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Richard Nixon's Reputation: 40 Years After Watergate

NixonA video recording of RAI Director Nigel Bowles’s talk at the University of Oxford alumni weekend – ‘Richard Nixon’s Reputation: 40 Years After Watergate’ – is now available here. Richard Nixon thought of himself as the most resilient American President of the post-war period. Indeed he was. Defeated for the Presidency in 1960 and for the Governorship of California in 1962, he was elected President by a whisker in 1968 and re-elected by a landslide. Conceiving of his life as one of endless struggles against multiple enemies, consumed by anger at his and his parents’ disadvantages, unable to establish normal human friendships, he was never at ease with himself, his circumstances, or his achievements.

Sally Bayley launches 'The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets'

Sally BayleyThe RAI congratulates Sally Bayley, Research and Teaching Fellow at the Institute, on the publication of her latest book, ‘The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets’. The book tells the story of the diary as a coming of age story. Beginning with teenage diarists, it moves through significant moments of life from the teenage years when diary writing often begins, to the years of family, professional life, old age and death.

Tessa Roynon launches 'Fiction and Human Rights' network

Tessa RoynonDr Tessa Roynon, Supernumerary Teaching and Research Fellow in American Literature at the RAI, has set up a new interdisciplinary research network on ‘Fiction and Human Rights’. Her proposal, formulated in conjunction with Natasha Simonsen, a Lecturer in Law at New College, was one of three winners in the latest round of the TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) New Network competition.

'American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century': video now online

Chris BurnhamA video recording of The Hon. Christopher Burnham’s recent talk at the RAI – ‘American Foreign Policy in the 21st Century’ – is now available here. Christopher Burnham joined the Department of State in 2001, serving as Under Secretary of State for Management for Secretary Condoleezza Rice, and as Assistant Secretary of State for Resource Management and CFO of the State Department for Secretary Colin Powell.

"JFK and LBJ: The Last Two Great Presidents" by Godfrey Hodgson

Event date:

Thursday 4/12/2014, 12:30-14:00

Book Launch:

Godfrey Hodgson was White House correspondent for The Observer during the Kennedy and Johnson years. He has worked as a reporter in print and television, written sixteen books, and taught at Oxford. As a young Washington reporter, he covered two very different presidents, and now draws on hindsight to re-assess their achievements.

'America's Healthcare Crisis: Lessons for Policymakers': video now online

Gary LauerA video recording of Gary Lauer’s recent talk at the RAI: ‘America's Healthcare Crisis: Lessons for Policymakers’ is now available here. The lecture was the latest in the RAI’s American Business: Past, Present, and Future series. Gary Lauer has served as President and CEO of eHealth, Inc. since 1999 and became Chairman of its Board of Directors in 2002. eHealth is a leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses.

A conversation with Rep. Louis Gohmert: 12.00pm Thursday 27 November

The RAI will shortly welcome Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas, 1st District), who is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Gohmert has taken socially and fiscally conservative positions on a wide range of issues. His proposal for a ‘Federal Income Tax Holiday’, to relieve pressure on the taxpayer and boost economic growth, gained widespread attention, and he takes an active interest in national security issues. He serves on several House committees and has recently been named Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.

What's on this Week

6th Week Events (17-21 November)

 

‘A Progressive Disease: Is Micro-Regulation Killing America’s ‘Can Do’ Culture?’: video now online

Philip K. HowardA video recording of Philip K. Howard’s recent talk at the RAI: ‘A Progressive Disease: Is Micro-Regulation Killing America’s ‘Can Do’ Culture?’ is now available here. Philip K. Howard is a prominent advocate of government and legal reform in in the United States. In 2002, he formed Common Good, a non-partisan national coalition calling for an end to overly specific regulation and legislation. Common Good criticises such tendencies within the American legal system as impediments to practical policymaking and healthy social interaction.

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