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Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture

Taking place annually, the Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lectures bring leading academics and international figures to ҹѰ.

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The Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture was endowed by Dr Lee Seng Tee in 2005 on the occasion of the College’s 40th anniversary and it is a major event in the academic year at ҹѰ.


Lee Lecture 2024

We are delighted to welcome Sandi Toksvig OBE, the award-winning author, broadcaster, entertainer and founder of the Women’s Equality Party, as our speaker this year. 

As a Cambridge alumna, Sandi has returned to the university this year after being awarded the first Qantabrigian Q+ Fellowship by the which is based in the Department of Sociology. During her Fellowship, Sandi will be devloping a new Mappa Mundi project, a digital resource documenting women’s position, achievements and struggles across the globe. The project will be the topic of her talk here at ҹѰ, 'How to change the world. A quick guide.'


Revisit some interesting ideas from past Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lectures:

Race, Scientific Racism, and Genetics - Dr Adam Rutherford

This event took place on 24 November 2021.

The Rules of Racial Standing: Race and Racism in the Era of the Public Lynching of George Floyd - Dr Nicola Rollock in conversation with Professor Paul Ramchandani

This event took place on 5 May 2021

The Great Economic Transformation Needed to Address Climate Breakdown: Let Ideas be International, Goods Homespun, but, Above all, Let Finance be National - Ann Pettifor

This event took place on 15 May 2019.

State, Faith, Violence: Case Studies in the Coercion of Belief - Neil MacGregor OM AO FSA

This event took place on 11 May 2017


Recordings of earlier Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lectures are available in the .