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RAI Summer School returns for a fourth year in 2015

We are pleased to announce that our highly successful interdisciplinary summer school will be returning for a fourth year in 2015. The theme of next year’s programme is “The Gift of the Gab: The Writer, The Artist and Their Words”, and the masterclass will explore the ways in which the rhythms of the spoken word have informed poetry, plays and novels as well as the visual and performed arts.

Jennifer Egan to give 2015 Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters

Jennifer EganThe RAI is delighted to announce that the 2015 Esmond Harmsworth Lecture in American Arts and Letters will be delivered by the acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jennifer Egan. The author of four novels – The Invisible Circus, Look At Me, The Keep, and A Visit from the Goon Squad, which was awarded won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction) and the Pulitzer Prize – Egan will speak at the RAI on Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Literature students secure postdoctoral positions

Susan BarbourThe RAI congratulates Susan Barbour (right), Rebecca Roach and Nicole Sierra, who have each been awarded prestigious postdoctoral positions following their graduate studies in American Literature at the Institute.

Susan Barbour, whose research focused on the work of the American poet and critic Susan Howe, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship held jointly at the California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Library. She received a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MA in Poetry from The Johns Hopkins University. Her scholarship has appeared in Textual Practice and The Review of English Studies.

RAI opens Princess Margaret Memorial Garden to the public

GardenOn 21st August, the RAI will once again open the Princess Margaret Memorial Garden to the public between 11am and 4pm. The date marks the 84th anniversary of Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret’s birth.

The Princess Margaret Memorial Garden was opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 5th May 2006. Created by the acclaimed garden designer Anoushka Hempel, it features ponds and displays of lavender in a tranquil setting between the Rothermere American Institute and Mansfield College.

Sebastian Page appointed as Departmental Lecturer in American History

Seb PageThe RAI congratulates Dr Sebastian Page on his appointment as Departmental Lecturer in American History in association with St Peter’s College, Oxford. Dr Page is currently Junior Research Fellow in American History at the RAI and at The Queen’s College, having completed a doctoral thesis entitled ‘The American Civil War and Black Colonization’.

RAI commissioned film features at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Proem - Hart Crane‘Proem – To Brooklyn Bridge (Hart Crane), a short animated film produced by Sally Bayley, Supernumerary Teaching and Research Fellow at the RAI, animated by Suzie Hanna and with sounds composed by Tom Simmons, has been accepted into the prestigious Ottawa International Animation Festival. The film was commissioned as a teaching tool for the RAI’s recent Summer School: The Writer, The Artist and Their Notebook, and had its première at the Institute in July 2014. As an educational project, it will be taken to schools and universities as part of a wider research project on poetic metaphors.

Peter Riley appointed Lecturer in American Literature at Exeter University

Peter RileyThe RAI congratulates Peter Riley on his appointment as Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Exeter. Dr Riley has been  Early Career Fellow in American Literature at the RAI and Linacre College for the past two years.

“It has been a complete privilege to work alongside RAI colleagues these last two years,” Dr Riley said. “Their energy and commitment to the subject never fails to impress and inspire me. And the continual influx of high-quality speakers to the Institute is really staggering; in fact my time here has completely transformed me as an Americanist.”

RAI Fellow Nick Guyatt appointed University Lecturer in American History at Cambridge University

Nick GuyattThe RAI congratulates Dr Nick Guyatt, RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellow 2013-14, on his appointment as University Lecturer in American History at the University of Cambridge. An expert on the intellectual and political history of the Atlantic World, Dr Guyatt has spent his research year at the RAI examining the connections between ideas of racial equality and programmes of racial separation in the early American republic. This project, entitled The Scale of Beings and the Prehistory of ‘Separate but Equal’, will be published next year by Basic Books.

Professor Kristin Hoganson announced as Harmsworth Professor 2015-16

Kristin HogansonKristin Hoganson, Professor of History and of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, has been announced as the Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Oxford University for 2015-16. Professor Hoganson will follow the current Harmsworth Professor, Richard Blackett and the 2014-15 Harmsworth Professor, Annette Gordon-Reed, and will be the 75th holder of this distinguished chair.

RAI Visiting Fellow Sarah Rivett awarded tenure at Princeton

Sarah RivettThe RAI congratulates Sarah Rivett, Associate Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for 2013-14, on being awarded a tenured professorship in English Literature at Princeton University. Dr Rivett, who was formerly an Assistant Professor at Princeton, specialises in early American and transatlantic literature and culture.

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