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Book Launch: Historians across Borders: Writing American History in a Global Age

Event Date: 
Thu, 24/04/2014 - 16:00 - 17:30

With co-editors Michael Heale and Stephen Tuck

Thursday 24 April, 4pm-5.30pm

Join the editors of this highly original study of the writing of American history, in which twenty-four scholars from eleven European countries explore the impact of writing history from abroad, for its launch at the RAI. Arguing that historical writing is conditioned, crucially, by the place from which it is written, this volume identifies the formative impact of a wide variety of institutional and cultural factors that are commonly overlooked. Examining how American history is written from Europe, the contributors shed light on how history is written in the US and, indeed, on the way history is written anywhere.


Vere Harmsworth Library: extended Saturday hours in Trinity Term

We’re pleased to announce that the Vere Harmsworth Library will be trialling extended opening hours on Saturdays throughout Trinity Term. From 0th week to 8th week (26th April – 21st June), we will be open from 10am-4pm – an additional two hours on our usual Saturday hours.

The extended hours are being offered on a trial basis and we will monitor demand and usage throughout the term in order to help assess whether we can extend Saturday hours permanently. If you have any comments or feedback, please do get in touch.

Summer School 2014: course schedule, tutor biographies and suggested reading list now available

The full schedule for this summer's Interdisciplinary Summer School, Learning to Write: The Writer, The Artist and Their Notebook, is now available to download from our website, along with tutor biographies and a suggested reading list for participants.

Ambassador R. James Woolsey: video now available

James WoolseyA video recording of Ambassador R. James Woolsey’s recent question and answer session at the RAI is now available here. Ambassador Woolsey served as Director of Central Intelligence under President Clinton and as Under Secretary of the Navy.

General Michael Hayden: video now available

Michael HaydenA video recording of General Michael V. Hayden’s recent question and answer seminar with the RAI community is now available here. Formerly Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and of the National Security Agency, General Hayden is a four-star general of the US Air Force and is Humanitas Visiting Professor of Intelligence Studies at Oxford for 2013-14.

General Hayden discussed the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the potential implications of Afghanistan’s presidential election in April 2014, American relations with Pakistan, intelligence estimates in the run-up to the Iraq War in 2003, and the current signs of rapprochement between China and Taiwan.

Nixon the President, Nixon the Man: video now available

Nixon posterOn 12 March, Alexander Butterfield, Deputy Assistant to President Nixon, and John Price, Special Assistant to President Nixon for Urban Affairs, shared with an audience at the RAI their experiences of working for the enigmatic and controversial 37th President of the United States. The special event marked the fortieth anniversary of President Nixon’s resignation from office following the Watergate scandal.

A video recording of their talk is available here.

The event concluded the RAI’s 2014 Graduate Conference: Watergate 40 Years On –


RAI invites 2014-15 Graduate Studentship applications

RAI logoThe Rothermere American Institute invites applications from current graduate members of Oxford University for election to:

One-year graduate studentships, each to the value of £12,000 per annum, for fourth-year graduate students working in the fields of American History, American Politics & International Relations, and American Literature. The awarding committee may award up to one studentship in each of the three fields.

RAI welcomes Ambassador R. James Woolsey

R. James WoolseyThe RAI was honoured to host a visit from Ambassador R. James Woolsey, formerly Director of Central Intelligence and Under Secretary of the Navy, on Friday 7 March. Ambassador Woolsey held senior positions during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, which also included service as Delegate at Large to the US-Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST) and as Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

In a question and answer seminar with the RAI community, Ambassador Woolsey discussed topics ranging from current events in the Crimea and Ukraine, to the United States’s approach to intervention in Syria, major strategic threats to the US, and the prospects of Scottish independence for intelligence co-operation between Britain and the US. A video of his remarks will be made available via the RAI website shortly.

What's on this Week

8th Week Events (10-14 March)


Congress to Campus: 6th March 2014

Bob ClementFormer U.S. Representatives Bob Clement (D-Tennessee, 5th District) (top) and James K. Coyne III (R-Pennsylvania, 8th District) (below) will visit the RAI on Thursday 6 March for the Institute’s annual Congress to Campus event.

The day-long visit – organised in association with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress and the Eccles Centre at the British Library – each year brings bipartisan pairs of former Members of Congress to the Institute and is at the centre of the RAI’s programme to bring its research and the study of the United States to wider public audiences.

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