The Humanitas Visiting Professorships Programme invites leading academics and practitioners from all over the world to come to Oxford and Cambridge and take part in a series of open events including talks, lectures, debates and seminars. All events are open to the public and address a key topic in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Previous visiting professors include Rowan Williams, Kelly Reichardt and Sir Christopher Bayly.
The Humanitas Visiting Professorships Programme has become an established part of the intellectual scenes at Oxford and Cambridge, has held over 20 successful series, has been attended by approximately six thousand people and viewed online all over the world. The website offers information about visiting scholars, links to video lectures and news on upcoming events. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, Humanitas is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Development with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and administered by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH). The programme is also run at the University of Cambridge in conjunction with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRAASH).