Arts of Leading

‘The Arts of Leading’ is a research project that has grown out of our engagement with the humanities over the last two years. Our aim is to promote a wider discussion about character and leadership grounded in study of the humanities. Taking leadership as a fundamentally human category and making personal formation and human flourishing central to our discussion, we are seeking to draw diverse voices into a conversation that explores the relation between ideals of effective leadership and questions concerning who we are and who we aspire to become.
See our page on The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) website.

Lectures in this series are detailed below:

Lecture Series

  • Start where the people are: leadership and the civil rights movement image

    Start where the people are: leadership and the civil rights movement


    November 3rd 2016

    Professor Stephen Tuck

    Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford



  • What is trust and how can leaders build it?  image

    What is trust and how can leaders build it?


    January 29th 2018

    Associate Professor Tom Simpson

    Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government


  • Models of Leadership in Plato image

    Models of Leadership in Plato


    November 7th 2018

    Dominic Scott

    Professor of Theology and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall

Arts of Leading Conference: February 2019

Wake Forest University and the Oxford Character Project are co-sponsoring an international conference on “The Arts of Leading: Perspectives from the Humanities and Liberal Arts” on Feb. 1-3, 2019 at Wake Forest University.

Across the globe, we are facing a crisis of leadership. While books and articles on “leadership” continue to multiply, much of this discourse remains confined to business and politics. To expand and enliven our understanding of leadership, we must integrate insights from the humanities and liberal arts.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together distinguished scholars and practitioners in the arts and humanities to explore new ways of understanding and imagining the theory and practice of leadership while attending to particular disciplinary ways of knowing. In turning to classics, literature, history, philosophy, religion and the arts, this conference expresses a commitment to the engaged liberal arts and seeks to explore what we can learn about leadership by engaging particular disciplinary perspectives on their own terms.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Kristin Bezio (University of Richmond)
  • Jonathan Brant (University of Oxford)
  • Melissa Jones Briggs (Stanford University)
  • Joy Connolly (City University of New York)
  • Paul Escott (Wake Forest University)
  • Marla Frederick (Harvard University)
  • Thavolia Glymph (Duke University)
  • Edith Hall (King’s College London)
  • Pegram Harrison (University of Oxford)
  • Emil Kang (University of North Carolina)
  • Elizabeth Kiss (Warden and CEO of the Rhodes Trust, Oxford)
  • Noelle Lopez (Harvard University)
  • David Lubin (Wake Forest University)
  • John Miles (University of Oxford)
  • Alan Mittleman (Jewish Theological Seminary)
  • Tahera Qutbuddin (University of Chicago)
  • Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Christina Soriano (Wake Forest University)

More details and registration will be available here soon.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Oxford Character Project and Wake Forest University as part of an ongoing partnership to support leadership and character development.