Annual Lectures

Each year we hold three named lectures in honour of key figures in Wolfson's history the Ronald Syme Lecture, the Wolfson Haldane Lecture, and the Berlin Lecture. We hold other lecture series throughout the year. To find out more about when our next annual lecture is happening, please see our Calendar of Events.

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.

The Ronald Syme Lecture

The Ronald 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, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill and Professor Mary Beard.

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'. Learn more.

The Sarfraz Pakistan Annual Lecture

The Sarfraz Pakistan Annual Lecture, named in honour of the business-man Aamer Sarfraz, focuses on the history and culture of Pakistan. It brings together scholars, journalists and cultural commentators and provides an ideal opportunity for the College community to engage with South Asian culture. Past speakers include Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Christophe Jaffrelot, and William Dalrymple.

The Wolfson Lecture Series 2018-19: Diplomacy for the 21st Century

Diplomacy for the 21st century is a Wolfson College Lecture Series that will give insight into how diplomacy is done in a modern age and the vital work that the diplomatic service does in strengthening relationships across borders. 
Diplomacy for the 21st Century: An Asian Perspective
Diplomacy for the 21st Century: An African Perspective

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Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
May May
Asian Treasure Traditions Seminar
Tuesday 21 May - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

Anna Sehnalova Tuesday 21st May Seminar Room 3, 5.pm - 7pm, followed by dinner at Wolfson Title: Mountain Deities and Their Treasures: Possible Indigenous Origins of the Tibetan gTer ma tradition

Tuesday 21st May, Reinier Langelaar (IKGA, Austrian Academy of Sciences & Humboldt University of Berlin)

Wolfson College Seminar Room 3, 15:00 - 17:00

Lectures and Seminars
21 - 21
May May
Japan’s Energy Policy After The Fukushima Disaster
Tuesday 21 May - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Eight years on from the disastrous accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, how has the clean-up operation gone; what are Japanese attitudes to nuclear power; and what energy mix is right for a resource-poor economic superpower? Naomi Hirose has for many years been at the helm of The Tokyo Electric Power Company which runs Fukushima, and he is in Oxford, at Wolfson College, to set out his views, and to take all questions.

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
May May
Wolfson Lecture Series: Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Expanding the diplomati...
Thursday 23 May - 6:15pm to 7:15pm

Sir Peter Gluckman will deliver the lecture “Expanding the diplomatic toolkit: the further evolution of science diplomacy”.