Friday 21st January 2022, 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Richard Lyntton in conversation with Professor Mark Goodwin

The next event in the Languages in a Global World series is scheduled to take place as a Microsoft Teams Live Event.

Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Lisa Roberts, will introduce guest speaker, author and Exeter Alumn, Richard Lyntton. Richard will then be in conversation with Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, Professor Mark Goodwin and Professor Katharine Hodgson, Professor in Russian.

The conversation will be followed by a Q&A hosted by Professor Melissa Percival, Associate Dean of Global in the College of Humanities. Please note – school students will be invited to submit questions in advance of the event; our guest speaker will answer questions selected from those that are sent in.

For further information on the Languages in a Global World event series, please visit the website.

You can register your attendance for the above event via the Eventbrite page. The event will take place virtually, via Microsoft Teams Live. Registered attendees will receive joining instructions (including link) closer to the event.



Richard Lyntton was born Richard Bramford in Highgate London. He attended William Ellis School, Exeter University, Moscow State Linguistic University (Formerly Maurice Thorez Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages), and Sandhurst. Richard served as a captain and tank commander in the British Army in the first Gulf War; European Community Task Force Humanitarian Liaison in Russia; UNHCR Liaison Officer, and United Nations Military Observer (during heavy shelling and NATO airstrikes) in Sarajevo, Bosnia; and was a United Nations Television Producer in former Yugoslavia. He was called to testify at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague after witnessing and filming human rights atrocities and abuses in Bosnia. His films are archived at the Imperial War Museum, London. When he's not writing, Richard is a professional actor--you may have seen him as the Ringside Doctor in Creed 1. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, interior designer Michelle Wenitsky, and their two sons.

Professor Mark Goodwin leads on Global Engagement for the University. He is responsible for delivery of the University’s Global Strategy and has oversight of all of the University’s global activities, including student recruitment and global partnerships. Our growing portfolio includes significant strategic partnerships with international universities including the University of Queensland and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Mark joined the staff at Exeter in 2004, following his role as Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Exeter in 2013, having previously been Dean of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. He graduated in Geography from the University of Sussex, before completing his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Professor Katharine Hodgson graduated in Modern Languages (German and Russian), having started to learn Russian as an undergraduate. She visited the Soviet Union, first as an undergraduate, then as a postgraduate researcher, spending a winter in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) working on her doctoral dissertation on Russian poetry of World War Two. After holding a number of temporary posts she became a lecturer in Russian at Exeter in 1998. Her research is mainly concerned with twentieth-century Russian poetry, while her teaching ranges from Russian language to literature, culture, and history.