Memorial for Anna Siewierska
Date: 4 November 2011
On 4th November, a memorial was held for Professor Anna Siewierska, who died tragically in an accident while on holiday in Vietnam over the summer. The memorial was held in the Great Hall and was very well attended by colleagues from across the university as well as by colleagues visiting from other institutions.
Institutional and personal tributes were delivered by the Vice-Chancellor, Emma Rose, Elena Semino, Linda Woodhead, Hubert Cuyckens (Leuven), Francis Katumba and Paul Kerswill. Academic presentations were delivered by Greville Corbett (Surrey), Eva van Lier and Willem Hollmann. Geoff Leech, Emeritus Professor in the Linguistics Department, played three Chopin movements on the piano, while Paul Farley, Professor of Poetry, recited his poem 'A Minute's Silence'.The proceedings concluded with the Navarra String Quartert playing Ravel's String Quartet in F major.
Speakers paid tribute not only to Anna's outstanding research record but also to her warmth, vitality and collegiality - both within her department and in the wider university. The deep affection felt towards her and the high regard in which she was held across the university and beyond were evident throughout.
Associated departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language