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Fascinating Speakers, Cutting Edge Science Hear about the latest scientific discoveries - from the world's foremost experts. Throughout the year, HMNS hosts a variety of distinguished lecturers to enhance your understanding of a current exhibition or provide new perspectives on captivating topics. The HMNS Distinguished Lecture Series is generously sponsored by the Favrot Fund. Tickets $18 | Members $12 unless otherwise noted. A Universal Charter? The Legacy Of The Magna Carta By Sir Robert Rogers Wortham Giant Screen Theatre Cast your mind back to a summer's day on the River Thames, nearly eight centuries ago. Twenty-five barons wait, under fluttering pennants, for King John to round the bend in the river. The events of that day underpin our modern concepts of liberty, freedom and justice. But why, and how? How did Magna Carta come about? What distinguished it from other Great Charters of early mediaeval times? What did it really say and why? How did it then become embedded in the consciousness of the people of England before travelling the world? And most importantly, what does it mean for us today? Sir Robert Rogers is the Clerk of the British House of Commons—an office that dates back to 1363. He is well used to the ways in which the old lives with the new: one of his tasks is to endorse Parliamentary Bills in Norman French—but they are prepared using some of the most advanced text-handling software in the world. Sir Robert is an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn of Court (the Temple Church plays a part in the story of Magna Carta). He is the joint author of "How Parliament Works," now going into its 7th edition, and author of two miscellanies about the British Parliament, "Order! Order!" and "Who Goes Home?" This lecture is cosponsored by Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.