Niall Ferguson opens Roger Scruton memorial lecture series

Roger Scruton finally makes his mark on Oxford
Niall Ferguson opens Roger Scruton memorial lecture series

ARTILLERY ROW By Graham Stewart 18 October, 2021
Oxford’s Sheldonian theatre is expecting a near capacity audience this Monday evening for the first annual Roger Scruton Memorial Lecture. The lecture series, which commemorates the life and thought of Britain’s leading modern conservative philosopher, will commence with a lecture by the historian, Professor Niall Ferguson, on the future of the Anglosphere. He will be introduced by the housing and communities secretary, Michael Gove, who will moderate the event.

Read the full article on The Critic website HERE.

Charles Moore's Spectator column 4 Nov

In Oxford a week ago, the last of the first Roger Scruton memorial lectures took place. It was delivered by Jonathan Sumption, whose subject was, simply, ‘Democracy’. Its survival, he said, was by no means assured. After it, I interviewed him on stage. The memory of Sir Roger, the great conservative thinker, was suitably honoured by the venue, the Sheldonian. And the fact that his ideas are of the moment was confirmed by the numbers: 700 people, mostly undergraduates, got in and others had to be turned away. The Roger Scruton Legacy Foundation, which organised everything, is an impressive collection of highly motivated young intellectuals. The series had the official seal of approval by Chris Patten, the Chancellor of Oxford, who gave the vote of thanks. This was all very heartening, and I was glad that Lord Patten made a point of emphasising the importance of freedom of thought and speech at his university. But it was interesting that he felt the need to do so: such things did not even need saying at great British universities in the late 20th century. One of Roger’s best achievements was to help the ‘flying’ universities that met covertly in communist eastern Europe in the 1980s. I remember him describing the ardour with which students sucked in the air of intellectual freedom. I sense a comparable hunger in Oxford today, as the threat to freedom grows.

The full article can be read here.

News from Scrutopia - 5th November 2021

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When fear leads to tyranny - UnHerd Nov 21

When fear leads to tyranny. Democracy is being quietly redefined. By Jonathan Sumption

This is the fourth and final lecture in the inaugural series of Sir Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures delivered at the Sheldonian Theatre on 27 October 2021.

You can view this lecture online via YouTube 

Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures 2021

Held at The Sheldonian Theatre, all four lectures are now available via YouTube HERE



Czech translation of Conversations with Roger Scruton

We are pleased to share the link to the new Czech translation of Conversations with Roger Scruton by Dr Mark Dooley.

Roger Scruton Memorial Lectures Oxford

This inaugural series of free public lectures will honour Roger's legacy by inviting eminent public intellectuals to speak on four topics within an overarching theme.

Each lecture will be held at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, UK.

Doors open at 4:30 pm, and the lectures begin at 5 pm.

Niall Ferguson on the Future of the Anglosphere

18 OCTOBER, 2021 

Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe,’ was published by Penguin Press on May 4 2021.

Tom Holland on Puritanism and Iconoclasm

20 OCTOBER, 2021

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian, biographer and broadcaster. He is the author of many bestselling books and his most recent, ‘Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind,’ was published in 2019 by Little, Brown.

Marwa Al-Sabouni on Beauty and Home

25 OCTOBER, 2021

Marwa Al-Sabouni is a critically acclaimed architect and the author of ‘The Battle for Home: Memoir of a Syrian Architect’ (2016) and ‘Building for Hope: Towards and Architecture of Belonging’ (2021), both published by Thames & Hudson.

Jonathan Sumption on Democracy

27 OCTOBER, 2021 

Jonathan Sumption is a renowned historian and former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. Four instalments of his critically acclaimed history of the Hundred Years’ War have been published between 1990 and 2015, all by Faber & Faber.


HPP Fellowships 2021

HPP Fellowships 2021

Four Fellowships for the Roger Scruton Philosophy Symposium were awarded to Ms Maria Kadzielska, Ms Nino Gabelashvili, Mr Bartosz Wesol, and Mr Valentino Findirk. The Fellowships are part of the New Generations Research Exchange organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, University of Oxford in collaboration with the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb and the Humane Philosophy Project with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation. We are delighted to share their feedback HERE


Scrutopia Summer Programme 2022

Following the success and enjoyment of this year's event, we are very pleased to be able to share the dates for next summer. 
Alumni Meeting  1st - 6th July 2022

Scrutopia Summer School 22nd July - 31st July 2022
Further details will be released in due course. 

News from Scrutopia - 7th September 2021

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