Humanitas Programme

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The Humanitas Programme is a series of Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences, and humanities.

Appointed for a given academic year, each Humanitas Visiting Professor delivers a series of events ranging from lectures to workshops, masterclasses, recitals and symposia. Lectures and symposia are filmed and available online to audiences throughout the world [1]

Created by Lord Weidenfeld in 2010, the Humanitas Programme is funded by a number of donors and managed by the London-based Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust. The Humanitas Programme is run in close collaboration with TORCH The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and CRASSH Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

The Humanitas Programme often draws media attention for its topical and high-profile speakers, such as Eric Schmidt sharing a positive outlook on the impact of new technologies on our world, or Murray Perahia exploring the personal and universal in the work musical genius, or Shirin Neshat discussing the formation of her artistic identity.

Its Visiting Professorships have touched upon topics ranging from the complexity of narrating history to the challenges of sustainable development in the 21st century.[1]

List of Humanitas Visiting Professorships[edit]

Visiting Professorship in Architecture University of Oxford, Brasenose College

  • 2010-2011: Lord Foster (architect), How do we sustainably accommodate even larger populations in cities in a way that does not recklessly deplete natural resources?
  • 2011-2012: Lord Foster (architect), Heritage and Lessons

Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music University of Cambridge, Peterhouse

  • 2010-2011: Alfred Brendel (pianist), On Character in Music and Light and Shade of Interpretation

Visiting Professorship in Chinese Studies University of Cambridge, St Catharine's College

  • 2011-2012: Professor Wu Hung (University of Chicago), Reading Absence in Chinese Art and Material Culture
  • 2012-2013: Chen Yung-fa, The Meaning of the Chinese Communist Revolution
  • 2013-2014: David Wang, What is Chinese about Chinese Literature?
  • 2014-2015: Xu Bing, The Reactivation of Tradition

Visiting Professorship in Classical Music and Musical Education University of Oxford, St John’s College

  • 2013-2014: Midori (violinist and educator), Bach, Brahms, Music Education and Community Engagement
  • 2014-2015: Ian Bostridge Why Winterreise? Schubert’s song cycle, then and now

Visiting Professorship in Comparative European Literature University of Oxford, St Anne’s College

  • 2011-2012: Ali Smith (author), On Time, On Form, On Edge, On Offer, and On Reflection
  • 2013-2013: Don Paterson The Domain of the Poem
  • 2014-2015: Javier Cercas The Blind Spot

Visiting Professorship in Contemporary Art (including photography) University of Oxford, Magdalen College

  • 2010-2011: Thomas Struth (photographer), Do pictures contribute to identity and cultural difference?
  • 2011-2012: Shirin Neshat (artist and filmmaker), Images and History
  • 2013-2014: Vik Muniz Class Dismissed . . . Art, Creativity and Education
  • 2014-2015: Maya Lin Between Art and Architecture

Visiting Professorship in Drama University of Oxford, Brasenose College

  • 2010-2011: Athol Fugard (playwright), The Playwriting Process and Theatrical Directing

Visiting Professorship in Economic Thought' University of Oxford, All Souls College

  • 2012-2013: Stanley Fischer (Governor of the Bank of Israel), Lessons of the Crisis

Visiting Professorship in Film & Television University of Oxford, St Anne's College

Visiting Professorship in Historiography University of Oxford, Trinity College

  • 2012-2013: Christopher Bayly (University of Cambridge), Worlds of Thought: Empire, India and Islam
  • 2013-2014: Lynn Hunt Dilemmas of History in a Global Age

Visiting Professorship in the History of Art University of Cambridge, Clare College

Visiting Professorship in the History of Ideas University of Oxford, Merton College

Visiting Professorship in Intelligence Studies University of Oxford, All Souls College

  • 2013-2014: General Hayden (Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency), Terrorism and Islam's Civil War
  • 2014-2015: John McLaughlin (Former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency), Challenges Facing American Intelligence

Visiting Professorship in Interfaith Studies University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall

  • 2012-2013: Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London), Beyond Apologetics: Approaching Religious Traditions Through Modern Disciplines

Visiting Professorship in Media University of Cambridge, St John’s College

  • 2010-2011: Mathias Döpfner (CEO of Axel Springer AG), ‘The Freedom Trap’, ‘The Internet – a Liberating or Enslaving Machine?’ and ‘Can Journalism be Free in the Digital Age?'
  • 2011-2012: Manuel Castells (UCLA), Communication Power in the Network Society

Visiting Professorship in Museums, Galleries, and Libraries University of Oxford, Balliol College

  • 2012-2013: Ivo Mesquita (State Art Gallery of Sao Paulo), Contemporary Art and Globalisation
  • 2013-2014: Michael Govan, A Voice from the Pacific: Re-envisioning the Art Museum

Visiting Professorship in Opera Studies University of Oxford, New College

Visiting Professorship in Rhetoric and the Art of Public Persuasion University of Oxford, St Peter’s College

Visiting Professorship in Statecraft and Diplomacy University of Cambridge, Pembroke College

  • 2014-2014: Richard Haass World Order: Its Past, Present & Prospects

Visiting Professorship in Sustainability Studies University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall

Visiting Professorship in War Studies University of Cambridge, Churchill College

  • 2010-2011: Hew Strachan (Oxford), Modern War and the Question of History

Visiting Professorship in Women’s Rights University of Cambridge, King’s College

  • 2013-2014: Mona Siddiqui, Women in Islamic Thought and Literature


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