established in 1997 by Kenneth R and Cynthia Wight Rossano, of Boston, Massachusetts, and their daughter Mary Penelope King Rossano – a graduate of Harvard and Cambridge – as a gift to the College. Through an occasion of intellectual significance, it strengthens the ties uniting John Harvard’s alma mater to Harvard University, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Cynthia and her late father, George Earle Wight, OBE, KStJ, MD, CM, FAMA, who was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to medicine, were born in Canada; the lectureship lives on in Professor Gomes’ name, and in joyful celebration of those who have gone before.


Gomes Lecturers

  • 2019 Edmund de Waal: In Touch: Objects, Families, Stories
  • 2018 Adam Nicholson: Seabirds: Planetary Sentinels
  • 2017 Lord Winston: The Dark Side of Genetics (pp. 36-54)
  • 2016 Tim Knox: The Stripping of the Country House (pp. 32-45)
  • 2015 Professor Linda Colley: A Changing Magna Carta: Present, Past, and Future (pp. 30-42)
  • 2014 Lord Berkeley of Knighton
  • 2013 Sandy Nairne
  • 2012 Lord Rees of Ludlow
  • 2010 Professor Alison Richard
  • 2009 The Reverend Professor Peter Gomes
  • 2008 The Very Reverend Colin Slee
  • 2007 Baroness James of Holland Park
  • 2006 Sir Eric Anderson
  • 2005 Lord May of Oxford
  • 2004 Sir Edward George
  • 2003 Professor David Ford
  • 2002 Neil MacGregor
  • 2001 Christopher Lee
  • 2000 Professor John Polyani
  • 1999 Professor Amartya Sen