The St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education has organised a Public Lecture to be given by Professor Sir Tom Devine on: THE DURKAN ACHIEVEMENT. This will take place in the University of Glasgow’s Sir Charles Wilson Building, 1 University Avenue, Glasgow on Monday 27 October 2014 at 5.00 p.m. The lecture will celebrate will celebrate the centenary of the birth Dr John Durkan, referencing particularly – but not exclusively – his work on schooling, universities and culture.
Dr John Durkan (1914-2006) was a Glasgow schoolteacher who built-up an international reputation in the field of Scottish cultural, intellectual and ecclesiastical history. A founding member of the Scottish Catholic Historical Association in 1950, he went on to contribute many seminal articles over the years to the Association’s biannual journal, The Innes Review. A specialist in the Renaissance and Reformation periods – his scholarship unstinting in its forensic detail – John Durkan made a huge contribution to our understanding of educational developments in Scotland, including the foundation and early years of the University of Glasgow. Awarded honorary degrees by both the Universities of Edinburgh (DLitt) and Glasgow (DD), his final book was published posthumously: Scottish Schools and Schoolmasters 1560-1633 (Scottish History Society, 2013). He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory by Pope St John Paul II in 1993.
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