The Ferguson Lectures

The Ferguson Lecture Series was launched in 2007 to encourage healthy debate and discussion on topical issues of the day.  The Lectures are open to the public and are free of charge.  So far, the series has featured a number of distinguished speakers, from Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge to Editor of the New Statesman, Jason Cowley.   

All tickets are free of charge but as seats are limited, please reserve your place in advance.

During our 150th Anniversary year, the lecture series will focus on the theme Looking to the Future and will address global issues such as the finite planet, food security, moral and ethical issues, the UK after Brexit and prospects for the English language.  We look forward to welcoming the following eminent historians and academics to discuss these issues:

Thursday 28th February 2019 

5.00 - 6.00pm

Tom holland

How Did We Arrive Where We Are? A brief analysis of the last 150 years

With writer and historian Tom Holland. Please click here to book your free seat.

Thursday 7th March 2019

5.00 - 6.00pm

Brendan simms

The UK post BREXIT

With Brendan Simms, Professor of The History of International Relations, Cambridge University.  Please click here to book your free seat.

Wednesday 13th March 2019

5.00 - 6.00pm

Jonathan bartley

How Sustainable Ways of Life Will Change the Way We Live

With Jonathan Bartley, Party Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. Please click here to book your free seat.

Wednesday 20th March 2019

5.00 - 6.00pm

Sam wells

What will Influence our Moral Compass in a Secular Age?

With Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, London. Please click here to book your free seat.

Wednesday 24th April 2019

5.00 - 6.00pm

Tim wheeler

Food Security, Resource Management and Growing Populations

With Tim Wheeler, Professor of Crop Science at the University of Reading and Director of Science and Innovation at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Please click here to book your free seat.

Wednesday 8th May 2019

5.00 - 6.00pm

Simon horobin

The Future of English, Once a Powerful Tool in Communications, Diplomacy and Politics

With Professor Simon Horobin, Faculty of English, Magdalen College Oxford Please click here to book your free seat.