Leconfield Lectures

Leconfield Lectures

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The Leconfield Lecture is named after the first Chairman of the British-Italian Society. Hugh Wyndham, who was Chairman for 12 years in the 1940s and 1950s, became Lord Leconfield in 1952. After Lord Leconfield’s death in 1963, Sir Ashley Clarke, then Chairman of the Society, inaugurated this series of  lectures (which became annual during the 1970s) in his honour. The Leconfield Lecture has for many years been the main event in the Society’s annual calendar, and has always been given by a speaker of particular distinction.

2020
Visions of Heaven: the Art of Divine Light in Painting
Prof Martin Kemp
2019
Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi: Two Italian Artists at the Court of King Charles I
Dr Gabriele Finaldi
2018
Edgar Degas and Italy
Dr Denis V Reidy
2017
The Two Eyes of Europe: Byzantium and Italy
Lord True
2016
The Beginnings of Global Opera
Dr Benjamin Walton
2015
The Ceramic Museum of Casteldilago
Sir Timothy Clifford
2014
Becoming a Musician in Renaissance Italy - or Not...
Dr Bonnie Blackburn
2013
The State of Italy
Mr Bill Emmott
2012
Travelling Texts, Eastern Approaches: Italian Fabulists and the 1001 Nights
Dame Marina Warner
2011
Italo Calvino
Prof Martin McLaughlin
2010
Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane
Dr Andrew Graham-Dixon
2009
Hadrian, the Eternal Emperor
Dr Paul Roberts
2008
Women in Power: Caterina and Maria De Medici and the Artemisia Tapestries
Dr James Bradburne
2007
The Giuseppe Garibaldi Bicentenary
Ms Anita Garibaldi & Prof Daniel Pick
2006
Puccini's Heroines
Sir Antonio Pappano
2005
Mazzini: Prophet of the Nation
Prof Christopher Duggan
2004
Melo and Drama: The Films of Luchino Visconti and the Music of Nino Rota
Dr Richard Dyer
2003
Herculaneum
Prof Andrew Walace-Hadrill
2002
Justice Italian Style
Mr David Willey
2001
Verdi in his Anniversary Year
Sir Edward Downes
2000
The Future of the Catholic Church and the Papacy
Mr John Wilkins
1999
Can You Have Too Much of Italy? (interview with Mr John Tusa)
Earl Harewood
1998
Thinking Forward on Europe
Lord Hurd
1997
Paradise of Exiles: A View from the Keats-Shelley Memorial House in Rome
Ms Bathsheba Abse
1996
Italy and Britain in Europe: Results and Perspectives
Ambassador Paolo Galli
1995
Anglo-Italians: Ideological Defectors in the First Cold War (1547-1620)
Lord Dacre
1994
The Italian Republic in the Face of the Future
Dr Paul Ginsborg
1993
The Bellini: A Venetian Family Firm
Dr Jennifer Fletcher
1992
Italy and Britain in Europe: The Thoughts of a British Italophile Who Had Spent Some Time in Brussels
Rt Hon Lord Jenkins of Hillhead
1991
Machiavelli: Image and Interpretation
Professor Nicolai Rubinstein
1990
Looking Eastwards and Looking Southwards: The Changing Landscape of Europe
Ambassador Boris Biancheri
1989
The Italian Armistice of 1943
Prof Denis Mack Smith
1988
The Alps as a Cultural Frontier in the Renaissance
Sir John Hale
1987
Italian Caricature and its English Transformations
Sir Ernst Gombrich
1986
Classical Scholarship for a Classical Country: The Problem of Education in Italy from the Risorgimento
Professor Arnaldo Momigliano
1985
The Reputation and Critical Fortune in Britain of Gabriele d'Annunzio
Professor J R Woodhouse
1984
The Norman Kingdom of Sicily
Lord Norwich
1983
Some Reflections on Italian Fascism
Dr Christopher Seton-Watson
1982
Drawing a Future from the Past: Italian Cultural Activities in the United Kingdom
Mr John Drummond
1981
Anglo-Italian Wartime Relations and the Origins of the British-Italian Society
Ruggero Orlando
1980
Italian Foreign Policy and the Development of the European Community in the Mediterranean
Ambassador Andrea Cagiati
1979
The Governability of Democracies: The British and Italian Cases
Sig Arrigo Levi
1978
Is Venice Still Sinking?
Sir Ashley Clarke
1977
Alberico Gentili: The 16th Century Italian Jurist in England
Dr Pietro Del Giudice
1976
The Italian Experience of Devolution
Ambassador Roberto Ducci
1975
Ugo Foscolo in England and Italy
Professor E R Vincent
1974
Gli Antichi Banchieri di Firenze ed i loro Rapporti con la Gran Bretagna
Avv Lorenzo Corrini
1973
1972
Keats and Shelley in Italy
Professor Neville Rogers
1971
Rossini in London
Mr Alexander Bryett
1970
September 20th, 1870 (Centenary of Unification Celebration)
Professor Emilia Morelli
1969 (Oct)
The Past, Present and Future of the Italian Merchant Navy
Admiral Ernesto Giuriati
1969 (Mar)
The Economic Situation in Southern Italy
Avv Vittorio Veronese
1968 (Oct)
Antonio Panizzi
Dr E J Miller
1968 (Mar)
The Architecture of Our Time
Professor Pier Luigi Nervi
1967
Italian Foreign Policy: A Personal View
Ambassador Gastone Guidotti
1966 (Dec)
Verdi's ``Simon Boccanegra``
Maestro Tito Gobbi
1966 (June)
Problems of Italy Today
Dr Guido Carli
1966 (May)
Rome and the Second Vatican Council
Archbishop Cardinale
1965 (Nov)
Post-War Cinema in Italy
Mario Soldati
1965 (May)
The Italian Liberal Party
On Giovanni Malagodi
1965 (Apr)
The Rebirth of Italian Fashion
Marchese Emilio Pucci
1965 (Mar)
The IRI: State and Industry in the Italian Economy
Professor Pasquale Saraceno
1964 (Nov)
The Position of Women in Italian Life Today
Signora Maria Luisa Astaldi
1964 (Jun)
Socialism and the Working Class
Senator Paolo Vittorelli
1964 (Mar)
The Role of Christian Democracy in Italy
On G Codacci Pisanelli
1964 (Feb)
The Opening to the Left
On Pierluigi Romita
1963 (Dec)
Italian Public Opinion
Dr Italo Zingarelli
1963 (Nov)
How Italian Democracy Works
Ambassador Pietro Quaroni