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Rhodes Trust Events

All members of the global community including current Scholars in residence, alumni, and partners are welcome to attend events at Rhodes House.

Unless otherwise specified, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. If you are interested in learning more about a specific event at Rhodes House, please contact conferences@rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk

Documentation & a Vibrant Writing Culture: A Book Launch by Prof. Mutambara
23 October 2017

Documentation & a Vibrant Writing Culture: A Book Launch by Prof. Mutambara

The Importance of Knowledge Production, Documentation and a Vibrant Writing Culture: This book is the first of three volumes in a series that traces the leadership thoughts and philosophical disposition of Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara, a former Rhodes Scholar, over a period of 35 years, as his generation sought to become the transformation it wished to see in the world. The trilogy constitutes a fascinating intellectual and political journey by the man who would become Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe at the age of 42.

Fireside Chat with Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University
26 October 2017

Fireside Chat with Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor, Middlesex University

Vice Chancellor Tim Blackman has rekindled a debate in UK higher education with a simple question: has academic selectivity in higher education gone to far? In a recent HEPI working paper, Professor Blackman argues that it has. He contends that the UK's deepening divide between "teacing" and "research" universities mirrors and reinforces class divides and inequalities to the detriment of both students and the UK economy.

Mindfulness Unpacked with Willem Kuyken
30 October 2017

Mindfulness Unpacked with Willem Kuyken

Mindfulness is a way of experiencing things “as they are,” allowing us to see what is happening more accurately and respond more effectively. Derived from contemplative practices found in many foundational traditions, mindfulness practices provide us with practical tools that can affect the functioning and physical structure of not only the brain, but the entire body. Research continues to offer insight into our extraordinary ability to train - and retrain - the mind.

Strange New Worlds with Ray Jayawardhana
06 November 2017

Strange New Worlds with Ray Jayawardhana

Wired magazine may have put it best: “As astronomers go, RayJay is a rock star.” And for good reason – a graduate of Yale and Harvard, Professor Ray Jayawardhana uses the world’s largest telescopes to explore planets beyond our solar system and prospects for life in the universe. His discoveries have made headlines worldwide, and led to international recognition and accolades. Through engaging writing, frequent media appearances and thought-provoking talks, he shares the adventures of far-flung exploration and brings the science of the cosmos down to earth for a variety of audiences.

A Discussion with Craig Ritchie, CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
07 November 2017

A Discussion with Craig Ritchie, CEO, Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies

Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). AIATSIS is a globally known research, collections and publishing organisation which promotes knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Competing for Justice with Ron Katz
08 November 2017

Competing for Justice with Ron Katz

Sexual stereotyping has existed in sport since at least 776 B.C., when women were not permitted to compete in the Olympics. Although women's rights have much improved since the 1970's--when, for example in the U.S, a law was passed mandating male/female equality in sport at schools, colleges and universities--that law preceded the increasing gender fluidity highlighted by well-known cases like that of transgender female Caitlyn Jenner and intersex Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya. Sporting organisations are now struggling with these issues, particularly balancing individual rights against fair competition.

Outlook for the World Economy with Peter Sinclair
13 November 2017

Outlook for the World Economy with Peter Sinclair

After reading PPE at Corpus, Peter Sinclair was briefly at Nuffield, and then, for nearly 24 years, fellow and tutor in economics at Brasenose College. In 1994, Dr Sinclair moved to the chair in Economics at Birmingham, where, although now emeritus, he continues to lecture and supervise. With others or alone, he has edited or author of over 15 books on various aspects of economic theory and policy. He is a member of the Economic Experts Working Group at the Office of National Statistics, and a vice president of the Money Macro and Finance Research Group. He chaired the Royal Economic Society's Easter School for 22 years. At the Bank of England, he has served as director of the Centre for Central Banking Studies and Houblon Norman research fellow.