History

TOIA's 20th anniversary year

2010 marked TOIA’s 20th year; a series of celebratory events and activities took place, including a Foundation Celebration lecture as well as a Christmas party cum AGM held at Trinity College.

Endowments & memorial lectures

Dorothy Rowe was Founding Secretary of TOIA, and died in 1996. She was created Cavaliere for her work to promote Italian culture. She was married to David Rowe, who gave generous funds to endow a memorial lecture in her honour. The Dorothy Rowe Memorial Lecture is held in Michaelmas term at Magdalen College.

TOIA raised other funds with which the Dorothy Rowe Exchange Scholarship has been set up for 17-18 year olds studying Italian in Oxford schools or English in schools in Pozzuoli, Naples. See Bursaries link.

Clara Cooper was also a Founding Member of TOIA. She taught Italian in the University in Oxford, a well-loved teacher and colleague. She was married to Richard Cooper, professor of French in the University. After Clara’s death in 2004, TOIA raised considerable sums to commemorate her by expanding TOIA activities. In addition, Richard and his family gave very generously to endow a memorial lecture in her honour. The Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Lecture is held in Trinity term at the Taylor Institution. The Linguistics Faculty chooses the speaker and subject (TOIA’s opinion is welcomed); TOIA is invited to both the lecture and subsequent reception.

Richard Cooper also supplemented TOIA’s funds, enabling TOIA to offer Clara Florio Cooper Memorial Bursaries to graduate research students. See Bursaries link.