October events taking place across the University

For details of more University events open to all please visit www.ox.ac.uk/events-list

Visit https://talks.ox.ac.uk for details of a diverse range of events, talks and workshops. Each event listing indicates whether it is open to all or to members of the University

BOOK NOW: Funk & Soul Christmas Party

Wednesday 4 December, 7pm to late on the Rooftop

Looking to plan a Christmas outing for your team? Ring in the holiday season with some of the finest purveyors of Funk, Soul and Disco at the Ashmolean’s Rooftop Restaurant. Enjoy spiced rum punch and try a number of delicious bites and cocktails from different food stalls throughout the evening. The vibrant combination of music, food & drinks are sure to keep you partying the night away.

Book your tickets: https://tickets.ox.ac.uk/webstore/shop/viewItems.aspx?CG=ash&C=rooftop


GLAM Engaged Research Showcase

4.30pm7.15pm, Wednesday 27 November

Discover the wealth of research taking place across the Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) and the exciting opportunities for public engagement with research at the GLAM Engaged Research Showcase on Wednesday 27 November. Join us at the Weston Library for lightning talks, interactive demonstrations, information stands and networking over refreshments.

Reserve your place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glam-engaged-research-showcase-tickets-73099200677


After Hours: Carpe Diem

5pm8pm, Friday 25 October, Ashmolean Museum

(General entry is free but booking will be required. Separate tickets will be needed for entry to the Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition)

Mount Vesuvius is thought to have begun erupting on 24 October AD 79. Almost two thousand years later, join us at the Ashmolean for a special edition of After Hours to 'seize the day' and celebrate all things Pompeii and ancient Rome, with bite-sized talks from students and researchers, and activities for all to enjoy. Ancient Roman-themed dress is encouraged!

This event is organised in collaboration with TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

Please note that not all galleries will be open.


First Animals: Half-term Activities

1pm4pm, Monday 28 October to Wednesday 30 October, University Museum of Natural History

What did the first animals look like? Where did they come from? Join us for crafts and specimen handling.


First Animals Exhibition: Autism Friendly Opening

9am10am, Wednesday 30 October, University Museum of Natural History

(Booking required)

A relaxed morning opening for families with time to explore the First Animals exhibition. Also a chance to meet experts to find out more about the exhibition content and an opportunity take part in family activities if you wish. Please note that attendees can also visit other parts of the Museum during this opening, it is not restricted to the exhibition only.

To book your place email: education@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Gallery tours/ talks 

Poppies and What They Mean

6.30pm7.30pm, Wednesday 9 October, Pitt Rivers Museum

The poppy as a recurring image in poetry and art, and as a symbol of wartime loss, is powerfully resonant in our culture. Dr Andrew Lack, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University, will talk about the poppy plant and its ancient and more recent historical associations. 



Ruskin: A Teacher of Drawing

11am12pm Saturday 2 November, Ashmolean Museum

(Booking required - £8/£7/£6 Full, Concession, Members)

Soon after his appointment as the first Slade Professor of Fine Art in Oxford, John Ruskin established the Ruskin School of Fine Art and gave it a great number of works for students to copy. Learn how he used these 'examples' and why later Ruskin Masters found his teaching methods so difficult to follow.

Lectures and seminar

The Technology Trap - Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation

5pm6pm, Monday 14 October, Oxford Martin School

(Booking required)

In this book talk Dr Carl Benedikt Frey will discuss how the Industrial Revolution was a defining moment in history, but how few grasped its enormous consequences at the time. Now that we are in the midst of another technological revolution how can the lessons of the past can help us to more effectively face the present?

This talk will be followed by a book sale, signing and drinks reception. All welcome. 



A Venerable Nut

7pm8pm, Thursday 17 October, University Museum of Natural History

(Booking required)

Robin Laurance uncovers and explores the coconut's role in history, its influence on modern-day living, and its potential to shape our future. 



Psychologically informed micro-targeted political campaigns: the use and abuse of data

5pm6pm, Friday 18 October, Oxford Martin School

(Booking required)

Data-driven micro-targeted campaigns have become a main stable of political strategy. As personal and societal data becomes more accessible, we need to understand how it can be used and misused in political campaigns and whether it is relevant to regulate political candidates’ access to data.

This book talk will be followed by a drinks reception and book sale, all welcome. 



Jurassic Brain Teasers

6.30pm7.30pm, Tuesday 22 October, University Museum of Natural History

(Booking required)

Dr Stephan Lautenschlager, the 2019 Palaeontological Association Exceptional Lecturer, explains how modern computer technology allows palaeontologists to study the brain anatomy of fossil animals. 



Jon Chapman  Waves and Resonance: From Musical Instruments to Vacuum Cleaners, via Metamaterials and Invisibility Cloaks

5.306.30pm, Friday 25 October, Mathematical Institute

(Booking required)

Jon Chapman is Professor of Mathematics and its Applications in Oxford. The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

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Specimen Standoff

6.30pm8pm, Tuesday 29 October, University Museum of Natural History

(booking required)

Researchers try to convince us why their fossils and research are better than anyone else's. Vote for your favourites! 



Olivia Laing in Conversation with Hermione Lee

5.30pm7pm, Saturday 5 November, Wolfson College

Join prize-winning author Olivia Laing in conversation with Professor Dame Hermione Lee.

Olivia Laing is the author of To the River, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City. Her latest book, Crudo, is a real-time novel about the turbulent summer of 2017. It was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller and a New York Times notable book of 2018 and was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize. In 2019 it won the 100th James Tait Black Memorial Prize. 



Claudio Santoro: 100 Years

5.30pm7pm, Monday 14 October, Wolfson College

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Brazilian composer Claudio Santoro (1919-1989), one of the major figures in twentieth-century Brazilian music. His musical legacy includes nearly five hundred compositions. This unmissable lecture recital will be presented by the composer’s son Alessandro Santoro, acclaimed harpsichordist and pianist, Brazilian soprano Gabriella Di Laccio and Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, King’s College London.

The concert will present some of Santoro Love Songs – an exquisite cycle written in partnership with Brazilian poet Vinicius de Moraes – as well some of Santoro’s piano preludes. 



Evening Talk and Tasting  A Taste of Pompeii

6.30pm9.30pm Tuesday 29 October, Lecture Theatre & Café, Ashmolean Museum

Join author of The Classical Cookbook Sally Grainger as she shares her knowledge of classical Roman recipes adapted for the contemporary cook, painting a vibrant picture of wining and dining in the ancient world. Having whetted your appetite, enjoy a tasting array of dipping sauces in the ‘Taberna Ashmolean’.

Tickets are £35. Entry is via the Museum's St Giles' entrance.

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