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Humanitas was 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. Administered by the Humanities Division and TORCH in Oxford from 2011-2016.

Created by the late Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is now fully managed by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.


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