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Wolfson College

Wolfson is the largest graduate college in Oxford. Their diverse student body has a wide spread of disciplines and nationalities. The College, founded in 1966 by Isaac Wolfson under the presidency of Isaiah Berlin, is both traditional and unconventional, forward-thinking and friendly.

Series associated with Wolfson College

Isaiah Berlin Centenary
The Isaiah Berlin Lecture
The Leonard Woolf Symposium
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
Wolfson College Podcasts
# Episode Title Description People Date
101 Editing early Eliot The 1995 Isaiah Berlin Lecture given at Wolfson College on May 18th by CB Ricks, Professor of English at Boston University. Christopher Ricks 19 May 2009
102 From Communism to Zionism: Moses Hess (1957) 1957 Lucien Wolf Memorial Lecture. Lecture on the Jewish philosopher Moses Hess, one of the founders of Zionism and a committed Socialist. Berlin also discusses Hess’s evolution as a philosopher, from International Socialism to Zionism. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
103 A Fire at Sea (1957) Isaiah Berlin introduces and reads his translation of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev's short story, 'A Fire at Sea' in which Turgenev recounts an embarrassing episode from his youth. Originally broadcast by the BBC's Third Programme in 1957. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
104 Alexander Herzen: His Opinions and Character (1955) Lecture on Alexander Herzen, philosopher and founder of Russia’s first free press. He discusses Herzen’s passionate belief in individual liberty and his distaste for the new violent radicalism in Russia in his time. Isaiah Berlin 15 Apr 2009
105 Freedom and its Betrayal: Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1952) Berlin lectures on Rousseau's The Social Contract and discusses Rousseau's anti-intellectualism, his idealism of Nature, and the worryingly authoritarian implications of his philosophy. Originally broadcast for the BBC's Third Programme in 1952. Isaiah Berlin 14 Apr 2009
106 The East Side story: How executive uncertainty created an accession conditionality that never was A presentation given by Research Fellow Cristina Parau at Wolfson College on February 24th 2009. Dr Parau is also a member of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies in Oxford. Cristina Parau 19 Mar 2009
107 The long hard road to democracy and social justice A lecture given by retired Labour MP Tony Benn at Wolfson College, Oxford. The lecture is introduced by Prof Richard Sorabji. Tony Benn 11 Dec 2008
108 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 2 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008
109 Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism Part 1 Professor Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford gave a lecture entitled 'Isaiah Berlin and the Challenge of Multiculturalism'. Timothy Garton Ash 03 Jul 2008