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Wolfson is the largest graduate college in Oxford. Their diverse student body has a wide spread of disciplines and nationalities. The College, founded in 1966 by Isaac Wolfson under the presidency of Isaiah Berlin, is both traditional and unconventional, forward-thinking and friendly.

Series associated with Wolfson College

Isaiah Berlin Centenary
The Isaiah Berlin Lecture
The Leonard Woolf Symposium
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
Wolfson College Podcasts
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Koh-i-Noor: the Real Jewel in the Crown Writer and historian William Dalrymple gives the third annual Sarfraz Pakistan lecture. The lecture is introduced by Matthew McCartney. William Dalrymple 28 Feb 2017
2 Why the 'Boring Billion' is the most interesting billion years in Earth History 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. Raymond Pierrehumbert 28 Feb 2017
3 What is the point of universities? Lord Patten, Chancellor of Oxford University, gives the opening talk at Wolfson College's 50th Anniversary celebration weekend Chris Patten 15 Aug 2016
4 Cosmopolitan Contamination - learning world citizenship Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University, delivers the 50th Anniversary Annual Berlin Lecture. Kwame Anthony Appiah 16 Jun 2016
5 Creative Commons Politics and Conflicts, Silence in the Archives Panel 2b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Rhea Sookdeosingh, Helen Mathers, Stephenie Woolterton 14 Jun 2016
6 Creative Commons Theatre and Performance, Silence in the Archives Panel 2a This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Luisa Calè, Kate Newey 14 Jun 2016
7 Expressing the Private Self - Silence in the Archives conference Panel 3a This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Lorraine Paterson, Mary Seton Watts, Kathryn Gleadle, Rhea Sookdeosingh 17 Feb 2016
8 Creative Commons Silencing Poetic Voices, Silence in the Archives Panel 1b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Elaine Bailey, Jordan Lavers, Mary Breen 17 Feb 2016
9 Creative Commons Representation, Reputation and Manipulation - Silence in the Archives Panel 1a This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Sonia De Loreto, Baptiste Moniez, Catherine Delafield, Susan Civale 17 Feb 2016
10 Creative Commons Censorship and Self-censorship: Revisiting the Belt Case in the Making of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933) Silence in the Archives Conference Keynote Address Keynote lecture at the Silence in the Archives conference, held at Wolfson College on 7th November 2015.The speaker is Karen Hunt, University of Keele (LWA). Chaired by Kathryn Gleadle, Mansfield College, Oxford. Karen Hunt, Kathryn Gleadle 17 Feb 2016
11 Creative Commons Male memory, female subject: the case of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft Silence in the Archives Conference Keynote Address Keynote talk for the Silence in the Archives conference, held at Wolfson College on 7th November 2015, with Janet Todd, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Janet Todd 17 Feb 2016
12 Creative Commons Rewriting the Self, Silence in the Archives Conference Panel 3b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Susan Civale, Elizabeth Denlinger, Ceylan Kosker, Alexis Wolf 16 Feb 2016
13 Creative Commons Memoir and Mortality, Silence in the Archives Conference Panel 4a This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Wendy Jones, Sophie Coulombeau, Joetta Harty 16 Feb 2016
14 Creative Commons Documenting Displacement, Silence in the Archives Conference Panel 4b This podcast is one of ten podcasts recorded at the 'Silence in the Archives' conference hosted by the Oxford Centre of Life-Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford on 7 November 2015. Molly Mann, Carrie Crockett, Lorraine Paterson 16 Feb 2016
15 The US – Pakistan Relations under Obama: Resilience of Clientelism? The Annual Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture, Wolfson College, Oxford, 30 Nov 2015 Christophe Jaffrelot 02 Dec 2015
16 Creative Commons The Councillor and the Clerk Ronald Syme Annual Lecture 2015 Roger Bagnall 18 Nov 2015
17 What is e-Research? Introducing the Wolfson College Digital Research Cluster Introducing a new strategic collaboration between Wolfson College and the Oxford e-Research Centre. Christina Redfield, David De Roure, Andrew Richards, Wesley Armour 16 Nov 2015
18 Creative Commons Is there another economic crash on the way? Sir Vince talks about some of the issues raised in his latest book 'After the Storm' Vince Cable 29 Oct 2015
19 The nature of the beast: Genetic evidence for Yeti, Bigfoot and other mystery creatures Bryan Sykes, Professor of Human Genetics, describes how he located and analysed as many DNA samples as possible with links to the Yeti. In doing so, he found himself entering a strange world of mystery and sensationalism, fraud and obsession. Bryan Sykes 10 Jul 2015
20 European security and defence: a personal account from Latvia’s perspective President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, renowned politician, diplomat, and former President of Latvia (1999-2007), talks autobiographically about her life and career. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga 19 Jun 2015
21 Creative Commons The Origin of Our Species Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in Human Origins at the Natural History Museum, London, gave the 2015 Haldane Lecture at Wolfson College, Oxford. He discusses how we are mostly, but not entirely, 'Out of Africa'. Chris Stringer 10 Mar 2015
22 The Rhetoric of 'The Roman Revolution' A lecture given by Professor Christopher Pelling, Oxford Regius Professor of Greek, is the first annual Syme Lecture to address the work of the great historian of Ancient Rome himself. Christopher Pelling 14 Nov 2014
23 Pakistan is a viable and not a failed state if...? Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Leader and the Chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, delivered the inaugural Sarfraz lecture on October 30th 2014, at Wolfson College, Oxford. Mehmood Khan Achakzai 14 Nov 2014
24 The First Fall of the Roman Empire Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics & History at Stanford University, gave the 2013 annual lecture held in memory of eminent Roman historian Sir Ronald Syme Lecture. The lecture was introduced by College President, Hermione Lee. walter scheidel 28 May 2014
25 Creative Commons Who buried the bodies? Kamila Shamsie, the Pakistani-born author of books including In the City by the Sea and Burnt Shadows, gives a talk as part of the 2014 Wolfson Lecture series on 'New Challenges for South Asian Writing in the 21st Century'. Kamila Shamsie 28 May 2014
26 Creative Commons Janus: At the mirror wall Romesh Gunesekera, the celebrated British/Sri Lankan author of the Booker-prize nominated 'Reef', presents the first of the 2014 Wolfson Lecture series on 'New Challenges for South Asian Writing in the 21st century'. romesh gunesekera 28 May 2014
27 Creative Commons DNA USA: a genetic portrait of America Based on his latest book, Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University, gave a public lecture at Wolfson College exploring the rich ancestral tapestry of the American nation. Bryan Sykes 28 May 2014
28 Creative Commons Pluralism and Human Rights The 2014 Isaiah Berlin lecture was given by highly respected philosopher and crossbench peer, Baroness Onora O’Neill. The Lecture was introduced by the President of Wolfson College, Dame Hermione Lee. Onora O'Neill 28 May 2014
29 Anna Akhmatova reading her poems about Isaiah Berlin in Oxford in 1965 The podcast is in russian. This short recording includes Cinque and a number of other poems inspired by her meetings with Isaiah Berlin. Anna Akhmatova 23 May 2014
30 From Memory: Isaiah Berlin, Literary Encounters and Life-Stories Wolfson's President, Professor Hermione Lee, gave an evocative lecture at Lincoln's Inn, London, entitled 'From Memory: Isaiah Berlin, Literary Encounters and Life-Stories' Hermione Lee 01 May 2014
31 Creative Commons In conversation with Steven Pinker Experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist, and popular science author Steven Pinker fields questions from Graduate students at Wolfson College. Steven Pinker, Charumati Raghavan, Mengyin Jiang, Florence Enock 11 Mar 2014
32 Creative Commons The better angels of our nature: A history of violence and humanity Steven Pinker gives a compelling account of the unacknowledged worldwide decline of violence in the 2014 Haldane Lecture Steven Pinker 06 Mar 2014
33 The Origins of Cultural History 1; Two Notions of the History of Culture: the German Versus the French Tradition Isaiah Berlin gives the first of his lectures on The Origins of Cultural History on February 19th 1973. Isaiah Berlin 31 Jul 2013
34 The Origins of Cultural History 2; Geisteswissenschaft and the Natural Sciences: Vico versus Descartes Isaiah Berlin gives the second of his lectures on the origins of cultural history. Isaiah Berlin 31 Jul 2013
35 The Origins of Cultural History 3; The Origins of the Conflict: Political Lawyers, Classical Scholars, Narrative Historians Isaiah Berlin gives the third and final lecture on the origins of cultural history. Isaiah Berlin 31 Jul 2013
36 Two Enemies of Enlightenment: 2; Joseph de Maistre Isaiah Berlin gives a lecture on Joseph de Maistre on October 27th 1965. Isaiah Berlin 31 Jul 2013
37 Two Enemies of Enlightenment: 1; J G Hamann Isaiah Berlin gives a lecture on J G Hamann on October 26th 1965. Isaiah Berlin 31 Jul 2013
38 The Village in the Jungle as colonial memoir: Woolf writing home Victoria Glendinning (biographer of Leonard Woolf) Introduced by Hermione Lee (biographer of Virginia Woolf) gives the closing plenary for the The Leonard Woolf Symposium. Victoria Glendinning, Hermione Lee 24 Jun 2013
39 The Village in the Jungle Roundtable A discussion of key passages from Leonard (and possibly Virginia) Woolf, led by Hermione Lee (Oxford), Anna Snaith (KCL), Elleke Boehmer (Oxford), David Trotter (Cambridge), Susheila Nasta (OU), Nisha Manocha (Wolfson). Hermione Lee, Anna Snaith, Elleke Boehmer, David Trotter 24 Jun 2013
40 Indigenous Tradition and the Western Imagination: Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle Chandani Lokuge (Monash University, Australia) gives the opening keynote talk for the Leonard Woolf's The Village in the Jungle symposium. Chandani Lokuge 24 Jun 2013
41 Creative Commons Living in a Quantum World Wolfson Fellow Professor Vlatko Vedral delivered a lecture on March 12th 2013 at the Royal Society in London. His presentation includes discussion of the applications of quantum physics in other areas of science and technology. Vlatko Vedral 04 Apr 2013
42 Creative Commons Making Science Work Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, presents the 2013 Wolfson Haldane Lecture. The speaker is introduced by College President, Hermione Lee. Paul Nurse 18 Feb 2013
43 Creative Commons "Bright Metal on a Sullen Ground": The idea of true character in English writing and portraiture Historian Stella Tillyard delivers the fourth Weinrebe Lecture in Life-Writing and Portraiture. The talk is introduced by College President Hermione Lee. Stella Tillyard 18 Feb 2013
44 Creative Commons The real Jane Austen: A life in small things Biographer Paula Byrne (Perdita: The Life of Mary Robinson and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead) delivers the second Weinrebe lecture on Life-Writing and Portraiture. Paula Byrne 01 Feb 2013
45 Creative Commons Man with a blue scarf: On sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud Art critic Martin Gayford (A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney and Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud) delivers the first annual Weinrebe lecture on Life-Writing and Portraiture. Martin Gayford 01 Feb 2013
46 Hidden Worlds: Art within Science Do science and art have anything in common? Do artists and scientists share practices - from practicalities to ways of looking at the world? Katalin Hausel, Mirja Koponen, Lizzie Burns, Paul Matthews 10 Dec 2012
47 Creative Commons Freud's Impossible Life Renowned psychologist, literary critic and essayist Adam Phillips delivers a public lecture at Wolfson College on his work on 'Freud's Impossible Life'. The lecture is introduced by the College President, Hermione Lee. Adam Phillips 22 Nov 2012
48 Creative Commons 'Containing multitudes': writing about Pevsner Biographer Susie Harries delivered this Oxford Centre for Life-Writing lecture on her acclaimed biography, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life. Susie harries 08 Nov 2012
49 Creative Commons The Sun King and his Court: from Rome to Versailles and back The 2012 Wolfson College Ronald Syme Lecture was given by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Master of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. The speaker is introduced by College President Professor Hermione Lee. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill 08 Nov 2012
50 Creative Commons Law and globalisation - powerful or powerless Baroness Helena Kennedy, QC delivered the Annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture on law and globalization at Wolfson College. The lecture was introduced by Acting President of the College, Christina Redfield. Helena Kennedy 29 May 2012
51 Creative Commons Climate change and two concepts of liberty The final lecture in the series entitled Climate Connections was presented by Dr Myles Allen who currently heads the Climate Dynamics Group in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. Myles Allen 24 May 2012
52 Creative Commons Climate change: making the best use of scientific information Thomas Stocker discusses the challenges that are posed to climate scientists when communicating with the public. Professor Stocker is at the laboratory for Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Berne, Switzerland. Thomas Stocker 11 May 2012
53 Creative Commons Why is climate change so difficult to understand? The second lecture of a series entitled 'Climate Connections' was presented by Carl Wunsch, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carl Wunsch 04 May 2012
54 Creative Commons The public and private ethics of climate change This first lecture of a series entitled 'Climate Connections' is presented by John Broome, White's Professor of Moral Philosophy and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. John Broome 02 May 2012
55 Creative Commons Scholarship Opportunities at Wolfson Professor Andrew Neil, Nicholas West and Bonnie Lander talk about the different scholarship opportunities offered at Wolfson College. Andrew Neil, Nicholas West, Bonnie Lander 07 Mar 2012
56 Creative Commons "Oh, you liar, you storyteller": On Fibbing, Fact and Fabulation The first Weinrebe lecture in life-writing was given by Michèle Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. The lecture is introduced by Professor Hermione Lee. Michèle Roberts 07 Mar 2012
57 Creative Commons The closest exit may be behind you The British-Libyan author Hisham Matar describes to a packed audience at Wolfson College the 'existential crisis' at the heart of contemporary Libyan national identity. The talk is introduced by Hermione Lee. Hisham Matar 24 Feb 2012
58 Creative Commons Trying to do more good than harm in health care The 2012 Wolfson College Haldane Lecture was given by leading health services researcher Sir Iain Chalmers, currently Coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, Oxford, UK. Iain Chalmers 21 Feb 2012
59 Creative Commons Where may truth lie? Fiction in memory, memory in fiction The award-winning author and memoirist Candia McWilliam attests to the edifying power of fiction and biography in the third lecture in the Weinrebe series from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. Candia McWilliam 20 Feb 2012
60 Creative Commons What can I say? Secrets in fiction and biography Booker Prize winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst discusses fiction and biography in conversation with Hermione Lee at Wolfson College's Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW). Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee 08 Feb 2012
61 Creative Commons The Work of Music: Music and Mathematics A talk given at Wolfson College as part of a lecture series entitled "The Work of Music". Timothy Gowers 06 Feb 2012
62 Creative Commons The Work of Music: Music and Psychology A talk given at Wolfson College as part of a lecture series entitled "The Work of Music". Eric Clarke 06 Feb 2012
63 All About His Mother: Reading Proust's Letters The inaugural lecture of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing was delivered by Micahel Wood, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He was introduced by Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College and Director of the Centre. Michael Wood 16 Nov 2011
64 Creative Commons Sir Anthony Caro in conversation with Tim Marlow Wolfson College was privileged to welcome back esteemed honorary fellow Sir Anthony Caro on 2nd November, who, 'in conversation' with art historian Tim Marlow, recounted his fifty-year career as one of the key figures in contemporary sculpture. Sir Anthony Caro, Tim Marlow 08 Nov 2011
65 The contact zone: the creation of a Roman literature The 2011 Wolfson College Syme Lecture was given by Denis Feeney, Giger Professor of Latin and Professor of Classics, Princeton University. The speaker is introduced by College President Prof. Hermione Lee. Denis Feeney 08 Nov 2011
66 CLAROS - A virtual Greek and Roman Art collection CLAROS is an international federation of European universities, museums and archives led by Oxford. 2,000,000 records and images of Greek and Roman art held at six sites in four European countries are linked virtually, using semantic web tools. Donna Kurtz, Sebastian Rahtz 29 Jun 2011
67 Reasoning and Disagreement Nobel Prize winner Amaryta Sen delivers theh 2011 Isaiah Berlin Lecture on Reasoning and Disagreement. Amartya Sen 08 Jun 2011
68 Creative Commons Applied Logic The 2011 Wolfson College Haldane Lecture was given by Sir Tony Hoare, Emeritus Professor at Oxford University Computing Laboratory and a principal researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK. Sir Tony Hoare 14 Mar 2011
69 Empire, Empires, and the End of Antiquity The 2010 Wolfson College Syme Lecture was given by Oxford Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History, Dame Averil Cameron. The speaker is introduced by College President Prof. Hermione Lee. Dame Averil Cameron 14 Mar 2011
70 Creative Commons Senses of Reality: Writing the Biography of a Revolutionary Generation The annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture given at Wolfson College on May 27th 2010. Roy Foster 08 Jun 2010
71 Creative Commons War and Civilization Series Lecture 4: War and Liberation Ian Buruma is a writer and lecturer focussing on Asian (esp. Japanese) culture. He is currently Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, New York. Ian Buruma 24 May 2010
72 Creative Commons War and Civilization Series Lecture 3: War and Pity Marina Warner is a writer of fiction, criticism and history; her works include novels and short stories as well as studies of myths, symbols, and fairytales. She is currently Professor at Essex University. Marina Warner 24 May 2010
73 Creative Commons War and Civilization Series Lecture 2: War and Poetry Geoffrey Hill is currently Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University and in 2009 his Collected Critical Writings won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. Geoffrey Hill 24 May 2010
74 War and Civilization Series Lecture 1: War and Finance Niall Ferguson is currently Professor of History at Harvard University and Professor of History and International Affairs at the London School of Economics. Niall Ferguson 24 May 2010
75 Acrylic Variations 5-8 Parts 5-8 of a short film, featuring Mark Rowan-Hull and Neil Heyde and Christopher Regate of the Royal Academy of Music. The film shows a collaborative art project of Rowan-Hull's painting and Heyde and Regate's music. Produced by Rowan-Hull and Heyde. Mark Rowan-Hull, Neil Heyde, Christopher Regate 27 Jan 2010
76 Acrylic Variations 1-4 Part 1 to 4 of a short film, featuring Mark Rowan-Hull and Neil Heyde and Christopher Regate of the Royal Academy of Music. The film shows a collaborative art project of Rowan-Hull's painting and Heyde and Regate's music. Produced by Rowan-Hull and Heyde. Mark Rowan-Hull, Neil Heyde, Christopher Regate 27 Jan 2010
77 Correspondence: Performance, Visual Art and the Senses Recently appointed Creative Arts Fellow at Wolfson College, artist Mark Rowan-Hull, gives a talk on his work, in particular, the collaborative works between him and musicians. Mark Rowan-Hull 27 Jan 2010
78 Editing early Eliot The 1995 Isaiah Berlin Lecture given at Wolfson College on May 18th by CB Ricks, Professor of English at Boston University. Christopher Ricks 19 May 2009
79 From Communism to Zionism: Moses Hess (1957) 1957 Lucien Wolf Memorial Lecture. Lecture on the Jewish philosopher Moses Hess, one of the founders of Zionism and a committed Socialist. Berlin also discusses Hess’s evolution as a philosopher, from International Socialism to Zionism. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
80 A Fire at Sea (1957) Isaiah Berlin introduces and reads his translation of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev's short story, 'A Fire at Sea' in which Turgenev recounts an embarrassing episode from his youth. Originally broadcast by the BBC's Third Programme in 1957. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
81 Alexander Herzen: His Opinions and Character (1955) Lecture on Alexander Herzen, philosopher and founder of Russia’s first free press. He discusses Herzen’s passionate belief in individual liberty and his distaste for the new violent radicalism in Russia in his time. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
82 Freedom and its Betrayal: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1952) Berlin lectures on Rousseau's The Social Contract and discusses Rousseau's anti-intellectualism, his idealism of Nature, and the worryingly authoritarian implications of his philosophy. Originally broadcast for the BBC's Third Programme in 1952. Isaiah Berlin 14 Apr 2009
83 The East Side story: How executive uncertainty created an accession conditionality that never was A presentation given by Research Fellow Cristina Parau at Wolfson College on February 24th 2009. Dr Parau is also a member of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Cristina Parau 19 Mar 2009
84 The long hard road to democracy and social justice A lecture given by retired Labour MP Tony Benn at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture is introduced by Prof Richard Sorabji. Tony Benn 11 Dec 2008
85 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 2 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008
86 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 1 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008