24th August 2005




Tickets are still available for the special debate on ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to be held next week at the University of Lincoln.


Debating the Da Vinci Code on Friday 2nd September is a free public event organised by the university's Department of Humanities and School of Theology with the participation of the School of Journalism.


The day will consist of three debates which cover the themes of Redemption, the ‘Real’ Da Vinci and Conspiracy.


Speakers will include The Dean of Lincoln Cathedral, The Very Reverend Dr Alec Knight, Catherine Welch, senior lecturer in English and specialist in medieval literature, and Robin Ramsay, author of ‘Conspiracy Theories: Almost Everything You Need to Know in One Essential Guide’.


There will also be an advanced preview screening of ‘Origins of the Da Vinci Code’, a new film by Henry Lincoln, co-author of ‘The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail’, a primary source upon which Da Vinci Code’ is based.


Tickets for ‘Debating the Da Vinci Code’ are free and available primarily from Ottakar’s bookshop, which is sponsoring the event, and from the cathedral shop.


As part of the sponsorship deal Ottakar’s is also generously donating £2,000 worth of books to the university library.


Those attending the event at the Lincoln School of Architecture, Brayford Pool are welcome to join the debate at any point throughout the day which starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm.



Debating the Da Vinci Code Programme


Friday 2nd September 2005

Lincoln School of Architecture, Brayford Pool, University of Lincoln



10.00 – 10.10am      Welcome and Introduction

                                 Professor Michael Earley, University of Lincoln


10.10 – 11.30am      First debate:    Redemption in ‘The Da Vinci Code’

                                 Chair:              Mike Gaughan, University of Lincoln     

                                 Speakers:       The Dean of Lincoln Cathedral

                                                        The Very Reverend Alec Knight

                                                        Reverend Dr Mark Hocknall, Canon Dr Mike West


11.45 – 12.30pm      Talk and Slideshow – The ‘Real’ Da Vinci

                                 Speakers:       Catherine Welch, University of Lincoln

                                                        Dr Philip Redpath, University of Lincoln


1.00 – 2.30pm          Second debate: Conspiracy

                                 Chair:             Professor Richard Keeble, University of Lincoln            Speakers:        Robin Ramsay, Author

                                                        Catherine Welch

                                                        Dr Tom Rogers, University of Sheffield

                                                        Barry Turner, University of Lincoln


2.45 – 3.45pm          Open Forum


4.00 – 5.00pm          Film screening: ‘Origins of the Da Vinci Code’ 

                                                            by Henry Lincoln





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(01522) 886244                       kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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