Since 1985, Clare Hall has hosted the Ashby Lectures, a widely acclaimed summer event in Cambridge.
Named after one of the founders of Clare Hall, the lectures focus on the presentation and discussion of ideas that inspire human values in a wider sense: values that relate, in compelling and contemporary ways, to philosophical questioning about the nature of life and society.
Guest speaker 2018
Professor George Van Kooten
Oiling the Wheels of Nations? Religion and Politics, Then and Now
Professor Van Kooten is currently at the University of Groningen and shortly to become the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Ashby Lecture Report
Ashby Lecture 2018 photo gallery
Ashby Lecture Archive
Recordings are available for some of our archived talks and can be found in the University's video and audio collection.
- 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]?
- 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
Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics
- 2006 The Case for an Emergency Constitution
Sterling Professor of Law at Yale University
- 2005 From Alola to Helena: A Tribute to the Women and children of East Timor 1999-2005
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
- 2002 Dancing Beneath the Red Banners: Chairman Mao's Red Guard Movement During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)
Dr Aiping Mu
- 2001 Storytelling
- 2000 In Search of a Common Language – What does Chinese Traditional Medicine Have in Common with Modern Physics?
- 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
- 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
- 1992 When was Modernism in Indian Art?
- 1991 After Marx – the Prospects for Post-Communism
- 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
- 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