Who we are
The Cornelian society is a lecture group that was formed in 1960 by three university graduates and named after the legendary Cornelia Gracchus, a famous and influential Roman woman of the second century BC. She was renowned for her political and business acumen as well as her admirable family values. It is said that while other women flaunted their glittering jewellery, she claimed her sons to be her most valuable possessions.
Inspired by this legendary icon, the Cornelian Society seeks to provide a forum for lectures by experts that are not just interesting and entertaining but also intellectually stimulating and challenging - covering a wide range of subjects.
Meetings are held at the Bryanston Country Club on the second Tuesday of each month, February to November, at 9.30am. Each lecture and question time lasts about one hour and is followed by a delicious tea served at round tables. The ladies have the opportunity to talk to the lecturer and also to discuss what they have experienced whilst they have their tea.
Speaker Programme - Coming up...
We will continue to have stimulating speakers this year and hopefully talks that the menfolk will feel that they cannot miss.
Tel: 011 706 7392
Cell: 082 779 0389
The Cornelian Society
PO Box 2360 Parklands
Membership is on application and guests are most welcome. Please contact us for more details.
Dates of upcoming Meetings in 2019
Noteworthy Past Lectures
The White House Correspondent: Andrew Manderstam
The Zapiro litmus test and other books of importance: Bridget Impey
The National Sea Rescue Institute: Jane Burgess
From Paraplegic to Dakar: Joey Evans
The Music Guru - Sean Brokensha
13 The Power of Ideas - Dr Frans Cronje
The SA Firefighter - Trevor Phillips
Selwyn Klass - Through Childhood to the Throne: The 65 Year Reign of Queen Elizabeth
Ian Thompson - The Annual Migration and Crossing of the Wildebeest in the Serengeti
Davis Kinghorn - The lighthouse Stevensons
Jodi Bieber - Between Darkness and Light
Adv. John Myburgh SC - US Presidential Elections with an eye on the 2016 Elections
Sven Kreher - The Bateleurs
Joey Rasdien - A Morning of Fun and Laughter
Mike Worthington - Bank Fraud
Ros Lamont - Sex in Victorian Fiction – Ruth Smithers, a Pastors wife
Prof Jonathan Jansen - The State of Education in SA
Dr Kelly Marnewick - Captive Cheetahs and Lions in SA
Prof Phillip Tobias - The Nature of Man
Patricia Glyn - Walking in the Footsteps of Sir Richard
Lauren Beukes - Extraordinary Women from SAs Past
Ria Milburn - Alaska the Last Frontier
Leonie Joubert - Scorched: SA's Changing Climate