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.
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Concert and Plays18 - 18Jan JanJon Stallworthy Poetry PrizeThursday 18 January -5:30pm to 7:00pm
The third Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, organised by Wolfson College in conjunction with the English Faculty will be awarded at an event in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium at 5.30pm on 18 January. The theme set for this year's poems is 'Stealing', and the winner will receive £1,000. The judges are Oxford's Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage and the poet Professor Bernard O'Donoghue.Parties and Dinners18 - 18Jan JanGuest NightThursday 18 January -7:00pm to 10:00pm
Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during term time and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart, no gowns. Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.
Guest Night Price ListClubs & Societies18 - 18Jan JanLGBTQ Movie Night - The Handmaiden (2016)Thursday 18 January -7:30pm to 10:00pm
There will be a film screening at 7:30pm in the Auditorium, and then a reception with refreshments and snacks in the Florey room afterwards to discuss the film.