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2nd Week Events (20-24 October)


America's Healthcare Crisis: Lessons for Policymakers

Gary LauerThe RAI is delighted to welcome Gary Lauer, Chairman and Chief Executive of eHealth, Inc., America’s leading online marketplace for individual and family health insurance, to deliver the latest lecture in its American Business: Past, Present, and Future lecture series at 5pm on Friday 17th October. Mr Lauer will speak on ‘America’s Healthcare Crisis: Lessons for Policymakers’. All are welcome to the talk, which will be followed by a drinks reception.

Michaelmas termcard now available

The Institute’s programme of lectures, seminars and book launches for Michaelmas Term 2014 is now available to view at

We hope these events will be of interest and look forward to welcoming you to the Institute in the term ahead.

On Poetry: A Conversation with Timothy Donnelly - Monday 13 October

Timothy DonnellyOn Monday 13 October at 5pm, the RAI joins Rhodes House in a special event with the acclaimed poet Timothy Donnelly. ‘On Poetry: A Conversation with Timothy Donnelly’ will be held in the Beit Room at Rhodes House and will be followed by informal drinks. Prior registration is required, at 

'A Distant Land from which we can learn little? West European Views of American Democracy, 1945–68'

Martin ConwayThe American History Research Seminar at the RAI returns at 4pm on Tuesday 14 October with a talk from Dr Martin Conway (right), MacLellan-Warburg Fellow and Tutor at Balliol College, Oxford, and Associate Professor of Modern History at the University of Oxford. An expert on European post-war politics, Dr Conway will speak on ‘A Distant Land from which we can learn little? West European Views of American Democracy, 1945–68’. The seminar will be followed by a wine reception to welcome new fellows and graduate students and to begin the academic year at the RAI.

RAI commissioned film wins festival prizes

Proem‘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 won two prizes at the Liberated Words Poetry-Film Festival in Bristol. 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.

'Montana Improvement Company' thesis wins Carwardine Prize

Montana flagThe RAI congratulates William Brown, Pembroke College, on his being awarded the 2014 Carwardine Prize by the University of Oxford’s History Faculty for his undergraduate thesis ‘The Montana Improvement Company: Timber Suits and the Culture of Lobbying in Montana, 1882–1917’. The prize has been awarded annually since 2011 to the best undergratuate thesis in American History.

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.

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