Events at Balliol

Balliol Musical Society concert: Sir András Schiff

18 May 2023, 7.00pm, Balliol Hall

The College is delighted that pianist Sir András Schiff (Supernumerary Fellow of Balliol) will be giving a concert in Balliol Hall. Open to all. Free admission. No booking needed: first-come-first-served until the Hall is full.

Book launch and discussion

16 May 2023, 5.00-6.00pm, Lecture Room 23, Balliol College

Asang Wankhede (Balliol 2021, DPhil Law) invites you to a launch and discussion about his book Affirmative Action for Economically Weaker Sections and Upper-Castes in Indian Constitutional Law: Context, Judicial Discourse, and Critique (Routledge, 2022). Please register here.

Oliver Smithies Lecture

11 May 2023, 5.30-7:00pm, Balliol College, Master’s Dining Room

Professor Brian Lewis (Oliver Smithies Lecturer) will give the first of his Oliver Smithies Lectures entitled: ‘Greek to the Soul: George Ives and Homosexuality in Britain from Wilde to Wolfenden’

May morning

1 May 2023, 7.45am, Balliol College Front Quad

Balliol College Chapel Choir will sing from the Salvin Tower at 7.45am on Monday 1 May 2023. All are warmly invited to listen to the choir from Front Quad as part of their celebrations for May Day.

Oliver Smithies Lecture

16 May 2023, 1.00-2.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Manor Road Building, Manor Road Oxford OX1 3UQ

Dr Shashi Jayakumar (Oliver Smithies Visiting Lecturer) will give a lecture entitled ‘Disinformation and Hybrid Threats – The Singapore Perspective’.


21 May 2023, 5.30pm, Chapel

Preacher: Revd Dr Michael Lloyd, Principal, Wycliffe Hall.


14 May 2023, 5.30pm, Chapel

Preacher: Gillian Hamnett, Director of Student Welfare, University of Oxford.


7 May 2023, 5.30pm, Chapel

Preacher: Revd Peter Godden, Vicar of St Dunstan’s Church, Monks Risborough.


30 April 2023, 5.30pm, Chapel

Preacher: Oliver Wright, Keble College, Oxford.


23 April 2023, 5.30pm, Chapel

Preacher: Dr Chloë Reddaway, Research Associate, Arts and the Sacred, King’s College London.

Omar Azfar Lecture 2023

9 May 2023, 5.00-6.30pm, Lecture Room 23

Professor Lawrie Balfour (John G. Winant Visiting Professor of American Government), ’ “Modern Life Begins with Slavery”: Toni Morrison and the Imagination of Freedom’. If you would like to attend, please contact the Development Office: see event details.

Musical Society concert

14 May 2023, 8.30pm, Balliol Hall

Balliol Members’ Concert: featuring a variety of works performed by Balliol members and friends.

Professor Stefano Zacchetti: Memorial and Book Launch

29 April 2023: 2.00-4.30pm British Summer Time, Online

On the third anniversary of the death of Professor Stefano Zacchetti (16 January 196829 April 2020), Yehan Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies and Professorial Fellow of Balliol 20122020, we invite you to join us via Zoom for a short commemoration of his life, friendship, and contribution to scholarship, and to celebrate the launch of the volume of his collected articles translated into Chinese. Please register via this link

Balliol Online Lecture

25 April 2023, 5.00pm, Online

Professor Martin Burton (Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Cochrane UK and Research Fellow in Clinical Medicine): ‘Who, What, Why? Making Better Decisions About Health Care’. Register here.

Research Consilium

3 May 2023, 6.00pm, Old Common Room

Professor Seamus Perry (Professor of English Literature, Massey Fellow and Tutor in English), ‘W.H. Auden: Early and Late’. Members of the Common Room only.