Main menu


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 the late 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.

To be the first to hear about upcoming Humanitas events, please sign up to the TORCH mailing list here.


Albert Hourani Revisited

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Historiography, on Arabic and Indian thought in the liberal age.

Class dismissed...

Speaker: Vik Muniz (Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art 2014). Chair: Sally Shaw (Head of Programme, Modern Art Oxford)

David Edgar: Plays for Today

Closing symposium with critic Michael Billington, playwright Rachel De-lahay, theatremaker Chris Goode academic and Dr Liz Tomlin

David Edgar: How Playwrights Work

A conversation with playwrights David Edgar, April de Angelis and David Greig discussing their working methods and what is (or isn’t) unique about their work

David Edgar: State of Play

First lecture in which Playwright David Edgar outlines the story of new writing in postwar British theatre and the growth of the anti-writer trend since the 1990s