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The RAI congratulates Rebecca Howe, Pembroke College, on her being awarded the 2015 Carwardine Prize by the University of Oxford’s History Faculty for her undergraduate thesis ‘Becoming ‘Mum Beth’: Elizabeth Freeman, Quock Walker, and the Nineteenth-Century Memory of Emancipation in Massachusetts’. The prize has been awarded annually since 2011 to the best undergratuate thesis in American History.
1st Week Events (12-16 October)
The Institute's programme of lectures, seminars, and special events for Michaelmas Term is now available to view and download from our website at www.rai.ox.ac.uk/termcard.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Institute this term!
The lifeblood of American democracy, elections offer insight into the character and historical evolution of American politics. America at the Ballot Box, a new book co-edited by Gareth Davies, University Lecturer in American History at St Anne’s College, and Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, uses the history of presidential elections to highlight American political democracy and its development over the centuries.
RAI Director Jay Sexton and John G. Winant Professor of American Government, Lisa Miller, met U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun during his visit to Oxford this week. Ambassador Barzun returned to Oxford following his visit to the RAI in March 2014 to speak to an audience of local school students during the RAI's annual Congress to Campus event.
The RAI today welcomed A-level students and teachers from The Cooper School in Bicester, who made their annual visit to the Vere Harmsworth Library to explore its collections on Civil Rights. The students are working on projects considering how presidential leadership influenced the Civil Rights movement.
We are pleased to announce that our highly successful interdisciplinary summer school will be returning in June 2016. Next year’s theme is "Action Figures: Political Plots and Promises, Cultural Hopes and Horrors across the American Century, 1916-2016". It will focus on the real and imagined nature of American subjectivity and citizenship. Questions will be raised about the successes and failures of American democratic promises, their cultural compromises and ambivalence as realised in political, cultural, literary and artistic terms.
In 2015, the RAI launched a new partnership with the American Antiquarian Society, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Tom Cutterham, a scholar of early American history at the RAI and Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellow at New College, was the beneficiary of a week-long fellowship at the AAS. He reflects on his time at the AAS below: