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Highlights of Hilary Term

Instead of sifting through Facebook Events, we have gathered the info you need for events scheduled so far this term in Oxford!

For the curious:

Stargazing Oxford

The Department of Physics will open the sky to the public with activities, talks, and interactive stalls that will observe the night sky and the sounds of space.

When: January 25th, 2 pm – 9 pm

Where: Denys Wilkinson Building

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Oxford Forum Debates

Students associated with the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats will debate issues such as the nationalisation of energy, mail, and rail, and the first-past-the-post voting system.

When: First debate is January 28th, 4:15- 7:00 pm, other dates and times to be announced on their Facebook page

Where: Moser Theatre, Wadham College

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Are We Entitled to Choose How We Die?

A discussion between Amy Proffitt (Medical Director in Palliative Medicine), Dr. Maria Stamatopoulou, and Selina Abacherli will take on the ethical debates surrounding death, such as the “Right to Die” and hospice care. The talk will follow a wine reception. Part of an ongoing series through Lincoln College which explores ethical and philosophic dilemmas.

When: January 30th, 5:15 – 7:00 pm

Where: Lincoln College

Cost/Registration: Free. Must preregister here

TEDxOxford

TEDxOxford’s theme for 2020 is ‘A World Unbound’ and will focus on technological advances, featuring professional speakers from all walks of life, as well as a student speaker.

When: February 2nd, 10:30 – 5 pm

Where: Oxford New Theatre

Cost/Registration: £30.40

Buy tickets here

Benjamin Zephaniah – Writers Make Worlds

The English Faculty will host a conversation between writer, poet, and musician Benjamin Zephaniah with Elleke Boehmer and Malachi McIntosh 

When: March 20th, 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Where: Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, St. Cross Building

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

For the social-justice minded:

Feminism and Fizz – Women and Self-Doubt

Open dialogue about the role gender plays in the perception of self over alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

When: January 23, 8:30 – 11 pm

Where: St. Peter’s

Cost/Registration: Free for the first week, £2 for members and non-drinking, non-members, £4 for non-members after the open period

Love Island: Feminism, Postmodernism and Late Capitalism

Writers Livia Franchini and Denise Bonetti will discuss their poetry anthology that analysed season four of Love Island.

When: January 24th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: South Writing School at Examination Schools

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Oxford Vegan and Ethical Market

50 vendors will sell vegan food, crafts, and gifts.

When: January 25th, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Oxford Town Hall

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Equality in Elite Higher Education – A Contradiction of Terms?

This event is hosted by the SJC Women’s network and will feature a panel of speakers Linda McDowell, Will Hutton, Danny Dorling, and Samina Khan.

When: March 3rd, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Where: Auditorium at St John’s College

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

For the globally-minded:

Oxford Forum for International Development 2020: Beyond Pledges: Delivering Change in an Inclusive World

OxFID will explore why pledges are seldom actually carried out on the international stage with panels, debates, and workshops will top scholars in the area.

When: February 8-9, starting at 10:00 am

Where: Blavatnik School of Government

Cost/Registration: £15.00 for one day, £25.00 for both days. Buy tickets here

Oxford China Forum 2020: Modern China

This event will explore how economic reforms during the past 40 years have impacted China today through intersectional perspectives with scholars and students.

When: February 22nd-23rd starting at 9:00 am

Where: Oxford Town Hall

Cost/Registration: £19.00 for one day, £29.00 for both days

Buy tickets here

For the museum enthusiasts:

Ashmolean After Hours

The Ashmolean keeps its doors open past the normal closing time every last Friday of the month. Along with exploring exhibits without the normal crowds, there will also be talks and other events.

When: January 31st

Where: Ashmolean Museum

Cost/Registration: Entry is free to the museum, but must preregister for talks here

Young Rembrandt Exhibition

Early works by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn will be displayed for the first time ever to the public right here in Oxford.

When: February 27th through June 7th

Where: Ashmolean Museum

Cost/Registration: Free for University of Oxford students with Bod Card

For those invested in the stage and screen:

Jericho Comedy Saturday

Every Saturday night new stand-up favourites from around the UK gather in the Jericho Cafe.

When: every Saturday starting January 25th

Where: Jericho Cafe

Cost/ Registration: £8.00, book here

Parasite + Satellite Q & A with Director Bong Joon Ho

The hugely successful movie, Parasite by South-Korean director Bong Joon Ho, will be featured in a film screening followed by a Q&A with the director himself.

When: February 3rd, 6:00 pm

Where: Phoenix Picture House

Cost/Registration: £12.60 for a student ticket, book here

Measure for Measure

This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure features a majority female cast.

When: February 4-8

Where: Burton Taylor Studio

Cost/Registration: £6.00, book here

The Gentlewomen: An Opera College

The Korrigan Consort will present The Gentlewomen with songs by Barbara Strozzi. The opera delves into themes of gendered violence through moving music.

When: February 21-22

Where: St. Mary Magdalene Church

Cost/Registration: £10 student ticket, book here

For those in dire need of a night out:

BLUR vs. OASIS – The Beef Series #1

Blur and Oasis and other ‘90s jams will be blasting in Plush Lounge.

When: January 27th, 10:30 pm -2:00 am

Where: Plush Lounge

Cost/Registration: £4.50, book here

Testpress Presents: Danielle, Testpress DJs and more

Danielle, DJ from London, is bringing her iconic sound to Plush for you to dance, bop, and bounce along with. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

When: February 5th, 11:00 pm to 3:00 am

Where: Plush Lounge

Cost/Registration: £8.00, £10.00 at the door. Book online here

Jive Hive Presents… The CABARET

An extravagant night of costumes, dancing and theatrics hosted by the Jive Hive.

When: February 12th, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Where: Freud

Cost/Registration: £10.00, book here

Live at Sandy’s

Different Oxford groups perform weekly. Settle in with a drink and take in music from fabulous jazz musicians.

When: Every Monday night, 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Where: Sandy’s Piano Bar

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

For those looking for a job even in this economy:

Improve Your Interview Technique

The Career Service has planned a session to prepare students for future interviews, be it for a job, academic program, or other important positions.

When: January 29th, 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Where: Career Services, 56 Banbury Road

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Creative Careers Night

This Career Night is geared towards students interested in careers in screenwriting, producing TV and film, gaming, advertising and other areas in creative arts. Many industry professionals will be there to talk casually with students.

When: February 6th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Ashmolean Museum

Cost/Registration: Free, preregister here

OX and Start-Ups Fair

A variety of employers with available full-time jobs and internships will all be in one place, making it easier to ask questions and get them answered quickly by potential employers.

When: February 12th, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: H B Allen Centre

Cost/Registration: Free, no registration required

Masterclass in Public Speaking with David Nihill

For those who get sweaty palms just thinking about public speaking or giving a presentation, David Nihill will help those get past their nerves and deliver to their audience effectively.

When: February 24th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Oxford Foundry

Cost/ Registration: Free, preregister here