The Romanes Lecture is a prestigious free public lecture given annually at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, England.
The lecture series was founded by, and named after, the biologist George Romanes, and has been running since 1892. The lecture can be on any subject in science, art or literature, approved by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford.
"Oxford has been said to be the home of lost causes. ... her splendid distinction, when corrupting greed and glorified ignorance are so largely dominant in the national life, still to be the birth-place of high aspirations, still the shelter and sanctuary of noble ideals."
Nature and Man (1905) by Lankester