The Hillside Club Lectures & Author Talks series hosts readings and talks
by prominent authors, scholars and other speakers.
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About the lectures:
As one astute commentator has remarked:
‘People on the Continent either tell the truth, or lie; in England they hardly
ever lie, but they would not dream of telling the truth’. Avoiding the truth at
all costs lies at the heart of English humor, dinner table harmony, and
diplomacy. Only in literature or on the stage does an Englishman dare to speak
his mind. From the stage of the venerable Hillside Club, what will a native Londoner have to say about the things we in
America hold dear as iconic symbols of his country - the comfort of teatime,
the security of the monarchy, the social script provided by the landed gentry,
and the escapist narratives of popular music. In a series of four discrete
lectures which may be taken together or independently, Nicholas Friend will present an
insider's view of the peculiarities of his native culture. As a cultural
historian, he has more to say than most.
About the presenter:
NICHOLAS FRIEND is a British historian whose chief interest is in the inter and cross-disciplinary cultural context of Georgian and Victorian England. He received an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Oxford, and a Diploma with Distinction in the History of the Fine and Decorative Arts from The Study Centre, London. He was awarded an honorary M.A. by the University of Cambridge for his work teaching European Art and Architectural History in the Extra-Mural Department of the University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was the Founder-Director of the Spring Seminars of the English-Speaking Union and of Cambridge University’s Art History Summer School 1987-2012. In 1986 he co-founded Inscape, one of London’s leading cultural societies dedicated to interdisciplinary teaching in the arts. In 2013 he co-founded and presents the ‘Culture in Question’ lecture series held throughout the year in the Art Workers’ Guild, Bloomsbury, London. He has lectured for the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection, London, the British Museum, Sotheby’s Education, the London Handel Society, and the Wynkyn de Worde Society. His consultancy work with the business community has included organisations as diverse as Grosvenor Estates, IBM, BlackRock Investments, Radisson Edwardian Hotels, and Cranfield Business School. In August 2016, the North Berkeley Forum will present Nicholas Friend at the Hillside Club in a series of four discrete lectures on British Icons. In them, he plans to address the question of particular, if not peculiar, characteristics of ‘Englishness’ as exemplified in a sampling of widely recognised cultural icons.