The Women's Chapter
To mark the centenary of women being allowed to matriculate at Oxford, 2020 focused on women Global Thinkers. It began with a session led by Professor Manu Bhagavan (Hunter College, CUNY) on the first woman to become president of the United Nations General assembly, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit. The second session opened with remarks from Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. It focused on the life and thought of Dr Merze Tate, the first African American graduate student at Oxford and was led by Professor Cecelia Lynch (UC Irvine). The final session was led by Professor Cornelia Navari (University of Birmingham) who spoke on Professor Susan Strange, a seminal scholar of International Relations and founder of its subfield of International Political Economy.
The Lusophone Chapter
This term the project focused on thinkers form the Portuguese-speaking world. Professor Leslie Bethell (University of Oxford) spoke on Joaquim Nabuco, a Brazilian writer, statesman, and a leading voice in the abolitionist movement of Brazil. This was followed by a session by Dr Branwen Guffydd Jones (Cardiff University) who spoke on Amílcar Cabral a Bissau-Guinean and Cape Verdean agricultural engineer, intellectual, poet, theoretician, revolutionary, political organizer, nationalist and diplomat. The term closed with a session on Gilberto Freyre, a Brazilian sociologist, anthropologist, historian, writer, painter, journalist and congressman and was led by Professor Peter Burke FBA and Dr Maria Lúcia Garcia Pallares-Burke from the University of Cambridge.
The China Chapter
Professor Rana Mitter OBE FBA director of the China Centre at Oxford, spoke on Chiang Kai-shek, a Chinese nationalist politician, revolutionary and military leader, leader of the Republic of China 1928-1975.
The South Asia Chapter
This term focused on Global Thinkers form South Asia and opened with a session on Rabindranath Tagore, an Indian political thinker, poet, musician and first Asian winner of the Nobel Prize. The session was led by Professor PK Datta from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. The second session was led by Professor Faisal Devji (University of Oxford) on Muhammad Ali Jinnah the founder of modern Pakistan. The term closed with a session on Jawaharlal Nehru, the first and longest serving Indian Prime Minister by Professor Judith Brown (University of Oxford).
The Spanish-speaking World Chapter
This term concentrated on thinkers from the Spanish-speaking world. Professor Louise Fawcett (University of Oxford), spoke on the internationalist thought of Andrés Bello, Venezuelan-Chilean humanist, diplomat, poet, legislator, philosopher, educator and philologist. This was followed by a session on Spanish Roman Catholic philosopher, theologian, and jurist of Renaissance Spain Francisco de Vitoria by Dr Annabel Brett (University of Cambridge). The final session was led by Dr Rolando de la Guardia Wald (Universidad de Panamá) who spoke on the lift and thought of Panamanian academic, politician, and diplomat, Jeptha Duncan.