Episodes
Wolfson College marks Black History Month 2020 with an engaging discussion with Britain's foremost experts on the history of black lives and communities in Britain. In this panel discussion we look at the deep and fascinating history of black individuals and communities in the UK, and how this history connects with and informs the concerns and goals of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Olivette Otele PhD, FRHistS is a Professor of History of Slavery and Memory of enslavement at the...
Published 11/05/20
Published 11/05/20
In this year's Haldane lecture, Professor Kathy Willis examines the newly emerging 'green health' scientific evidence-base. The lecture is introduced by the College President, Sir Tim Hitchens. It has long been recognized that nature, especially in cities, is more than just street furniture. It is relatively well-known that trees, shrubs and flowers can provide shade in the summer, removal of particulate matter from polluted air, and habitats for birds, insects and other city-dwelling...
Published 02/18/20
This Wolfson College Lecture Series aims to explore the socio-legal dimensions of our experience in courts, and with other forms of legal proceedings. In this lecture entitled "A Tale of Two Europes", The Rt Hon Lord Reed focuses on Law and Europe. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Published 11/25/19
Oscar-winning journalist, filmmaker and activist Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy delivers the Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture. The lecture is introduced by Sir Tim Hitchens, College President. Pakistan, a deeply patriarchal society is rapidly changing and women are at the forefront. This lecture explores the ways in which women across the country are working on the grassroots level to create spheres of influence pushing back on archaic laws, age old practice and using the Internet to arm themselves to have a...
Published 11/21/19
A speech given by Sir Richard Sorabji at the launch party for the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize Campaign.
Published 11/21/19
The 2019 Ronald Syme lecture was presented by Professor Alan Bowman and introduced by Sir Tim Hitchens. Alexandria was for many centuries, the largest and most important city in the eastern Mediterranean. This lecture explores how Rome tried to ensure its political stability which was crucial for its military control and economic interests in the east. This involved direct and indirect management by the imperial house of its role as the conduit through which the wealth of Egypt and the...
Published 11/13/19
Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former US Political Director and NATO Ambassador, delivered the final lecture in the Wolfson Lecture Series: Diplomacy in the 21st Century. He is introduced by Sir Tim Hitchens, College President. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/
Published 11/13/19
Sir Peter Gluckman, Former New Zealand Chief Scientific Advisor, presented the fourth Wolfson College Lecture in this series on modern diplomacy. The lecture was introduced by Sir Tim Hitchens. Science diplomacy has become much more than international science collaboration; it is primarily the intentional application of science (both natural and social) or scientific expertise in furtherance of diplomatic objectives. Structures for effective science diplomacies are often lacking; emerging...
Published 11/13/19
In the third 'Diplomacy for the 21st Century' Lecture, Sir Tim Hitchens concentrates on 21st-century diplomacy, and how it differs from 20th-century diplomacy Diplomacy for the 21st Century' is a Wolfson College Lecture Series that gives insight into how diplomacy is done in a modern age and the vital work that the diplomatic service does in strengthening relationships across borders. After 35 years working in diplomacy, Sir Tim considers how 21st-century diplomacy will be different from...
Published 11/13/19
The second Wolfson College Lecture in Diplomacy for the 21st Century was presented by Yamina Karitanyi, the current High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom . The lecture was introduced by College President, Sir Tim Hitchens. In the second lecture of the Diplomacy for the 21st Century Series, Karitanyi takes the ending of Rwanda's Presidency of the African Union as the starting point for a consideration of how Africa's perspectives will change global diplomacy in the...
Published 02/11/19
The 2019 Haldane Lecture was delivered by Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, on February 7th at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture was introduced by College President Sir Tim Hitchens. The thousands of genes in our DNA are translated by ribosomes - ancient, enormous molecular machines that read the genetic code to make the thousands of proteins that carry out the functions of life. Although the ribosome was discovered in the 1950s, unravelling its million atom structure...
Published 02/11/19
Wolfson College was honoured to have Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan, to present this year's Wolfson Lecture Series in Diplomacy for the 21st Century. The lecture was introduced by College President Sir Tim Hitchens. Tectonic plates are shifting in the world, nowhere more so than in earthquake prone East Asia. If the critical global relationship now is the US with China, then Asian Diplomacy will be a key determinant in global affairs this decade and beyond. This is not something happening...
Published 12/06/18
The 4th Aris Lecture in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies was delivered by Dr Sam van Schaik (British Library) on 15th November 2018 at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture was introduced by Professor Ulrike Roesler. Books of spells are a constant but little studied aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Used by lay people as well as monks and nuns, they contain a variety of rituals covering divination, healing and protection, making rain and stopping hail, and summoning and exorcising spirits and demons....
Published 12/06/18
The 2018 Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture was delivered by nuclear physicist Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy on October 18th at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture was introduced by College President Sir Tim Hitchens. Pakistan in 2018 elected as its new leader a crusading populist heading a young, inexperienced political movement. Widespread hopes for social change will soon clash with profound crises which are existential in nature. I will look at three issues where failure to find a path forward may imperil...
Published 12/06/18
The 2018 Ronald Syme Lecture was delivered by Professor Kathleen Coleman, James Loeb Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, on 1st November. The lecture was introduced by Wolfson College President Sir Tim Hitchens. After much jockeying between Rome and Parthia for control of Armenia, the Romans agreed to the reinstatement of the Parthian prince, Tiridates, on the Armenian throne, on condition that he be crowned at Rome by Nero. A surviving fragment of the Roman History of Cassius...
Published 12/06/18
The 2018 Wolfson Haldane Lecture was delivered by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell and introduced by Professor Philomen Probert. Stroke is the third greatest killer and causes massive disability, yet there are few effective treatments. It is caused by a disruption of blood flow to part of the brain resulting in a catastrophic cascade and death of vital brain cells (neurones). We showed that inflammation, not commonly associated with brain disease, is a major factor in brain damage caused by a...
Published 02/09/18
Professor Greg Woolf, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies at the University of London, gave this year's Ronald Syme Lecture at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture was introduced by Professor Philomen Probert. Romans told many myths of their civic inclusiveness, myths repeated from Machiavelli to modern times. The growth of their capital to a city of nearly a million has been understood as dependent on migrations of different kinds. Imperial Rome is often portrayed as a...
Published 11/03/17
Human rights lawyer and social activist Asma Jahangir gives the fourth annual Sarfraz Pakistan lecture. The lecture is introduced by Matthew McCartney. Pakistan has yet to fully comprehend that democracy cannot survive unless there are strong judicial machinisms that promote rule of law. Ironically, Pakistan's transition to democracy has invariably been disturbed by judicial intervention on the pretext of upholding rule of Law. This vicious cycle has undermined both the parliament and the...
Published 10/20/17
Writer and historian William Dalrymple gives the third annual Sarfraz Pakistan lecture. The lecture is introduced by Matthew McCartney.
Published 02/28/17
Raymond Pierrehumbert, holder of the Halley Professorship of Physics at Oxford, gives the 2017 annual Wolfson Haldane Lecture. The lecture is introduced by Hermione Lee, College President. The Proterozoic is the period of Earth history extending from approximately 2.5 billion years ago to 550 million years ago, and makes up something over half of all Earth history to date. It begins with a dramatic rise in oxygen in the atmosphere, global “snowball” glaciations, and major disturbances of the...
Published 02/28/17
Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, gives the opening talk at Wolfson College's 50th Anniversary celebration weekend The presentation was introduced by the College President, Dame Hermione Lee.
Published 08/15/16
The Annual Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture, Wolfson College, Oxford, 30 Nov 2015 Christophe Jaffrelot is Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and Research Director at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He also teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po (Paris) and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of CERI (Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po,...
Published 12/02/15
Ronald Syme Annual Lecture 2015 The Syme lecture is held every year in Michaelmas term, it was established in memory of the Roman Historian Sir Ronald Syme. Sir Ronald Syme was a Fellow of the College from 1970 until 1989. He is regarded as the twentieth century’s greatest historian of ancient Rome. Roger Bagnall’s lecture focused on the comparison between two males ‘ the councillor and the clerk’ from the Siwa Oasis, Ancient Egypt. The first case about a man named ‘Serenos’, the councillor,...
Published 11/18/15
Introducing a new strategic collaboration between Wolfson College and the Oxford e-Research Centre. A series of short informal talks to introduce members of the College to the range of work across the disciplines at the OeRC, with Acting President of Wolfson College, Christina Redfield The Wolfson Digital Research Cluster (Donna Kurtz, Director, Digital Research Cluster) The Oxford e-Research Centre (David De Roure, Director of the OeRC) Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Collaboration...
Published 11/16/15