News & Announcements

A series of six lectures to be delivered in academic session 2020–2021.  Dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.

John Polkinghorne, Anglican priest and respected theoretical physicist, has passed away at the age of 90. The news of his death was shared by Queens' College, Cambridge, where he served as president from 1988 to 1996. He remained an Honorary Fellow of the college until his death on March 12, 2021. 

From the Princeton University Anthropology news page:

We are sad to announce the passing of 1985 Gifford lecturer Freeman J. Dyson. Professor Dyson died on February 28, 2020, in Princeton, New Jersey. He was 96 years old.

His lectures, "In Praise of Divinity," can be found here.

University of Aberdeen

Robert N. McCauley, the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to be a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 2020-2021. More Information will be posted as it becomes available.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 18:15 to Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 18:15
Sir Charles Winston Lecture Theatre, 1 University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ

From the University of Glasgow:


23rd Lecture 1: The evolution of language: from speech to culture

"Judith Butler: When Killing Women Isn't a Crime"

Read philospher and author George Yancy's New York Times interview with 2018 Gifford Lecturer Judith Butler, in which she discusses her new book based on her 2018 Gifford Lectures, here.



Yancy: In what ways does your new book on nonviolence speak to questions regarding the vulnerability of women?

From the publisher:

Towards a form of aggressive non-violence–following on from Butler’s Precarious Life and Frames of War.

Situating non-violence at the cross-roads of the ethical and political, The Force of Non-Violence brings into focus the ethical binds that emerge within the force field of violence. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 17:15

From the University of St Andrews website: