The Orwell Lecture

The Orwell Lecture has been given annually since 1989. Originally held at Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sheffield, the Lecture is now held at University College London each autumn.

The Orwell Lecture 2016 will be held on Tuesday 15th November, at 6.30pm at University College London.

2016

The Right to Dissent (and the Left too) – Ian Hislop

2015
War, Words and Reason: Orwell and Thomas Merton on the Crises of Language – Dr Rowan Williams

2014
‘Whatever Happened to Social Mobility’ – David Kynaston

2013
Democratising the Middle East: A New Role for the West – Professor Tariq Ramadan

2012
Secrets of the Cuban Missile Crisis – Professor Christopher Andrew

2011
Hacking away at the truth: an investigation and its consequences – Alan Rusbridger

2010
Orwell and the Oligarchs – Ferdinand Mount

2009
‘More like a castle than a realm’: Thomas Cromwell’s Radical England – Hilary Mantel

2008
The English – Andrew O’Hagan

2007
The Politics of Response – Orwell’s contribution to the questions of how we read and what reading is for – Michael Rosen

2006
Homo Brittanicus, Soctophobia and All That – Neal Ascherson

2005
Projections of the inner ‘I’: George Orwell’s Fiction – D.J. Taylor

2004
Just Law: The changing fact of justice and why it matters – Baronness Helena Kennedy QC

2003
From Authority to Celebrity – Intellectuals in Modern Britain – Professor Stefan Collini

2002
Professor Patrick Wright

2001
House of Memory and London’s Orbital Motorway – Iain Sinclair

2000
Nation, State and Globalisation – Martin Wolf

1999
The English Problem: National Identity and Citizenship – Professor Sir Bernard Crick

1998
Orwell’s ‘little list’ – Professor Peter Davison

1997
Inside the Whale: the Relationship between the State and the Individual – Frank Field MP

1996
The Ministry of Agriculture: The Ministry of Truth – Professor Richard Lacey

1995
Risk – Professor Anthony Giddens

1994
But is it Socialism? – Rt. Hon. Roy Hattersley MP

1993
Changing the Legal Culture – Helena Kennedy QC

1992
Socialist Values – Robin Cook MP

1991
Fiction and Agnosticism – Penelope Lively

1990
Must Revolutions Fail? – Sir Ralf Dahrendorf

1989
Big Brother, Big Sister and Today’s Media – Bruce Kent