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Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust with the support of a series of generous benefactors and administered by TORCH | The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

The programme is also run at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH).

Now in its fifth year the Humanitas Visiting Professorships Programme has become an established part of the intellectual scenes at Oxford and Cambridge, has held over 20 successful series, has been attended by approximately six thousand people and viewed online all over the world.

The Humanitas series has touched upon topics as enduring as Holocaust Studies and as cutting-edge as Social Movements in the Internet Age. The events have drawn together interested audiences of various backgrounds to hear distinguished speakers share experiences and aspirations, as well as explore new arguments in masterfully-chaired seminars and symposia.

A full list of chairs can be found in the right hand menu under the Humanitas header.





Resisting Apologetics

Abdou Filali-Ansary, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies, asks what we can learn from Ibn Rushd and our contemporaries

Tom Stoppard Q&A

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard Q&A with Professor Dame Hermione Lee.

The Past and its Publics

Simon Schama, Margaret MacMillan and Craig Clunas tackle the thorny question of how the past should interact with the public, or publics, who consume it

A Conductor's Point of View

Thielemann discusses the art of conducting, the historical context of 19th and 20th century opera, and the commonalities between Wagner and Strauss

Performing Opera

Roundtable discussion as part of Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Opera Studies 2015-2016