Herbertson Lunch and lecture for SoGE Alumni

All SoGE alumni are invited to join us for our departmental programme at Meeting Minds, the alumni weekend in Oxford, on Saturday 20 September 2014: our second Herbertson Lunch, and lectures by Dr Jamie Lorimer and Head of School Professor Sarah Whatmore (organised by Keble College).

The University's annual flagship event for old members showcases the best and brightest of Oxford - past, present and future - through a series of more than 70 lectures, panel discussions, tours, workshops and social activities, and we are proud to contribute to this exciting programme.

Meeting Minds - Alumni Weekend in Oxford

Booking information

Booking is now open and will be organised centrally through the University's Alumni Office.

Tickets cost 65 for a Weekend Pass or 40 to attend a bundle of 4 sessions plus access to the Welcome Reception. Simply go to the secure event booking site and enter the code AlumWknd14/SoGE to access a tailored version of the form complete with our exclusive sessions.

Any questions? Contact the Alumni Office at or Christine Baro-Hone.

Saturday 20 September, 10 - 11.15am

Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Environmentalism without nature

Dr Jamie Lorimer

Dr Jamie Lorimer, Associate Professor in Human Geography and Fellow of Hertford

Halford Mackinder Lecture Theatre, School of Geography and the Environment

The diagnosis of the 'Anthropocene' marks the public end of the idea of nature as a pure place removed from society and revealed by natural science. This problematic idea has been central to much Western environmentalism. The lecture explores new ways of thinking and doing environmentalism that need not make recourse to nature. It focuses on the promise and pitfalls of rewilding - a novel mode of wildlife conservation - illustrated through an experiment in the Netherlands.


Saturday 20 September, 11.45am - 12.45pm

Living with Flooding: Science, democracy and the complex challenge of managing environmental risk

Professor Sarah Whatmore

Professor Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy, and Fellow of Keble College

O'Reilly Theatre, Keble College

2014 heralded the latest in a series of severe floods in the UK. Media coverage and subsequent debate focussed on the growing frequency of extreme weather and cuts in government flood defence budgets.

What about the important but often neglected contributions of public engagement as a critical component of improving policies and practices of flood resilience? Professor Whatmore, who focuses on the interface between cultural geography, political theory and science and technology studies, will draw upon her recent research to propose a new approach to living with flooding.


Saturday 20 September, 12.30 - 2pm

Herbertson Lunch for SoGE Alumni

A J Herbertson Room, School of Geography and the Environment

Following lectures given by Dr Jamie Lorimer and Professor Sarah Whatmore, alumni of the School of Geography and the Environment are invited to our second Herbertson Lunch, held at the School's freshly refurbished home on South Parks Road. Come and join us for drinks and sandwiches, learn more about the School's research and teaching and meet fellow alumni as well as recent graduates who will receive prizes for their academic achievements.

Contribution: 5

Other Alumni Weekend sessions you might enjoy:

  • How the Railways Changed Oxford. A guided walk. | 19 Sept, 2.30 pm, Brochure p8 | Liz Woolley
    Visit some of the sites that tell the story of how the late arrival of the railway changed Oxford physically, economically and socially.
  • Understanding Fracking for Shale Gas | 20 Sept, 4.15 pm, Brochure p24 | Joe Cartwright, Shell Professor of Earth Sciences
    Looking at examples overseas and at home, Joe Cartwright explains the science behind the media stories.
  • The biogeography of Madagascar, a Gondwanan island | 21 September, 11.45 am, Brochure p32 | Matt Friedman, Lecturer in Palaeobiology
    This lecture will look at the evolution of the unique Flora and fauna of Madagascar and how it is intertwined with the geological history of the island.

Browse the full Alumni Weekend programme for more details and to see the wealth of talks, tours, workshops and social activities on offer. If you'd prefer a hard copy of the brochure, please contact the University Alumni Office (+44 (0)1865 611621 or by email: ).