On Tuesday 15 November the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and the Learned Society of Wales will host the annual Edward Lhuyd Lecture, an event which celebrates Welsh-language learning.
Professor E. Wyn James will deliver the lecture in Cardiff University’s Council Chamber at 5:30pm.
As well as offering a stage to some of Wales’ brightest academics, the lectures are a means of strengthening the Welsh-medium academic community.
William Salesbury, a preeminent scholar of the Welsh language and its literature, is the subject of the 2016 lecture. As well as his part translating the New Testament, he was the pioneer of printing in Welsh.
In the first Welsh book he published, around 1547, he proclaims his ‘manifesto’ for the people of Wales.
In this lecture, Professor E. Wyn James will ask what Salesbury and his manifesto have to teach us in today’s modern Wales.
Until his retirement in 2015, E. Wyn James was professor in the School of Welsh, Cardiff University, and co-Director of the Centre for Welsh American Studies.
Dr Ioan Matthews, Chief Executive of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, said:
‘‘We look forward to welcoming Professor E. Wyn James this year and to hear more about one of Wales’ most influential figures in Welsh history. I would like to thank the Learned Society of Wales for their support in organising this annual lecture and take advantage of the opportunity to encourage those interested to attend.’’
Professor M. Wynn Thomas, Vice President of the Learned Society of Wales and chairman of the 2016 lecture, added:
“It is an honour for the Learned Society of Wales to support a lecture which holds fast the best of today’s scholarship with the memory of Edward Lhuyd, Wales’ most brilliant scholar.”
Entry to the lecture is free with a ticket, available from bit.ly/DarlithEL or 02920 109020.