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Noted Cambridge Scholar to Deliver Harriot Lecture

Mark Nicholls, president of St. John’s College, Cambridge University, will deliver the 2008 Thomas Harriot Lecture, “Sir Walter Raleigh and the Elizabethan World of Thomas Harriot,” at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Science and Technology Building, Room OC-307.

Nicholls’ lecture will complete the 2007 – 2008 Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.


The presentation will be followed April 11 by an interdisciplinary symposium, “Sir Walter Raleigh and the Atlantic World,” which will feature Carol Levin speaking on “Queen Elizabeth in Love,” at 6 p.m. in Joyner Library. Other specialists in the life and times of Raleigh will present and on April 12, the symposium will relocate to the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo for additional events.

Both the lecture and symposium are free and open to the public.

Nicholls is a noted scholar of Sir Walter Raleigh and his associate, Thomas Harriot. He has authored several books on Raleigh and the Roanoke Voyages to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. His “Investigating Gunpowder Plot” provides a definitive history of the famous political conspiracy that landed Raleigh and a number of associates in the Tower of London.

He has also published a new edition of George Percy’s “Trewe Relacyon,” a journal of events in Jamestown during its formative years. He has authored, “A History of the Modern British Isles, 1529 – 1603: The Two Kingdoms,” and is completing a biography of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Nichols will also present two addresses on Sir Walter Raleigh in the fall semester of 2008. On Sept. 17 at Festival Park on Roanoke Island, he will present “Walter Raleigh in the Movies.” On Sept. 18 at ECU, he will present “The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and Our Contemporary Conspiracies.” Additional information on these events will be forthcoming.

For information on the lecture Series, visit or contact John Tucker at 328-1028.

For information on the interdisciplinary symposium on Sir Walter Raleigh and the Atlantic World, visit or call Tom Herron at 328-6413.


This page originally appeared in the April 4, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at