*Please note that the 2019 schedule is currently incomplete, but will follow roughly the schedule below. 

From Monday through Friday the morning lectures at 9:30 and 11:00 will take place in the Court Room (Senate House, First Floor); the tea / coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Jessel Room (Senate House, First Floor). 

The seminars will be held in different locations around Senate House from 13:00 to 14.30, Monday through Friday. 

After the seminars, students and faculty often gather at a pub, The Lamb, 92 Lambs Conduit Street (near International Hall) to chat more informally about Eliot and the literary world.

Speakers, 2019

Sean O'Brien, Newcastle University - Award-winning British poet, critic and playwright Sean O'Brien will be opening this year's T.S. Eliot Summer School on 6 July. 

Dr Hannah Sullivan, University of Oxford - T.S. Eliot Prize winning poet Hannah Sullivan will be joining us to give a private reading and book signing.

Lecturers, 2019

Jewel Spears Brooker, Professor Emerita of Literature, Eckerd College: The Poet and the Cave-Man: Dialectical Modernism in Eliot's Postwar Poems

David Chinitz, Professor of English and Department Chair, Loyola University Chicago: "In Possession of Facts"

Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews: "The Passage Which We Did Not Take" 

Anthony Cuda, Director of the Summer School; Associate Professor and Associate Head, University of North Carolina, Greensboro: Belatedly, T.S. Eliot 

Julia Daniel, Assistant Professor of English, Baylor University: Eliot's Dwellings 

Nancy Fulford, Archivist for the T. S. Eliot Estate: The T.S. Eliot Collection: Work in Progress 

Robert Von Hallberg, Helen A. Regenstein Professor of English Language and Literature, Germanic Studies, Claremont McKenna College: "The Authority of Moments and Locations" Little Gidding

Elizabeth Micakovic, Deputy Director of the Summer School: T.S. Eliot and the Fall and Rise of the Public Intellectual in the Inter-War Period 

Rachel Potter, Professor of Modern Literature, University of East Anglia: T.S. Eliot, Censorship and Free Speech 

Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania: Tiresias' Divan: Lacan reads The Waste Land.

Jayme Stayer, S. J., Associate Professor of English, John Carroll University: Prufrock, Abandoned 

Joanna Rzepa, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex: Literary and Theological Modernisms: T.S. Eliot and the Modernist Heresy 

Saturday 6 July - Welcome

17:00-18:00                 Arrival and registration (Senate House, Crush Hall, Ground Floor);

Sign in, pick up programme packets.

18:00                           Welcome Ceremonies (Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor)

Clare Lees, Director, Institute of English Studies; Anthony Cuda, Director of the Summer School.

Opening address by award-winning British poet, critic and playwright, Sean O'Brien.

19:00                          Drinks reception and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the T. S. Eliot Foundation (Macmillan Hall, Ground Floor).

Sunday 7 July - Trip to Little Gidding

Trip to Little Gidding

8.30 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

11.00-17.00 -  The Annual T. S. Eliot Festival

A joint programme of the Eliot Summer School with the Friends of Little Gidding and the T. S. Eliot Society of the UK. Reading of Little Gidding and visiting the Chapel. Summer Lunch on the grounds.


Michael Hrebeniak (University of Cambridge), 'The Epoch of Space: The Waste Land as Collage.'

Mary Ann Lund (University of Leicester), "Meditating on Little Gidding, Part 1"

Robert Von Hallberg (Claremont McKenna College), The Annual Little Gidding lecture

Ali Smith (award-winning author of The Accidental, How to be Both, Autumn and many others), reading of Little Gidding

4:00      Afternoon tea, followed by departure

Monday 8 July

9:30                             Lecture 1

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Lecture 2

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

                                    Free evening in London / Social gathering in The Lamb.

Tuesday 9 July

9:30                             Lecture 3

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Lecture 4

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

Wednesday 10 July

9:30                             Lecture 5

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Lecture 6

12:15                           Lunch (generously sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press)

14:00-15:30                 Seminars                            

Thursday 11 July

9:30                             Lecture 7

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Lecture 8

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars       

Friday 12 July

9:30                             Lecture 9

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Lecture 10

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

18:30                           Dr Hannah Sullivan, winner of this year's T.S. Eliot Prize will be joining us to give a private poetry reading and book signing. At the London Library, 14 St. James’s Square; followed by a reception.

Saturday 13 July - Trip to Burnt Norton

9:00                             Departure for Burnt Norton (from International Hall)

12:00-16:00                 Picnic and walking the grounds and dry pools of Burnt Norton. Reading of Burnt Norton

The Annual Burnt Norton Lecture: Robert Crawford.


Sunday 14 July

Updated itinerary:

11:00                 Optional: Solemn High Mass at St. Magnus Martyr, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DN

12:00                 Optional: Unreal City Walking Tour (Note: time correction) Meet at Monument Tube Station for walking tour of Eliot’s City of London; cross London Bridge for feast and farewells at the George Inn. Please bring a bottle of water and a hat. We plan to stop to read relevant portions of The Waste Land in situ. Please tell Carey if you would like to read verses in your native language.   

Led by Carey Karmel and Mark Storey.