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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.

Happy Independence Day to all American friends

FlagThe Rothermere American Institute wishes a very happy Independence Day to all its American friends and supporters. The Institute will celebrate 4th July with a specially commissioned play in the Princess Margaret Memorial Garden Live, performed by Elisabeth Gray and Jack Harris, whose Southern Discomfort (right) played to an enthralled audience at the RAI last summer.

Celebrate 4th July with Theatre at the RAI

Southern DiscomfortLive theatre returns to the RAI on the evening of 4th July with an eagerly anticipated performance from Elisabeth Gray and Jack Harris, whose Southern Discomfort (right) played to an enthralled audience in the Institute’s Princess Margaret Memorial Garden last summer. An original commission for the RAI interweaving language and music, I’m Nobody, Who Are You? explores the lyrical encounters of Emily Dickinson, Bob Dylan and Hamlet. The language and personalities of three of the world’s most followed bards interact with one another in a dazzling new triptych that ponders: “What if Emily Dickinson, Bob Dylan and Hamlet were to meet? What if they did meet?”

Happy Canada Day to all Canadian friends

Canada flagThe Rothermere American Institute wishes a very happy Canada Day to all its Canadian friends and supporters!

Canada Day commemorates the joining of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces on July 1, 1867, with the enactment of the British North America Act.

RAI welcomes 'The Artist, the Writer and their Notebook' Summer School

Emily DickinsonThe RAI this week hosts ‘Learning to Write: The Artist, the Writer and their Notebook’, an interdiciplinary summer school led by RAI Teaching and Research Fellow Sally Bayley. The course explores Anglo-American writers and artists and their notebooks, examining the practice of drafting and devising, rewriting and revising.

Chisanga Puta-Chekwe: The Economic Effects of Immigration in North America

Chisanga Puta-ChekweOn Tuesday 24 June at 12.30pm, the RAI welcomes Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, Deputy Minister in the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, for a discussion of the economic effects of immigration in North America. A sandwich lunch will be served, and all are welcome to attend.

The 'Age of Revolutions' as an Age of Civil Wars: video now available

Sir John Elliott Lecture 2014A video recording of the Sir John Elliott Lecture in Atlantic History 2014, ‘The “Age of Revolutions” as an Age of Civil Wars’, given by Professor David Armitage, is now available here. David Armitage is Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Harvard. The lecture was inaugurated in 2013 to honour Sir John’s extraordinary contribution to the history of the Atlantic, the Americas and Europe.

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