Hilary 2019 Term Card

Below is the society’s term card for Hilary 2019. Photographs and other information will be posted throughout the term on social media channels. Events are free for all to attend, though tickets must be obtained through our Eventbrite page.


Giles Coren, Times columnist and restaurant critic

Giles Coren is a renowned columnist and restaurant critic for The Times and has contributed to publications including the Independent on Sunday, Tatler and GQ. In 2005 he was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year at the British Press Awards.

Outside of print, Giles has also co-presented BBC Four's 'Edwardian Supersize Me', as well as 'The Supersizers Go' and 'The Supersizers Eat' on BBC Two. His most recent project, 'Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby with Monica Galletti', also aired on BBC Two.

Wednesday 23rd Jan, University College, 18:00


Week 4


Nima Elbagir

Nima Elbagir is an award-winning Sudanese journalist and television correspondent, currently working for CNN in London. Since the start of her career in 2002, working for Reuters, Nima has gone on to report from some of the world’s most dangerous regions, on topics ranging from the slave trade in Libya to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. She remains one of a small group of journalists continuing to provide coverage of the situation in Yemen.

She has won numerous awards for her work, this year receiving the prestigious 2019 Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award in the Investigative category for her reporting on human rights abuses. Other nominations include the Amnesty Award for Human Rights Journalism and the One World Broadcast Awards.

Wednesday 6th Feb, Lincoln College, 18:00

Week 5


Scarlett Curtis

Scarlett Curtis is a writer, journalist, blogger and the New York contributing editor at Elle Magazine. Her work has appeared in a range of outlets, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and Vogue. In 2017 she launched the Pink Protest, the home of the #freeperiods campaign addressing period poverty in the UK, which successfully lobbied the government to allocate £1.5 million of funding to address period poverty, and has now relaunched as a youth-led movement against the problem worldwide. In 2018, Scarlett curated the Sunday Times Top 5 best-selling book ‘Feminists don’t wear pink & other lies’, featuring essays from inspirational women on what the F-word means to them. All of the royalties from the book go to the UN’s Girl Up foundation.

Wed 13th Feb, Corpus Christi College

Week 6


Matt Elek, CEO of VICE Media

A fan of the VICE magazine when growing up in Canada, Matt Elek has gone on to become one of the key figures in VICE Media. He was responsible for co-founding the UK print edition of VICE in 2002 and has since gone on to hold various positions in the company. At present, he is head of Vice's business in Europe, Middle East & Africa and oversees a network of more than 40 companies around the world. He is responsible for over 1500 regional staff, multiple media streams and hundreds of millions in turnover.

Wed 20th Feb, Pembroke College

Week 7

John Simpson

John Simpson is an English foreign correspondent and world affairs editor for BBC News. Having joined the BBC in 1966, he has spent his entire career working for the network, and is now one of the most influential and respected figures in the media. Over the course of his career at the BBC, the world has changed enormously, but John has continued to offer award-winning coverage of some of the most important current affairs events of last five decades. He has reported from more than 120 countries including 30 war zones, receiving numerous awards for his work, including a CBE in the 1991 Gulf War honours list, an International Emmy for his report for the BBC Ten O'Clock News on the fall of Kabul, and three Baftas.

Monday 24th Feb, Magdalen College

Tim Harford

Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of a number of books including “Fifty Things That Made the Modern Economy”, “Messy”, and the best-selling work “The Undercover Economist”. In the world of journalism, he has made his name as a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less”. In addition, has spoken at TED, PopTech and the Sydney Opera House and is an associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Tim was made an OBE for services to improving economic understanding in the New Year honours of 2019.

Wed 27th Feb, The Oxford Union


Week 8


Clive Myrie

Clive Myrie is a television news journalist and presenter. Myrie was a participant in the BBC’s graduate journalism programme, and has since worked for them in both radio and television. He currently works for BBC News as London World Affairs Correspondent and as a presenter of BBC Weekend News. . He is an award-winning foreign correspondent and has reported from over 80 different countries, on major events including the impeachment of Bill Clinton and on conflict in several areas, including Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wed 6th Mar, St Peter’s College