Annual lectures

Each year we hold three named lectures in honour of key figures in Wolfson's history. We hold other lecture series throughout the year. 

The Ronald Syme Lecture

The Syme Lecture was established in memory of the eminent Roman historian, Sir Ronald Syme, OM, a Fellow of the College from 1970 until 1989, and widely regarded as the twentieth century's greatest historian of ancient Rome. Held in Michaelmas term, past speakers include Professor Dame Averil Cameron, Professor Susan Treggiari, Professor W. V. Harris, Professor Denis Feeney and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill.

The Wolfson Haldane Lecture

The Wolfson Haldane Lecture is given by a speaker of international standing in the field of science each Hilary Term. It is named after J. S. and J. B. S. Haldane, who carried out a number of pioneering experiments in the house that formerly stood on the College site. Past speakers include Sir Martin Evans, Professor V. S. Ramachandran and Sir Iain Chalmers.

The Berlin Lecture

Launched in 1990 to celebrate the 80th birthday of the College's Founding President, Sir Isaiah Berlin, the Berlin Lecture is in his own field of study, the history of ideas. Each Trinity Term, we welcome speakers of the stature of Professor Amartya Sen, Professor Roy Foster, Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Michael Ignatieff and  Baroness Helena Kennedy.

Trinity Term Annual Lecture Series

An annual Lecture Series takes place in Trinity Term with invited speakers from around the world. Past subjects have included 'War and Civilization'; 'Lives and Works';  'The Work of Music'; 'Climate Connections'.

The Sarfraz Pakistan Annual Lecture

In 2014, Wolfson inaugurated an annual lecture with a focus on Pakistan, The Sarfaz Pakistan  Lecture, named in honour of a generous donation for the lecture series received from a business-man with cultural interests, Aamer Sarfraz of Indus Holdings. The annual Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture is intended to be a major annual event in the UK to bring together scholars, journalists and watchers of Pakistan.  And it provides an ideal opportunity for the College to engage with South Asian alumni and significant figures connected to the region. In 2014, the speaker was Mehmood Khan Achakzai, in 2015 the speaker will be Christophe Jaffrelot and in 2016, it will be William Dalrymple.

The President's seminars

The College President hosts regular seminars for Wolfson researchers active at all levels and in all fields, providing an opportunity for students and fellows to discuss emerging research findings and exchange ideas.

Governing Body Fellows also give termly lectures on their current research.

You can listen to past lectures at Wolfson Podcasts, a growing repository of audio and video recordings that are free to download.

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11 September 2017

Professor Jacob Dahl took up the Associate Professorship in Assyriology, the study of the ancient written cultures of Mesopotamia at Oxford...

OCLW Awards Announcements Summer 2017
11 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the OCLW/ODNB research bursaries and Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship for 2017/2018.

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27 July 2017

The conference brought together scholars, curators, biographers, and dance practitioners to explore how people write about the lives of dancers...