16th August 2005




Following the controversy surrounding Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, the University of Lincoln is organising a public event in conjunction with Lincoln Cathedral called ‘Debating the Da Vinci Code’.


The city and the cathedral have been thrust into the media spotlight as filming gets underway for the forthcoming adaptation starring Tom Hanks and Sir Ian McKellen.


Debating the Da Vinci Code will give people the chance to discuss (at a free public event) the issues raised in the book including Jesus’ relationship with Mary Magdalene and Christianity’s attitude towards women.

According to the Times newspaper the Catholic League has called for the director Ron Howard to include a disclaimer acknowledging that the events depicted in the movie are fiction.

The event being held in the University of Lincoln’s School of Architecture Building on Friday 2nd September from 10am till 5pm will get under way with an opening address by the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, the Very Reverend Alec Knight.

This will be followed by a presentation by Canon Dr Mike West and Dr Mark Hocknull from the School of Theology and Ministry Studies which will set the agenda for the day around the issues of faith and salvation in ‘The Da Vinci Code’.


Other key speakers include Catherine Welch, lecturer in English and specialist in medieval literature, and Robin Ramsay, author of the book, ‘Conspiracy Theories: Almost Everything You Need to Know in One Essential Guide’.


There will also be a showing of a film by Henry Lincoln, co-author of ‘The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail’ – a primary source upon which ‘The Da Vinci Code’ is based.


Tickets, which are free, will be available from Friday 19th August primarily from Ottakar’s Bookshop which is sponsoring the event and from the cathedral shop.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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