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_Newsletter_Michaelmas 2018

Events this term:

We look forward to welcoming you to TOIA’s Michaelmas Term Programme.

10 October, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m.
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, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m. 
Michael Starks, television producer, writer and traveller, talks of the glittering Byzantine city and his recently published book: Understanding Ravenna 

23 October,  The Rowe Memorial Lecture, The Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford, 5.00 p.m. 
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, St Hugh’s College, St. Margaret’s Road, Oxford, 7.30 p.m.
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, The Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture, Main Hall, Taylor Institution, St. Giles, Oxford, 5.00 p.m. 
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, TOIA AGM and Christmas Party
7.45-8.00 pm, St Hugh’s College
Panettone and sparkling wine will fuel the jollity!
TOIA members only


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 [email protected] for confirmation.


In retrospect: past events at a glance

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)

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