The Don Fowler Memorial Lecture Series, since 2017 renamed the 'Fowler Lecture’, was founded in 2000 in in memory of former Classics Fellow of Jesus, Don Paul Fowler, who died in 1999 at the age of 47. The annual lecture series in his name, hosted by Jesus College and inaugurated by a lecture delivered in May 2001 by Professor Stephen Hinds of the University of Washington, has established itself as the foremost public lecture series on Latin literature worldwide. Don was a wide-ranging and original classicist, and a much-loved tutor at Jesus. Best known for his work on the Roman poet Lucretius, he was a powerful influence on the way Latinists still think and write about their subject. The Lecture Committee meets annually to select and invite speakers from the UK and abroad, and the lectures are held early in the Trinity Term. Don was keen to encourage classicists from all backgrounds and at all stages of their career; to date all Lecturers have been Don’s former colleagues, friends, or students.

Fowler Lecturers and Titles 

2001
Stephen Hinds, Washington
‘On Cinna, Statius, a good book, and a des. res.’

2002 
Gordon Campbell, Maynooth.
‘Fragments and "The Ruin of Time”.’

2003
Ellen Oliensis, Berkeley.
‘What Scylla Wants: Freudian Questions in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.’

2004
Andrew Laird, Warwick.
‘Recognising Virgil.’                                   

2005
Maria Wyke, UCL.
‘Julius Caesar in western culture: from Lucan to Las Vegas.’ 

2006 
Denis Feeney, Princeton.
‘Founding and refounding the city of Rome: historiography ancient and modern.’

2007
Alessandro Barchiesi, Stanford.
'Ennius and the dark virgin.'

2008
Efi Spentzou, Royal Holloway.  
‘Travelling to Forget: space and memory in Statius’ Thebaid’.

2009
Alessandro Schiesaro, Rome.
‘Lucretian Metamorphoses.’                 

2010 
Mary Beard, Cambridge
‘Playing the Fool: the scurra in Rome.’

2011
Leah Tomkins, Birkbeck.
‘The Myth of Narcissus: How Ovid can help with the problem of subjectivity’.

2012
Corey Brennan, Rutgers.
‘The fame of Hadrian.’

2013
Emily Gowers, Cambridge
‘Maecenas and the women.’

2014
Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania
‘Juno’s Aeneid.’

2015 
Catharine Edwards, Birkbeck.
‘The philosopher as epic hero: Augustan poetry in Seneca’s letters.’

2016 
Alison Sharrock, Manchester.
‘Interpretation and the Metaphor of Authority’.

2017
David Scourfield, NUI Maynooth.
'Fragmentations and Forgettings: (An)atomising Classics in English Modernist Fiction.'