Wednesday Lectures

These Lectures cover a wide range of topics – from international issues to matters of local interest, within any field, including literature, the arts, current affairs, social sciences, economics, philosophy, history and science. Speakers are experts and usually well known in their fields, and generously give their time voluntarily.


The Lectures are organised by the Director of Studies (Lectures) and members’ suggestions for possible speakers are very welcome. To contact the Lectures team, please email

In the past we have held Wednesday Lectures in a public lecture theatre in central Cambridge, and we intend to continue this as soon as it is safe and practical. In the meantime the Wednesday lectures will take place online.

The Lectures (when held live at a physical venue) are open to all members on presentation of their U3AC membership card. (Non-members can attend if there is enough space.) Exceptionally, when a lecture is expected to be very popular, admission is by ticket available on a ‘first come first served basis’ from the Office.

Lectures presented online (via Zoom) are open to members only. You will need to log in to access the Zoom link.

  • The programme for the term is published in the Newsletter.
  • Details of each week’s lecture are given in the weekly Bulletin and on the homepage of this website.


When and where

When: Wednesdays at 2.15 pm during the Autumn, Spring and Summer Terms. Lectures last for approximately an hour, followed by questions from the floor.

Where: Currently the lectures are held by Zoom. 

The link is given in the listing on the right (you will need to log in), or you can ask the Office to email the link to you. 

Attendees will be able to submit comments and questions during the talk, which the lecturer will usually address during a Q&A session at the end (although some may elect to take interruptions). A moderator will monitor the comments and pass them to the speaker when requested.

Recordings of the lectures

Some previous lectures were recorded and are now available to watch

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