Forthcoming Events


We regret that following consultation TOIA has decided that its programme for Michaelmas Term 2021 will not be held in-person at St Hugh’s College, as previously advertised, but online. Please accept our apologies for this change to the programme, but we need to keep each other safe this autumn.

All events will start at 8pm. The Zoom links are below:

Monday 18 October
Professor Peter Hainsworth (Lady Margaret Hall)

‘John Dickson Batten’s Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno’

Zoom Link

Thursday 11 November
Professor Joe Farrell (Strathclyde)

Presentation of Joe Farrell’s book, Honour and the Sword. The Culture of Duelling (Signal Books, 2021)

Zoom Link

Thursday 25 November
Annual General Meeting

Zoom Link


The Dorothy Rowe lecture scheduled for 28 October 2021 in Magdalen College has been postponed until later this academic year.

Covid-19 & News Update:

Dear TOIA Members,

We hope you are all staying well. As you will have noticed, there have been no TOIA activities this term because of the Corona Virus pandemic. We are very sorry about that but we hope to be able to put on events in Michaelmas Term and will keep you informed about what form they will take in due course. We also hope to be able to send you the TOIA Newsletter at the end of the summer.

We have one piece of sad news to communicate: the distinguished art historian and great friend of TOIA, Jon Whiteley, died on 18 May 2020. He will be sorely missed by the TOIA community. There will be an article about Jon in the next Newsletter.

With all good wishes,

The TOIA Committee

We look forward to welcoming you to TOIA’s Hilary Term Programme 2020. More details will follow:

31 January Paula Claire, poet and performance artist, The Codestones of Venice (based on John Ruskin’s The Stones of Venice), St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m.

13 February Professor John Foot, academic and author, on The Archipelago: Italy since 1945, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m.

26 February Ferdie Addis, journalist and author, on Rome: Eternal City, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m.

2 March In conversation: His Excellency Raffaele Trombetta, the Ambassador of Italy to the UK; The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor, University of Oxford; Sir Ivor Roberts, St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.00 p.m.

16 October 2019: Lecturer Tim Porter on Puccini’s La Bohème, St Hugh’s College, 7.30 pm

24 October 2019: Marco Varvello, BREXIT Blues, Christ Church College, 7.30 pm

30 October 2019: The Rowe Memorial Lecture, Professor Brian Kelly on Raphael the Architect in Context, Magdalen College, 5.00 pm

7 November 2019: Professor Diego Zancani, How we fell in love with Italian Food, St Hugh’s College, 7.30 pm

18 November 2019: Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, Last Supper in Pompeii, St Hugh’s College, 7.30 pm

21 November 2019: Film screening, Lazzaro felice, St Hugh’s College, 7.30 pm

21 May       Professor Stephen Milner, The Bickley Memorial Lecture, DANTE MONUMENTALE: The Politics of Publishing The Divine Comedy in 1911, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 6.00 p.m.

Professor Stephen Milner, British School at Rome, will deliver the Bickley Memorial Lecture on Tuesday 21st May, 6pm, at St Hugh’s College.

27 May       Julia Grig, Jacopo Bassano: Innovation and Exploration in the Italian High Renaissance, Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

5 June         Professor Michael Scott, Shakespeare’s Italian Settings: Venice to Verona, Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

14 June      Film: La pazza gioia, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30.

Garden Party – We are very sorry to say that for this year only the TOIA Garden Party will be cancelled as it has been challenging to find a venue. 

1 May, 2018   Dr Graham Harding, Wine Tasting, St. Hugh’s College

8 May, 2018   The Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture, Emeritus Professor Diego Zancani, Britalian: Italian Renaissance Food, and its representation in Britain and in Italy. Taylor Institution, St. Giles, Oxford

9 May, 2018  Celebration of Europe Day and twinning of Padua and Oxford. Flag raising at 11.00 am at Carfax with dignitaries from both the Comune and University of Padua and their Oxford counterparts.

17 May, 2018  Katia Lysy, Iris Origo’s granddaughter, and Lucy Hughes-Hallet, cultural historian and author of The Pike on Iris Origo’s previously undiscovered diary (A Chill in the Air). St. Hugh’s College

30 May, 2018  Erica Benner: Be Like a Fox: Have we got Machiavelli all wrong? St. Hugh’s

30 June, 2018  TOIA Garden Party, Oxford

10 October 2018, St Hugh’s College
Dr Cristina Dondi, curator of the current exhibition the Printing R-Evolution 1450-1500 at the Museo Correr, Venice, talks about the pioneers of printing and the fifty years that changed Europe.

18 October 2018, St Hugh’s College
Michael Starks, television producer, writer and traveller, talks of the glittering Byzantine city and his recently published book: Understanding Ravenna 

23 October 2018,  The Rowe Memorial Lecture, Magdalen College
The eminent Professor Ingrid Rowland of the University of Notre Dame will be lecturing on Raphael’s Rome, as we approach the quincentenary of the maestro’s premature death.

8 November 2018, St Hugh’s College
Richard Gadeselli, Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Chairman of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Services UK, on the power of brand Italy: The Italians are coming! How Fiat leveraged the Cultural Stereotype in America. Richard also sponsors the new-look TOIA magazine and is a patron of the Association.

12 November 2018, The Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture, Taylor Institution
A rising star at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor Mairi McLaughlin will talk on Anglicisms in the Romance Languages: A New Perspective.

11 December 2018, TOIA AGM and Christmas Party
St Hugh’s College
Panettone and sparkling wine will fuel the jollity!

15 January 2019, Concert, Sara Stowe, Soprano, Ogloudoglou, Vocal Masterpieces of the Experimental Generation
St Hugh’s College

24 January 2019, Emeritus Professor Martin Kemp, Living with Leonardo, Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond
Magdalen College

Wednesday 13 February, Professor Nicola Gardini will also talk on his latest book: LE 10 PAROLE LATINE che raccontono il nostro mondo Un viaggio nella vita di 10 parole antiche che continuano a creare pensieri e discorsi …
Keble College

22 February 2019, Film Screening, Bernardo Bertolucci, Il conformista
St Hugh’s College