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Selwyn College Lectures, Talks and Videos

Here you can listen again to recorded special interest lectures and talks given at alumni events, and videos of the choir and college.

Gill Whitty-Collins

Online event: Gill Whitty-Collins (SE 1988): Why Men Win at Work. Whitty-Collins tackles the burning questions: if women have equal leadership ability, why are they so under-represented at the top of organisations - both in the private and public sector and in society as a whole? Why are we still living in a man’s world where virtually all the top jobs are occupied by men? And why do we accept it? ‘Why Men Win at Work’ is her first book, published last year. If you are interested to learn more, you can buy her book here. Shown live on Friday 12 February 2021.
To watch the talk, please click here.

John Morrill talk - A sinful schoolmaster and the making of modern Ireland, 1895-1921

Online event: 'A sinful schoolmaster and the making of modern Ireland, 1895-1921'. Professor John Morrill, Selwyn Fellow.
Fuelled by his love of Ireland, this lecture will explore what happened when in 1914 a parish priest in Ballyvaughan, county Clare, sacked the teacher in his parish school for reasons which are themselves mysterious.
An intriguing episode in Irish history which shines a light on the wider battle for independence. Hosted by Vice-Master Dr Janet O'Sullivan, who takes questions from the audience. Shown live on Friday 29 January 2021.
To watch the talk, please click here.

Alumni Carol Service 2020

Selwyn College, Cambridge - Alumni Carol Service 2020. We know - in these extraordinary times - at least one thing, which is that our carol service will reach more people than ever before, because we can join our communities in the UK and right around the world. The service is a traditional blend of wonderful Christmas music. You will see the choir, some of them in professionally shot videos from recent years, others from the more recent streaming services brought to you by the cameras we put into chapel for the health emergency. We are  immensly grateful to our alumni guests: Tom Hollander, Zia Mody, Hugh Laurie, Kate Forbes, Tim Davie and John Sentamu who gave the readings in this Alumni Carol Service. To view the video, premiered on YouTube on Saturday 19 December 2020, please click here.

Jenny Moore

Children's storytime online event. Award-winning writer and children’s author Jenny Moore (SE 1994) reads Agent Starling: Operation Baked Beans. Jenny Moore gave a reading from her recent book Agent Starling: Operation Baked Beans and answered questions from her young readers. Suitable for ages 7 to 12.
To listen to the talk, introduced by Vice-Master and Fellow Dr Janet O'Sullivan, please click here.

Sir Stephen Wall

Online event:  'A unique perspective on Brexit'. Sir Stephen Wall (1965), Selwyn Honorary Fellow, was a member of the British diplomatic service for 35 years. He was the UK’s permanent representative to the EU, and a key advisor to prime ministers John Major and Tony Blair. He talks to Roger Mosey about Britain's relationship with Europe. Shown live on Monday 30th November. 
To watch the talk, please click here.

Richard Budgett

Online event: Dr Richard Budgett OBE (SE 1977) in conversation with the Master, Roger Mosey. Olympic gold medal-winner talks about rowing at Selwyn and his career as Team GB doctor and now with the International Olympic Committee. Shown live on 29th September 2020.
To watch the talk, please click here.


Commem 2020

Commemoration of Benefactors Service, Saturday 26 September 2020, 6.00pm
To watch the service on YouTube, please click here


Dr Ronita Bardhan

Online Event: 'Fixing India's slum rehabilitation housing' - by Dr Ronita Bardhan.
There was a large and appreciative online audience for our Fellow Dr Ronita Bardhan’s talk about her work in urban design. A version also appears in the latest edition of Selwyn Magazine. Shown live on Wednesday 23 September 2020.
To watch the full lecture with questions and answers, introduced and facilitated by Roger Mosey, please click here.


Tim Dee

Online Event: 'Journeys in Springtime' by Tim Dee (SE 1980). Acclaimed author, radio producer and birdwatcher, Tim Dee talks to journalist Robert Hanks about his career and his latest book. Shown live on 22nd September 2020.
To watch the talk, introduced by Development Director, Mike Nicholson, please click here.


Dr David SmithOnline Event: Dr David Smith presents: "Oliver Cromwell: hero or villain?" - Friday 17 May 2020
The name Oliver Cromwell is synonymous with England's failed Republican experiment. But the man himself continues to fascinate us. In this illustrated talk, Dr David Smith explores Cromwell's life and career through a selection of his letters and speeches, and considers why opinion is still so divided over whether he was a hero or a villain.
To watch the full lecture with questions and answers, introduced and facilitated by Roger Mosey, please click here.


Trevor Phillips OBEAnnual Ramsay Murray Lecture 2020 - 15 May 2020
The New Normal: Diversity, Difference and Discord 
by Trevor Phillips, OBE
His lecture, introduced by the Master of Selwyn, Roger Mosey, is available to watch in full, with a concluding question and answer session.To watch the lecture, click here.


Professor David ReynoldsAnnual Ramsay Murray Lecture 2019 - 10 May 2019

Professor David Reynolds, speaking on "History: academic, personal and public".
Professor Reynolds will explore some of the achievements of academic history today and also reflect on what can get lost if history becomes too "academic".
This lecture is available as an audio recording only, click here to listen.


Ramsay Murray Lecture 2016Annual Ramsay Murray Lecture 2016 - 6 May 2016
"The Obama Impact"
Professor Theda Skocpol
of Harvard University, assesses the impact of Barack Obama as president, and analyses the current state of American politics. To watch the lecture, click here.


Ramsay Murray Lecture 2015Annual Ramsay Murray Lecture 2015 - 1 May 2015
Russia and the West: lessons from the Ukraine crisis
Given by Bridget Kendall. Selwyn College Cambridge presents the annual Ramsay Murray Lecture on the subject of modern day Russia under the Presidency of Vladimir Putin and given by the BBC's Diplomatic Correspondent, Bridget Kendall
. To watch the lecutre, click here.



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