At the invitation of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Professor Gerard Carruthers, from the University of Glasgow, delivered the lecture of "Adventures of a Robert Burns Scholar" in the lecture hall 101 on April 2, 2018.
On behalf of the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Professor Lü Hongling extended a warm welcome to Professor Carruthers, and introduced him to the audience.
As an expert on Scottish literature and a leading scholar in the study of Robert Burns, Professor Gerard Carruthers began his lecture with a wealth of insight into Robert Burns-related researches. In his lecture, he especially talked about the facsimiles and forgeries of Robert Burns' Works, which were interspersed with reviews of some of Robert Burns' songs or poetry, as well as the poet’s life stories. By describing the communication between Burns fans and him, he emphasized that a scholar should have his own politics in studies.
Professor Carruthers's humorous lecture evoked occasional bursts of laughter. After the lecture, Professor Carruthers answered questions raised by the teachers and students. Finally, Professor Lü concluded the lecture with a brief summary and thanked Professor Carruthers again for his lecture, which would provide a new perspective for the future researches on Scottish literature, esp. on Robert Burns.