Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Event Programme

The event programme for this term will be posted out to members, and can be found at the following link: TOIA Magazine Trinity Term 2018 

Events this term:

We look forward to welcoming you to TOIA’s Trinity Term Programme, which is both full and varied, with something for everyone.

1 May, 2018, 7.30 p.m. 
Dr Graham Harding, Wine Tasting
If you want to learn more about sparkling wines with an expert on May Day, this is the chance.
St. Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford.
£15 – to be pre-booked. Information to follow very shortly.

8 May, 2018, 5.00 p.m.
The Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture, Emeritus Professor Diego Zancani, Britalian: Italian Renaissance Food, and its representation in Britain and in Italy. Taylor Institution, Main Hall, St. Giles, Oxford.

9 May, 2018, 11.00 a.m.
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, 7.30 p.m. 
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, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford.

30 May, 2018, 7.30 p.m. 
Erica Benner: Be Like a Fox
Have we got Machiavelli all wrong?
What if the Italian civil servant whose name became shorthand for devious politics was trying to warn us about the despots, not advise them?
St. Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford.

30 June, 2018, 5.00 p.m.
TOIA Garden Party: enjoy a fair summer evening in likeminded company.
Venue: 6 Chalfont Road, Oxford, OX2 6TH, 5.00-7.00 p.m. TOIA Members and Guests only. Members £3, Guests £5.

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.*



In the event of unusually bad winter weather, meetings may have to be cancelled or postponed.

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 for confirmation.


In retrospect: past events at a glance

Monday, 24 April 2017 Film screening, Sacro GRA, Italian with English subtitles, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, Auditorium, Rewley House, 7.30 p.m.

Thursday, 11 May 2017  Gavin Hewitt, In Europe’s Drama: The Enigma of Italy, The Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017  Simonetta Agnello Hornby in conversation with Professor Emmanuela Tandello, The Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 Lecture and reading, Eros and Metamorphosis in Ovid, Professor Nicola Gardini, The Pusey Room, Keble College, 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 Richard Owen, Hemingway in Italy, The Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

Saturday, 24 June 2017 Garden Party, 2 Chadlington Road, Oxford, 5.00 p.m.

16 October 2017       Lecture, Mona Lisa: The People and the Painting, Professor Martin Kemp, Main Conference Room, Oxford University Press, 6.30 p.m.  PLEASE NOTE: Entry to this event will be via OUP’s Front Lodge on Walton Street.

26 October          Lecture, How human was Mussolini?, Professor Richard Bosworth, Mordan Hall, St. Hugh’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

30 October          Lecture, The Future of British-Italian Relations, HMA Jill Morris (British Ambassador to Italy), Mordan Hall, St. Hugh’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

10 November      Film, Piuma, in Italian (with Italian subtitles), Mordan Hall, St. Hugh’s College, 7.30 p.m.

21 November      The Dorothy Rowe Memorial Lecture, Giambattista Vico and the History of Religions, Professor Girolamo Imbruglia, The Grove Lecture Theatre, Magdalen College, 5.00 p.m.

5 December        Annual General Meeting and Christmas Party, St. Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m. TOIA members only.

31/1/18 7.00 pm,  Jonathan Keats, Chairperson, Venice in Peril, in conversation afterwards with Marie-José Gransard, author of Venice: A Literary Guide for Travellers, St Hugh’s

8/2/18, 7.30 pm, Caroline Morehead (author of The Rossellis, Chatto) in conversation with Professor Richard Bosworth, Christ Church

12/2/18, 7.30 pm, Lectura Dantis, Luciano Bertoli and Gianfranco Serioli, St Hugh’s College.

20/2/18, 7.30 pm, Libere (a documentary film on women partisans during the Resistance, introduced by Rossella Schillaci, the director), Rewley House.

22/2/18, 5.30 pm, Paola Turci, Being a woman and an artist: fatti bella per te, Lincoln College (organised with The Oxford University Italian Society)

26/2/18 7.30 pm, Emma Jane Kirby (BBC, author of The Optician of Lampedusa) with Terence Quinn (artist, The Refugees’ Crisis), St Hugh’s.

12/3/18, 7.30 pm, H.E. Jill Morris, UK Ambassador to the Italian Republic, The Future of Anglo-Italian Relations, St Hugh’s (organised with the Oxford University Italian Society)