Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Event Programme

The event programme for this term will be posted out to members shortly before the beginning of term, but you can also find a digital version of it available at the following link: TOIA_Magazine_Michaelmas 17       

Events this term:

For your diary, the dates 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.


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

Tuesday 11th October 2016

TOIA Fundraising Event: Earthquake Relief for Central Italy 

A special fundraising event will take place in Week 1 of the Michaelmas Term with all proceeds going to charity. We hope to see you there and that you will be able to support this special initiative.
Lecture by Richard Walker, Professor of Tectonics, on  7.30p.m.
Earth Sciences Lecture Theatre, The Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford
Please  see the TOIA fundraising flyer (revised) for further information.

Friday 14 October 2016

Film, Palio, directed by Cosima Spender
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, 7.30 p.m.
Thanks to the kind co-operation of Oxford University Department of Continuing Education (OUDCE), the film will be shown in the Lecture Theatre for an enhanced cinematic experience (N.B. not in the Sadler Room as previously announced). On entering the foyer, turn left and take the stairs one floor down to find your seat for the evening’s entertainment.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Lecture, Fourteen months of troubles ahead?
Lucia Annunziata, Director of Huffington Post Italia
The Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

Thursday 17 November 2016

Lecture, Antonello da Messina, the Renaissance, and the History of Art
Professor Gervase Rosser, University of Oxford
The Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, St. Anne’s College, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

Tuesday 22 November 2016

The Clara Cooper Memorial Lecture
Sea-crossings, Survival, Stories, Professor Dame Marina Warner
Main Hall, Taylor Institution, 5.00 p.m

Tuesday 6 December 2016

Christmas party & AGM
St Margaret’s Institute, 30 Polstead Road, 7.45 for 8.00 p.m.


Monday, 23rd January 2017

Film, Fuocoammare, 7.30 p.m., Rewley House Lecture Theatre


Tuesday, 31st January 2017

Dr Ana Debenedetti, curator, V&A, Botticelli Reimagined, 7.30 pm, St. Anne’s College


Thursday, 9th February 2017

The Dorothy Rowe Memorial Lecture, Professor Renato Pasta, University of Florence, Cesare Beccaria and his Context, 5.00 p.m. Magdalen College


Wednesday, 15th February 2017

Clara Florio Cooper Bursary Recipient Lectures, Hannah Kinney and Ben Kehoe, 7.30 pm, Blue Boar Lecture Theatre, Christ Church


Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Dr Paul Roberts, Keeper of Antiquities, The Ashmolean Museum, The Roman Art of Dying, 7.30 p.m., St. Anne’s College


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.