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
Rembrandt - the early years
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
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.
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.
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.
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-charters
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 Sandig: https://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
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.
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