Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Event Programme

The event programme for this term will be posted out to members, and the PDF can be found at the following link:   TOIA Magazine Hilary Term 2019  

Events this term:

We look forward to welcoming you to TOIA’s Hilary Term Programme 2019.

15 January 2019, 7.30 pm, Concert, Mordan Hall, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Sara Stowe, Soprano, Ogloudoglou, Vocal Masterpieces of the Experimental Generation

Sara Stowe’s repertoire as a singer covers a wide range of music ranging from spiritual songs of the medieval period to the most adventurous modern songs. Initially studying as harpsichord scholar at the Royal College of Music, she later discovered her voice and won a British Council Advanced Training Bursary to study singing in Italy, laying the foundations of her interest in much of the virtuosic and extraordinary Italian music she performs today, including compositions by Giacinto Scelsi and Luciano Berio.

24 January 2019, 7.30 pm, The Grove Auditorium, Magdalen College, Oxford
Emeritus Professor Martin Kemp, Living with Leonardo, Fifty Years of Sanity and Insanity in the Art World and Beyond

Martin Kemp, described by The Times as ‘the world’s leading authority on Leonardo’, in conversation on his fifty-year relationship with the most famous artist of all time.

Wednesday 13 February, 7.30pm, Arco Building, Keble College

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 …

Novelist, poet and academic (Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Oxford), Nicola Gardini will take us through the past and present lives of ten Latin words which have morphed to both reflect and shape our ever-evolving world in a tour de force of linguistics, literature and textual criticism, philosophy, history, and theology.

22 February 2019, 7.30 pm, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
Film Screening, Bernardo Bertolucci, Il conformista

Bernardo Bertolucci’s expressionist masterpiece of 1970, Il conformista, is an account of the neuroses and self-loathing of a sexually confused would-be fascist aching to fit in in 1938 Rome and was deemed an instant classic on release.

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

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

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!