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.
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 Annual Aris Lecture
The Annual Aris Lectures were created in 2015 to celebrate Michael and Anthony Aris and their contributions to Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. The lectures take place in Michaelmas term and are organised by the Tibetan and Himalayan Studies Centre.
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 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
4 September 2019Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2020
Wolfson College together with the English Faculty announce Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2020.4 September 2019Philomen Probert's book on the Latin Accent published
Congratulations to Philomen Probert on the publishing of her book "Latin Grammarians on the Latin Accent: The Transformation of Greek Grammatical...26 July 2019Bryan Magee - Obituary
Bryan Magee, philosopher, writer, broadcaster, politician, died at St Luke's Hospital, Headington, on 26 July 2019 aged eighty-nine.
Lectures and Seminars20 - 20Sep SepBeyond the Picture: Calligraphy and the Arts of the Book in Sultanate IndiaFriday 20 September - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
A lecture by Eloïse Brac de la Perrière. Numerous fields of investigation await the attention of specialists of Sultanate India. In particular, the study of illustrated manuscripts offers many perspectives: the iconography, the text, and the book itself, including its materials and their assemblage. The calligraphy from this period has scarcely been studied, despite its marked peculiarities. Calligraphy also provides a bridge between the artistic, intellectual and spiritual fields.Conference01 - 03Oct OctFutures Thinking ConferenceTuesday 1 October - 8:30am to Thursday 3 October - 1:00pm
Futures Thinking is a TORCH research network that uses Humanities methodologies to think through future-oriented technologies and concerns. This conference seeks to explore the future of reading and narrative in relation to how questions of inequality, bias in programming and developing technologies are changing the way that human beings create and interact with narrative and the self.Networking04 - 04Oct OctRF/JRF Lunch TableFriday 4 October - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
RF/JRF informal lunch table in Hall (12:30-1:30pm). Wine and beer are served. Partners and children are welcome.