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Whether you’re working from home, caring for family members, in self-isolation or trying your hand at home-schooling, we’re inviting you to our weekly live knowledge sharing online ‘tutorials’.

We’re proud to be at the forefront of global efforts to understand COVID-19 pandemic and protect our communities. But our huge range of inspiring experts, world-class teaching staff and eager researchers still have a great deal to share. So take time out of your day to connect with #OxfordatHome and be inspired!

Ever wanted to know more about Rembrandt’s background, his influences and the challenges he came across before emerging as a great master?

Or how about discovering how we're working with bubbles to revolutionise cancer treatment?

You can even learn what life in Versailles was like during the ancien régime!

Garden Safari - the five groups of insects that dominate your garden

This talk was broadcast on Friday 22 May: https://youtu.be/5fixg-_Smm8 
Dr Lindsay Turnbull, Plant Sciences
You can download Lindsay’s worksheet and see more of her 'Garden Biology' series here.

Rembrandt - the early years

This talk was broadcast on Friday 29 May: https://youtu.be/K-SNf90o7sE 
An Van Camp, Ashmolean Museum
The Ashmolean Museum's Young Rembrandt exhibition can be explored online here

Biomedically-engineered bubbles

This talk was broadcast on Friday 5 June: https://youtu.be/mJFXVH8Xa8g 
Professor Eleanor Stride, Department of Engineering Science 
This talk looked at the engineering of these bubbles and their use in tackling diseases such as cancer and stroke.

Friendship through the lens of art

This talk was broadcast on Friday 12 June: https://youtu.be/VkWakVIj30Y 

Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, compares two 18th Century paintings with a connection to Britain. 

Shakespeare & the plague

This talk was broadcast on Friday 19 June: https://youtu.be/082EH-78iEU

Twitter has been telling us that when he was in quarantine from the plague, William Shakespeare wrote “King Lear”, but what's the truth behind that narrative? 

Meet the Botanic Garden and Arboretum

This talk was broadcast on Friday 26 June: https://youtu.be/TUvuY4o6DS4

Find out about the darker side of the plant world with botanist and Head of Science at Oxford's Botanic Garden and Arboretum, Dr Chris Thorogood. 

International health in global governance after the First World War

First World War

Friday 3 July: 3:15pm-3:45pm 

Professor Patricia Clavin
Watch this talk live: https://youtu.be/iD19Ta8hV9Y 

Patricia Clavin’s research looks at how questions of global health and economic stability interconnect. With host Professor Rana Mitter, Patricia reveals how pandemics after the First World War helped produce new institutions of global governance, and the important role played by student activists, including some from Oxford. Patricia is Professor of International History and has written books on the history of the League of Nations, the Great Depression in the 1930s, and the history of internationalism.

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The Queen’s Secrets: 18th-century France


Friday 17th July, 3:15pm-3:45pm

Watch this talk live: TBC

Marie-Antoinette is one of the most famous characters in history. Much of what we think we know—including her most famous comment, ‘Let them eat cake’—is spurious. Catriona Seth, who is the Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, and an authority on 18th-century France, takes us through what we can learn from the Queen’s letters about her heady days at Versailles and the traumatic early years of the French Revolution.

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When is it okay to graffiti a temple?


Friday 24th July: 12:45pm-1:15pm

Watch this talk live: TBC

It seems that it was perfectly acceptable some 3000 years ago in an Egyptian temple complex dedicated to the god Amun in the ancient city of Thebes, now modern Luxor. Explore some examples and the implications of their context with Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Faculty of Oriental Studies and St Cross College.

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Science at Home

What's so super about superconductors? Understanding materials Q&A

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 21 May with Clara Barker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Y183Q6hVWY

Parkinsons research Q&A

This talk was broadcast on Tuesday 26 May with Beatriz Silveira de Arruda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPd-mOnNsCk

What's the best way to quit smoking?

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 28 May with Jamie Hartmann-Boyce: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C648oGAddaA

Live Q&A with Sir Walter Bodmer

This talk was broadcast on 23rd June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzggrE2TsUc 

An interview with Sir Walter Bodmer, Head of the Cancer and Immunogenetics Laboratory in Oxford's Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, one of the first people to suggest the idea of the Human Genome Project, and the man who lead a project to examine the genetic makeup of the United Kingdom. 

Oxford Sparks Live: Turning algebra upside down

Tuesday 30 June 2020: 3:00pm

Q&A with Maaike Zwart, a DPhil student in the Department of Computer Sciences

Watch this talk live: https://youtu.be/WeFo8pCMiwo

Oxford Sparks Live: Needle-free vaccines

Tuesday 7 July 2020: 4.30pm

Vaccines are invaluable in the fight against infectious disease, but most people would probably rather they weren't delivered by a needle. But is this possible? We chat to Johanna Hettinga from Oxford's Institute of Biomedical Engineering about her research into needle-free vaccines.

Watch this talk live: https://youtu.be/97ag-tOcxn8

Big Tent! Live Events!

Living with Pandemics: Finding New Narratives

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 28 May with Dr Erica Charters and Robin Gorna: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/in-conversation-with-wes-williams-robin-gorna-and-erica-charter

Creative Multilingualism

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 4 June with Katrin Kohl and Rajinder Dudrah: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/live-event-creative-multilingualism 

Voices from the Wings: Poetry, Performance and Translation on and off the page

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 11 June with Karen Leeder (Professor of Modern German Literature) & poet Ulrike Almut Sandighttps://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/grimm-tales-in-translation

Earthquakes and Marsquakes!

This talk was broadcast on Tuesday 16th June: https://youtu.be/r3ZNHLX3hLA

Benjamin Fernando from the departments of Earth Sciences and Physic

The World After COVID

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 18 June: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/live-event-peter-frankopan-ngaire-woods 

In conversation with Professor Peter Frankopan (History) and Professor Ngaire Woods (Dean of Blavatnik School of Government).

Professor of Poetry Lecture

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 25 June: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUiSmsmfMWg&feature=youtu.be

Interview with Water - Tears were apparently given to humans as compensation for the Fall - from Homer to contemporary drawings. In this lecture, Alice Oswald will look at the strange connection between water and grief.

In conversation with Homi K. Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University


Wednesday 2 July: 5.00pm-6.00pm

Join the conversation: https://torch.ox.ac.uk/event/live-event-in-conversation-with-homi-bhabha

Oxford Answers

The future of advertising

This talk was broadcast on Tuesday 26 May

Professor Andrew Stephen, L’Oréal Professor of Marketing, will host a panel with Steve Hatch, VP Northern Europe, Facebook, and Kate Scott-Dawkins, Senior Director of Thought Leadership and Innovation, Essence (a WPP agency).

The business-government boundary

This talk was broadcast on Thursday 28 May

Professor Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean Saïd Business School, will lead the panel with Michael Warren, MD Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) and Professor Mari Sako.

Image credits: Shutterstock; Noun project.


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