The William Belden Noble lectures for the year 1912-1913 will be given by the Right Reverend Canon William B. Boyd-Carpenter, formerly Bishop of Ripon, Yorkshire, England. William Belden Noble, in whose memory the lectures bearing his name were founded, was a prominent and popular member of the class of 1885. In 1888 he returned to Cambridge and studied for two years in the Episcopal Theological School, but on account of his health was forced to leave the school and abandon his ambition to be ordained as a clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1898 his wife, mindful of his unfinished aim, established the William Belden Noble Lectures.
The men who have given the lectures since that time have been as follows: 1898, Professor A. V. G. Allen '86, Professor F. G. Peabody '69, Rev. T. T. Munger '04, President W. DeW. Hyde '79, Rev. Henry Van Dyke '94, and Rt. Rev. Henry C. Potter '90; 1899, Professor George H. Palmer '64; 1900, the Very Rev. W. H. Freemantle; 1903, Rev. Washington Gladden; 1904, Rt. Rev. William Boyd-Carpenter; 1905, Rev. President C. Cuthbert Hall '97; 1907, Rt. Rev. Charles H. Brent; 1908, Rev. President H. Churchill King '83; 1910, Theodore Roosevelt '80; 1911, Dr. W. T. Grenfell h. '09.
The Rt. Rev. W. B. Boyd-Carpenter was born in Ripon in 1869. He has secured degrees from several English universities, and has worked for a time as a journalist. His chief interest, however, has been centered on social and industrial questions, he having worked for a time with the navvies on railway construction and during the building of the Manchester Ship Canal. More recently he has been engaged as one of the English representatives for the American Institute of Social Service. He delivered the Noble Lectures in 1904, his subject being "The Attitude of Jesus Christ Toward Foreign Races and Religions."
Neither the dates of the lectures nor their subject has been decided upon. They will probably begin about the middle of November.