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The Geddes Memorial Lectures

The Lecture commemorates Philip Geddes, who studied at St Edmund Hall and was a journalist of considerable promise. After graduating he joined the staff of the London Evening Standard, then moved to the staff of the Daily Express. In December 1983 he was in Harrods, the Knightsbridge store, when orders were issued for the building to be evacuated. Realising there was a story to be had, he went to investigate. He was killed by the blast from a bomb planted by the IRA. Philip Geddes was just 24. The Geddes Memorial Lecture is a chance for student journalists to meet prominent figures in the media world, and to hear their views on the state of journalism today.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Ian Hislop - Editor, Private Eye, in conversation with Helen Lewis, Deputy Editor, New Statesman In a change from the usual format the 2017 Geddes Lecture features Ian Hislop in conversation with Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman. Held on 3rd March 2017. Ian Hislop, Helen Lewis 13 Mar 2017
2 Creative Commons Breaking into the Boys' Club: Why British Politics Needs More Women With Westminister lobby journalism dominated by men, Anushka Asthana sheds light on what it takes for a woman to succeed in modern journalism. Anushka Asthana 08 Mar 2016
3 Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides - Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture BBC Presenter Evan Davis gives the 2014 Philip Geddes Memorial Lecture speaking on ‘Adversarial Journalism: seeing it from both sides.’ Evan Davis 26 Mar 2014
4 Creative Commons Trust and Free Speech: some reflections. This Geddes lecture, marking the 30th anniversary of Philip Geddes' death in the Harrods bombing is by the Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes CH, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Chairman of the BBC Trust. Chris Patten 28 Feb 2013