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The Jowett Bicentenary Seminar & Dinner

Saturday 18 March 2017 from 2.00pm

‘Keeping Higher Education Open: Access, Safe Spaces and the International Context’

This event celebrates the impact that Balliol has made on Oxford and generations of talented students, through reforms that originated in Balliol and culminated under Benjamin Jowett – in which so many aspects of what we think of as the ‘Oxford experience’ were rooted. The seminar will discuss the importance of both widening access to and also maintaining open discourse at universities. It will feature contributions from:

  • Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford – whose inaugural address in 2016 made central the question of: ‘How do we ensure students appreciate the value of engaging with ideas they find objectionable, trying through reason to change another’s mind, while always being open to changing their own?’
  • Michael Freeman (1969), Founder of the Argent property group – who endowed Balliol’s post of David Freeman Outreach and Student Support Officer, held until recently by Kate Kettle (2007), Deputy Director of Widening Participation at King's College London, which has transformed Balliol’s widening access, mentoring and support programmes for prospective students.
  • Dr Vicky Neale, Supernumerary Fellow and Whitehead Lecturer in Mathematics – an engaging speaker who brings mathematics to a broader audience through public lectures and talks, workshops in schools, and regular contributions on BBC Radio 4.

The day will also see the launch of the Jowett Society, in recognition of loyal donors whose regular donations enable the College to advance the traditions which emerged and became established during Jowett’s time – including the tutorial system, admission on merit, philanthropic giving and supporting students in need. We will hear more about Jowett’s life and legacy at Balliol and beyond from Professor Richard Jenkyns (1967), Professor of the Classical Tradition at Oxford since 1999 and the University’s Public Orator from 2004 until 2016.

Times: Refreshments from 2.00pm, and the Seminar starts at 2.30pm. Drinks reception at 6.30pm, followed by dinner in Hall at 7.30pm.

Price: No charge to attend the seminar. The fee for drinks and dinner is £50 for Old Members and friends of Balliol / £25 for Young Alumni (matriculated in 2003 and after). Guests will be charged at the same rates.

Dress code: Seminar - smart casual; Dinner - lounge suits

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If you have any questions, please contact Aria Johnston.