Society membership was surveyed this year for their opinions on the content of annual meetings. Respondents stressed the role of the Society as a school/university interface, and so hoped for more contact with admissions tutors in the future. Others felt that organisations such as ALL offered teachers lectures in teaching methodology, and so felt that the Oliver Prior should concentrate on literature and philosophy in its programmes. Teachers also requested that a wider range of languages be represented in the meeting schedule – specific mention was made of Spanish and Russian.
The annual meeting took place at Jesus College, Cambridge on 25 and 26 March.
Friday 25 March
2.30pm Committee Meeting
3.15pm Tour of Jesus College
4.15pm Business Meeting
4.30pm French Medieval Stained Glass and Architecture, Mr John Ridler (Former Head of Modern Languages, Brighton College)
7.30pm Conference Dinner
9pm Opening the Windows: Film in the Classroom, Wendy Everett (University of Bath)
Wendy Everett is Reader in French and Film, and a Lecturer in the School of Modern Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath.
Saturday 26 March
9.30am Translating Dante, Dr Barbara Reynolds
Barbara Reynolds was General Editor of the Cambridge Italian Dictionary. As well as holding visiting professorships at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, Berkeley, Barbara Reynolds was sometime Reader in Italian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Beyond her academic career, she was Chair of the Dorothy L. Sayers Society. Barbara Reynolds celebrated her 100th birthday in Cambridge in June 2014.
11.30am Goethe, Paestum, and the Nature of Literary Biography, Dr Nicholas Boyle (Magdalene College, Cambridge)