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Johnson Society of London

Programme October 2019 – April 2020

5 October

1.00 pm. Committee Meeting

2.30 pm. London on £300 a year

Professor F P Lock (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario)

Chair: Miriam Al Jamil

16 November

“Lashing the wind”: Johnson and language change

Lane Greene (The Economist)

Chair: Dr Catherine Dille

14 December

12 noon. The Annual Commemoration at Westminster Abbey, by courtesy of the Dean and Chapter. A wreath will be laid on Johnson’s grave by John Byrne.

12.45 for 1.00 pm at St Ermin’s Hotel: the Society’s annual luncheon (see separate booking form).

3.00 pm The Richard Thrale Memorial Lecture:

My life with Sam: fifty years of collecting, remembering and celebrating Samuel Johnson around the world

John Byrne

Chair: Michael Bundock

11 January

“Immense stores of every kind of merchandise piled up for sale”: Johnson negotiates the consumer capital

Dr Catherine Dille

Chair: Christine Rees

8 February

12.30 pm. Committee Meeting

2.30 pm. The Age of Johnson? Age and Johnson

Professor Clare Brant (King’s College, London)

Chair: Celine Luppo McDaid

14 March

1.30 pm. Annual General Meeting

2.30 pm. Dr Johnson, francophobia and the Haymarket Theatre riot of October 1738

Dr Robert Kenny (Leicester University)

Chair: Christopher Broadhurst

4 April

Colley Cibber as Boswell’s catalyst

Professor Lois Potter (University of Delaware)

Chair: Miriam Al Jamil

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