Ashby Lecture Archive

Recordings are available for some of our archived talks and can be found in the University's video and audio collection.

2018 - Oiling the Wheels of Nations? Religion and Politics, Then and Now
Professor George Van Kooten
Ashby Lecture Report
Ashby Lecture 2018 photo gallery

2017 - How much is the free market compatible with a 'decent' society?
Dr Ha-Joon Chang from the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge. 

2016 - Imagining universities: new worlds, old ideas?
Professor Stefan Collini FBA, Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History and English Literature University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall. 
The 2016 Ashby report

2015  - Liberty, Equality. What Happened to Fraternity [Human Solidarity]?
Albie Sachs

2014 The Impact of the First World War on Strategy
Sir Hew Strachen
Chichele Professor of the history of war at All Souls College, Oxford.

2013  Energy, water, food and the nine billion
Lord Oxburgh, FRS
Former Chairman of Shell UK and former Rector of Imperial College

2012  In the Eye of the Storm: Journalists under Fire
John Fisher Burns

London Bureau Chief for The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

2011  Lessons from America: The Impact of Universities on their Region and the World
Professor Andrew Hamilton, PhD FRS

Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

2010 How and Why Did Hitler's Germany Fight On to the Bitter End?
Professor Sir Ian Kershaw

2009  Perverting Trust
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve  CBE  PBA  Hon FRS  F Med Sci

President of the British Academy, Chair of the Nuffield Foundation and Professor of Philosophy

2008  The Business of Climate Change
Sir David King
Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford

2007  Happiness and Values
Richard Layard
Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics

2006  The Case for an Emergency Constitution
Bruce Ackerman
Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University

2005  From Alola to Helena: A Tribute to the Women and children of East Timor 1999-2005
Kirsty Sword-Gusmao
First Lady to the President of the independent nation of East Timor

2004  Trans-civilisational Perspective on Global Issues
Professor Yasuaki Onuma
University of Tokyo

2003  Muslims and Modernity
Guy Sorman

2002  Dancing Beneath the Red Banners: Chairman Mao's Red Guard Movement During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
Dr Aiping Mu

2001  Storytelling
Isabel Allende

2000 In Search of a Common Language – What does Chinese Traditional Medicine Have in Common with Modern Physics?
Kenneth Hsu

1999  Universities and the Magic Fountain: African Literature into the 21st Century
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

1997  From Penitentiary to Palace of Art: Uncovering the History of the Tate Gallery
Frances Spalding

1996  The State of Our Prisons
Sir Stephen Tumim

1995  Some Reflections on Multinationalism: the Example of Former Empires in East Asia
Professor Herbert Franke

1994  Understanding and Justification of Other Cultures
Professor Eero Loone

1993  The Education of a 'British' Protected Child
Chinua Achebe

1992  When was Modernism in Indian Art?
Geeta Kapur

1991  After Marx – the Prospects for Post-Communism
Svetozar Stojanović

1990  Into Inequality Born – a Tale of the Health of Women in South Asia
Professor Vulimiri Ramalingaswami

1989  The Fusion of the Great and Little Traditions of Indian in Salman Rushdie's Work
Anita Desai

1988  Models of the Mind
Professor Christopher Longuet-Higgins

1987  The Nature of (Literary) Naturalism
Professor David Baguley

1986  Narrative Verse and Read Examples of his Own Work
Mr Alec Hope

1985  Genes and Disease: Opportunities and Reservation
Dr Paul Berg