Magdalen talks

The Alumni Office offers regular webinars and livestreams featuring Magdalen students, Fellows and alumni. You can find upcoming events here. You can find recordings of our previous webinars below and on our YouTube channel.

28 April 2021

Professor Tim Barraclough: “A virtual tour of Addison’s Walk”

Watch a video tour of Addison’s Walk and the Fellows’ Garden with Garden Master and Professor of Evolutionary Biology Tim Barraclough and Dinah Rose, President of Magdalen, along with Scrumpy the College dog. Learn more about the history of Addison’s Walk, its flora and fauna (including the origin of Magdalen’s fritillaries), the importance of the unique biodiversity it supports… and much more.

06 July 2021

Fellow by Examination: Dr Michelle Pfeffer: “Astrological forecasting of epidemic disease in early modern England”

Did you know that before epidemiologists began modelling disease, it was the job of astrologers? Dr Michelle Pfeffer will show how early modern astrologers used the tools of their trade to predict the diseases that they thought were likely to impact the health of their community and took on many of the activities we associate with public health today, such as the communication of health information to the public; the forecasting of disease at the population-level; and the surveillance and analysis of epidemic disease.

14 January 2022

Professor Samson Kambalu: “Cinema and the Antelope”

In this lecture Magdalen Fellow in Fine Art Professor Samson Kambalu will look at how his approach to art relates to postcolonial cinema and the Nyau mask tradition of Malawi.

19 January 2022

Dr Lucy Gwynn, Dr Michelle Pfeffer & Dr Marcello Cattaneo: “A Virtual tour of the Old Library”

Learn more about the history of the Old Library and enjoy a close-up view of our most important and beautiful books from our collection with President Dinah Rose, Librarian Dr Lucy Gwynn, and Fellows by Examination Dr Michelle Pfeffer (Early Modern History) and Dr Marcello Cattaneo (English Literature). Uncover the fascinating history of science with 16th- and 17th-century books on astrology, microscopy, and medicine; marvel at enormous cosmic dragons, early anatomical drawings, and giant insects; and explore early modern Hebrew books used during the production of the King James Bible.