Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Event Programme

The event programme for this term will be posted out to members soon, and you can view the PDF of the magazine at the following link: TOIA Issue10 Michaelmas Term 2019.

Events this term:

We look forward to welcoming you to TOIA’s Michaelmas Term Programme 2019. More details will follow:

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

Last term’s Trinity Term Programme 2019.

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.

Professor Milner will examine the story of the publication of the 1911 copy of Dante’s Divina comedia by Leo S. Olshcki and Giuseppe Landi Passerini to commemorate the anniversary of Italian unification. Known as the Dante monumentale for its size and magnificence, the history of the production and publication process in the years immediately prior to World War I saw the project take on a political significance which involved not only the publisher and editor but also D’Annunzio and the Italian navy.

Registration prior to the lecture is advisable. For further details, and to register, visit the St Hugh’s College website:

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.

Jacopo Bassano’s life (1510-1592) spanned the high years and eventual decline of Venetian Renaissance painting. Having adopted the name of his home town in the Veneto, Jacopo returned there, eventually introducing all four of his sons into his studio. Father and sons effectively pioneered mass production techniques, with the result that a range of Bassano genre paintings became appreciated widely across Europe. As innovators, pushing at the limits of the artistic conventions of their time, Jacopo and his sons are lesser-known today than is perhaps merited – with this lecture, Julia Grig, author and journalist, aims to redress the balance.

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.

Why are so many of Shakespeare’s plays set in Italy or concern the love, lives or machinations of Italians? How did he know so much about Italy? How did he know for example about the Rialto and the Jews of Venice? Did it all just come from his reading and his sources, or did he actually visit Italy, possibly with a theatre troupe in the 1580s?

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

Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness …

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. However in 2020, which will be the 30th year of TOIA’s foundation, we will ensure that the summer Garden Party will be a very special event.

We look forward to welcoming you and please let others know about the rich programme of TOIA events.

Full information about all the events will be sent to members shortly before the beginning of term.*There is an admission charge for most events, with additional charges for guests. If you wish to join before or at an event please contact us.*


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We have only extremely rarely had to take this step, but if you are planning to attend a TOIA meeting in the heart of winter and weather conditions seem to you very unfavourable, please consult the website to make sure that the meeting has not had to be cancelled. This would be the only manner in which we could get in touch with you all at short notice.

If there is no notification by noon on that day, you may assume that we intend to go ahead! Alternatively, email [email protected] for confirmation.

In retrospect: past events at a glance

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