Leslie Marchand Lecture Series

After the death of Professor Leslie A. Marchand (1900-1999), the Byron Society of America established an annual lecture to honor his memory. These lectures are free, open to the public, and followed by a reception.

The Marchand Lecture Series, 2000-2016

Darkness Visible: Byron and Das Hungerjahr, Switzerland, 1816  – 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 21, 2016, New York Public Library, Trustees Room

Gillen D’Arcy Wood

Author of Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World (Princeton University Press, 2014), et al.


Professor of English, University of Illinois

Celebrating Lady Byron’s Life and Ada Lovelace’s Day – Friday, October 16, 2015, Fordham U.

Julia Markus

Author of Lady Byron and Her Daughters


Director of Creative Writing at Hofstra University

Byron and Hazlitt: Inclining Their Ears Towards Each Other

Charles E. Robinson
Emeritus Professor of English
University of Delaware
Friday, March 13, 2015
CUNY Graduate Center

Selecting Byron

Alice Levine
Professor of English
Hofstra University
Friday, April 11, 2014
Drew University

Why Should the 21st Century Read Byron?

Peter W. Graham
Professor of English
Virginia Tech
July 26, 2010
Northeastern University
in conjunction with the
36th IBS Conference on “Byron and the Book”

Byron, Beethoven, Napoleon, and the Ideals of the French Revolution

John Clubbe
Professor Emeritus
University of Kentucky
7th Annual Leslie A. Marchand
Memorial Lecture
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Reception 5:30 p.m. • Lecture 6:00 p.m.
DePaul Student Center, Room 314, Lincoln Park Campus
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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The Delirium of the Brave: Byron and the United Irishmen

Malcolm M. Kelsall
Professor of English, Cardiff University
Friday, 30 September 2005
University of Delaware

“Byron in my Life”

Romulus Linney
Dramatist and author of Childe Byron
Friday, 8 October 2004
University of Delaware

Three Byronic Heros: Leslie Marchand, Don Juan and Don Quixote

Carl Woodring
Woodberry Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Columbia University
Friday, 3 October 2003
University of Delaware

Byron from the Sidelines

John R. Murray
Chairman, John Murray, Publishers, London
Friday, 25 October 2002
University of Delaware

The Moods of Lord Byron

Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Honorary Professor of English, University of St. Andrews
Thursday, 9 August 2001 (in conjunction with the 27th International Byron Conference)
University of Delaware

Romantic Scholarship and Culture, 1960-2000: A Byronic View

Jerome J. McGann (lecture)
The John Stewart Bryan University Professor, University of Virginia, and The Thomas Holloway Professor of Victorian Studies, Royal Holloway College, University of London
Friday, 6 October 2000
University of Delaware