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8th Week Events (30 November - 4 December)


Lloyd Pratt launches The Strangers Book, Thursday 3 December

Strangers BookOn Thursday 3 December at 4pm, Lloyd Pratt, Associate Professor of American Literature at Oxford University, will launch his new book, The Strangers Book: The Human of African-American Literature, at the RAI. All are welcome. The Strangers Book explores how nineteenth-century African American writers radically reframed the terms of humanism by redefining what it meant to be a stranger.

American Literature research at Oxford makes headlines

Dr Alice Kelly has discovered an unknown First World War story by Edith Wharton. “I found it in the Beinecke Library, and I have reproduced the story for the first time,” the Postdoctoral Fellow in Women in the Humanities at TORCH, Oxford explains. The find appeared in the Times Literary Supplement (cover pictured). Kelly went to Yale on a one-year Fox International Fellowship.

Paper on 'The Modern American University: Observations from the Field' now available

RAI Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Robert Scott, presented his observations on the modern American university at the American Higher Education symposium earlier this term. A version of his paper is printed in the fifth week issue (no. 365) of the Oxford Magazine, and can be accessed here.

Message from U.S. Embassy on Global Entry, November 2015

FlagIf you travel regularly to the United States and would like to speed through airport immigration controls upon arrival, the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a special opportunity for U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom to enroll in Global Entry. Global Entry is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection travel facilitation program that expedites clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival at a U.S. airport. Members of the program can enter the United States through separate lanes and kiosks at international airports.

Man Booker Prize-winning Caribbean-American novelist Marlon James speaks in Oxford

Marlon JamesThe acclaimed Caribbean-American novelist Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, will give a reading at the Gulbenkian Theatre, English Faculty, at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25 November. The event follows the RAI’s Interdisciplinary Conversation the previous day (Tuesday 24 November, 4pm), focusing on On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Isolationism as an Urban Legend: The 2015 Harmsworth Lecture, 17 November

Kristin HogansonKristin Hoganson, Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History 2015-16 and Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will deliver the 2015 Harmsworth Lecture in American History, ‘Isolationism as an Urban Legend’, at 5pm on Tuesday 17 November in the Examination Schools.

Professor Hoganson’s research places the United States in world context, in cultures of U.S. imperialism, and women’s and gender history. She is the author of Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (Yale UP, 1998) and Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (UNC Press, 2007).

Julian Bond - Activist and Humanist: A Special Memorial Event, 12 November

Julian BondIn a talk in tribute to the eminent American Civil Rights leader, Julian Bond, who died earlier this year, Phyllis Leffler (University of Virginia) will discuss her latest book, Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond, at the RAI at 1pm on Thursday 12 November.

Julian Bond (1940-2015) was an American social activist, politician, professor, and writer. He helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the early 1960s before being elected to four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and then six in the Georgia State Senate. He helped establish the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), serving as its first president 1971-79, and was chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) 1998-2010.

Registration now open for the RAI Interdisciplinary Summer School

Registration is now open for this year's Interdisciplinary Summer School, which will take place from June 26 to July 3 2016.

RAI|Live with Benjamin Markovits: Thursday 5 November

MarkovitsThe RAI launches RAI|Live on Thursday 5 November – a new termly series which brings authors and audiences into conversation. It will explore contemporary American culture and ideas, broadly construed. This term’s RAI|Live features the acclaimed novelist Benjamin Markovits in a collaborative event with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

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